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Area

926 hectares

Population

About 430,000

Highlights

Wong Tai Sin District, lying to the east of the Kowloon Peninsula, is the only administrative district in Hong Kong without a coastline. Wong Tai Sin District takes its name from the famous Wong Tai Sin Temple. With the mission of "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 the Mainland to Hong Kong, there emerged squatter huts in the District. Construction of public housing was started in 1957 with the first resettlement block of the Mark I type being built at Lo Fu Ngam (later renamed Lok Fu). Over the years, the District has evolved, with the gradual clearance of the squatter areas and redevelopment of the 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 is served by various transport modes, including the MTR, public buses, public light buses, residents' coach services and taxis.

 

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