Does New Town Plaza in Shatin drive anybody else nuts?? I've been in Shatin for a year and a few months. When I first came, the crowds were reasonable and the stores decent. Now, it's absolute chaos. All of the less expensive clothing shops and restaurants have disappeared to be replaced by high-end ones.
Now, you could tell me to avoid it (which I do..like the plague), but I have to walk through there to get groceries and to get to the KCR.
On a related note, I've noticed that Shatin is becoming more and more 'Shenzhen-ish' every day. I lived in Shenzhen and had fun, but there's a reason I moved to Hong Kong. I find that I'm encountering less people who speak English at restaurants (I can get by with a smattering of Cantonese, but still!) and am really getting annoyed with every man, woman and child hauling around their plastic-wrapped tartan luggage on a trolley. And the noise level has gone up significantly as well.
I think Hong Kong is an awesome place but I also think the quality of certain 'districts' is going downhill. I used to think my local (HK born) colleagues were exaggerating. Now, I'm not so sure.