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Area

926 hectares

Population

About 420,000

Highlights

Wong Tai Sin District, lying to the east of the Kowloon Peninsula, is the only administrative district in Hong Kong without a coastline. The District takes its name from the famous Wong Tai Sin Temple. With the mission of spreading "sympathy and benevolence", the Temple is a prominent spot in the District.

Many years ago, the District was a rural area sparsely populated by natives of Panyu and Hakka origins. It was gazetted to be part of New Kowloon in 1937. With the influx of refugees from mainland China to Hong Kong, squatter huts were built in the District. Construction of public housing commenced in 1957, with the first Mark I type resettlement block built at Lo Fu Ngam (later renamed Lok Fu). Over the years, the District has evolved, with the gradual clearance of squatter houses and the redevelopment of public housing estates.

The District is situated in the northeast part of the Kowloon Peninsula. It is bounded by the Lion Rock Mountain (Sze Chi Shan) and Tate's Cairn (Tai Lo Shan) to the north; the Kowloon Peak (Fei Ngor Shan) to the east; New Clear Water Bay Road and Prince Edward Road East to the south; and Junction Road and Lion Rock Tunnel to the west.

The District now has three inter-district highways, a number of intra-district networks and two tunnels (referring to the southern ends). The District can be accessed by various transport modes, including the MTR, public buses, public light buses, residents' coach services and taxis.

 

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