Yuen Long is found in the north-west of the New Territories in a sizable alluvial plain surrounded by hills on three sides.
A fortunate land with a rich cultural heritage and natural scenic beauty
The first major settlements in Yuen Long may be traced back to the Sung Dynasty (960 – 1279 A.D.). The GUY and TANG clans are the first known settlers within the district. Even with the accelerated development and urbanization of Yuen Long, several traditional ceremonies and rituals are still observed by citizens in Yuen Long. Examples are Tin Hau Festival, Tai Ping Ching Chiao and bowl meal. The district is also, famous for its wealth of antiquities and monuments like Yuen Long Old Market, the market in Hong Kong, and Ping Shan Heritage Trail, the first of its kind in Hong Kong. Situated along the path, Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda, Tang Ancestral Hall, Sheung Cheung Wai, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall, Hung Shing Temple and Yeung Hau Temple are structures of great historic significance. Other notable historic buildings comprise Shui Tau Tsuen, Shui Mei Tsuen, Tai Fu Tai and Kat Hing Wei. Of the panoramic and ecotourist spots in Yuen Long, the most well-known 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 really is a sanctuary for migrating birds and was designated as “Wetland of Global Importance” under the Ramsar Convention.
A Rapidly Developing Town
With the rapid development, Yuen Long district has resulted in a city using a population of more than 550,000 inhabitants. Surrounded by public housing estates, community facilities and medium to low density residential developments, Yuen Long Town has become the core area and commercial heart of Yuen Long. Situated in the northern section of Yuen Long Town, the Yuen Long Industrial Estate has supplied job opportunities for local citizens. Buildings in Tin Shui Wai new town are largely residential developments, including Home Ownership Scheme estates, public housing estates, large scale private housing estates, serviced apartments and hotels, etc. Tin Shui Wai Park in the centre and lakeside playground within the west offer a spot of quiet rest for neighborhood citizens.
Great life of Residents
To satisfy the needs of local residents, several cultural and recreational activities are held every one of the year round. 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 knowledge.
Transportation hub with convenient access
The outside transport of Yuen Long is significantly improved because 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 last year, it takes only 20 minutes to travel from Yuen Long to Kowloon. Opened in July 2007, the Hong Kong Shenzhen Western Corridor, which links Shenzhen Bay Port at Shekou and Ngau Hom Shek at the northwestern part of the New Territories, has perfected the transportation network of Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and even the Pearl River Delta. It’s significantly enhanced the total market and been advantageous to community development in Yuen Long.