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District Highlights

Brief description of geographical position

Yuen Long Fishermen Yuen Long Fishermen

Yuen Long is situated in the northwest of the New Territories in a large alluvial plain surrounded by hills on three sides. The district covers Ping Shan Heung, Ha Tsuen Heung, Kam Tin Heung, Pat Heung, San Tin Heung, Shap Pat Heung, Yuen Long Town and Tin Shui Wai with a total area of around 14,430 hectares.

The cultural heritage and natural scenic beauty of Yuen Long rural area

The earliest significant settlements in Yuen Long can be traced back to the Sung Dynasty (960 - 1279 A.D.). The TANG and MAN clans are the earliest known settlers in the district.

Despite the rapid development and urbanisation of Yuen Long, many traditional ceremonies and rituals are still observed by residents in Yuen Long. Examples are Tin Hau Festival, Tai Ping Ching Chiao and basin meal. The district is also renowned for its abundance of antiquities and monuments such as Yuen Long Old Market, the oldest market in Hong Kong, and Ping Shan Heritage Trail, the first of its kind in Hong Kong.

Located along the trail, Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda, Tang Ancestral Hall, Sheung Cheung Wai, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall, Hung Shing Temple and Yeung Hau Temple are buildings of great historical significance. Other renowned historic buildings include Kam Tin Tree House, Yi Tai Study Hall, Tai Fu Tai and Kat Hing Wei.

Of the scenic and eco-tourist spots in Yuen Long, the most famous ones are the sunset at Ha Pak Nai, the Hong Kong Wetland Park, a facility for nature conservation, education and eco-tourism, Nan Sang Wai, where different species of animals and plants can be found, and Mai Po Natural Reserve, which is a haven for migrating birds and was designated as “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention.

Tai Fu Tai
Tai Fu Tai

Tin Hau Festival
Tin Hau Festival

Ha Pak Nai
Ha Pak Nai

Basin meal
Basin meal

Yuen Long Town and Tin Shui Wai New Town

Yuen Long Town Centre
Yuen Long Town Centre

With the rapid development, Yuen Long district has developed into a town with a population of more than 560,000 residents.

Surrounded by community facilities (Yuen Long Theatre, Yuen Long Stadium, Yuen Long Park, Long Ping Sports Centre, Fung Kam Street Sports Centre and Yuen Long Public Library), public housing estates and medium to low density residential developments, Yuen Long Town has become the core area and commercial hub of Yuen Long. Situated at the northern part of Yuen Long Town, the Yuen Long Industrial Estate has provided job opportunities for local residents.

With an area of 488 hectares, Tin Shui Wai new town has a population size of around 280,000. Buildings in Tin Shui Wai new town are mainly residential developments, including public housing estates, Home Ownership Scheme estates, large-scale private housing estates, serviced apartments and hotels, etc. Tin Shui Wai Park in the centre and lakeside recreation area in the west, coupled with Tin Pak Road Park in the south, Dragon Garden in the east and Tin Sau Road Park in the north, are places offering tranquility and beauty for local residents.

Tin Shui Wai
Tin Shui Wai

Wonderful cultural and recreational activities

To meet the needs of local residents, numerous cultural and recreational activities are held all the year round.

Life in Yuen Long is enriched by mega events such as the Yuen Long Arts Festival, Yuen Long District Sports Festival and Yuen Long District Youth Festival. The latter was first held during the year. The Yuen Long District Youth Festival has fostered a favorable environment for promoting racial integration, heightening the youth’s love for Hong Kong and China, and enhancing civic awareness.

Coming into operation successively, modernised facilities such as Yuen Long Theatre, Tin Ching Community Hall and Tin Shui Sports Centre offer a wide range of venues for holding different kinds of activities.

Yuen Long Arts Festival
Yuen Long Arts Festival

Yuen Long District Sports Festival
Yuen Long District Sports Festival

Tin Shui Sports Centre
Tin Shui Sports Centre

Transportation hub with convenient access

Yuen Long Town Centre
Yuen Long Town Centre

The external transport of Yuen Long has been greatly improved since Route 3 and Tai Lam Tunnel have commenced operation in mid-1998. With the commissioning of MTR West Rail Line in 2003 and the extension of West Rail Line to Hung Hom station in 2009, it takes only 20 minutes to travel from Yuen Long to Kowloon.

Opened in July 2007, the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor, which connects Shenzhen Bay Port at Shekou and Ngau Hom Shek at the north-western part of the New Territories, has further perfected the transportation network of Yuen Long with Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and even the Pearl River Delta. It has significantly improved the overall economy and been beneficial to community development in Yuen Long.

Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor
Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor