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14,000 hectares


About 300,000


North District has a long history with a lot of traditional Chinese structures. The natural scenery of the district is very beautiful with unique landforms and rich ecological resources. These places with high ecological value are ideal places for hiking, cycling and sightseeing.

The North District is one of Hong Kong's largest administrative districts and is one of the regions where rural features are best preserved. The North District touches the northern boundary of Hong Kong. It is separated from Shenzhen by a river and three of the checkpoints leading to China - Lo Wu, Man Kam To and Sha Tau Kok. Geographically, the North District has four parts: Sheung Shui, Fanling, Sha Tau Kok and Ta Kwu Ling.

The early settlers in the North District were mainly farmers. Nowadays farmland and rural areas are still found in many parts of the district. As urbanization continues, the rural areas are gradually giving way to multi-storey residential blocks and various industrial and commercial developments. Today, the North District has two completely different faces - modern Hong Kong and old Hong Kong, and it is a place which offers many tourist attractions.

People interested in Chinese culture and history will find the North District abounds with many well preserved traditional Chinese buildings. Examples are Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall in Fanling, which was built in 1525 AD in the Ming Dynasty, Liu Man Shek Tong Ancestral Hall in Sheung Shui, which is the largest ancestral hall in Hong Hong, and the Tin Hau Temple on Kat O Island. Yim Tso Ha Egretry in Sha Tau Kok and Lau Shui Heung Reservoir in Fanling are also fascinating. Regarding festivals and local activities, on the 23rd day of the third lunar month, the Ta Kwu Ling and Sha Tau Kok areas hold ceremonies to celebrate Tin Hau's birthday.

Driving is the most convenient way to visit this large district. Yet, public transport is also readily available. The following are some of the monuments and scenic spots which are worth visiting.


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