Tsuen Wan District

Area: 6,000 hectares

Population: About 300,000

Highlights: Tsuen Wan was the first new town to be developed in Hong Kong. Although many private housing estates and commercial building have been built here in recent years, there remains much about Tsuen Wan which recalls its rural past.

The name of Tsuen Wan comes from the much earlier name "Chien Wan", which means "Shallow Bay". In 1898, Tsuen Wan village only had a population of about 3,000. Substantial development took place only in the early 1950s with the establishment of a number of industries in the Chai Wan Kok area.

Tsuen Wan is situated in the western part of the New Territories. The district is bounded by Wo Yi Hop Road and Texaco Road to the east. Its western end extends to Tsing Lung Tau, while the northern part covers the hilly areas of Tai Mo Shan. Its coastline provides a natural boundary to the south, but Ma Wan Island and northeast Lantau are also part of the Tsuen Wan district.

Tsuen Wan has unique characteristics which differ substantially from those of other 'new towns'. Visitors will see lots of modern skyscrapers set against Hong Kong's usual backdrop of mountains and seas, and also many traditional and older features. In Tsuen Wan, among the newer infrastructure, there are numerous areas retaining older, smaller and more congested developments with the appearance of traditional villages. Today, Tsuen Wan has its own town hall, organizes its own arts and sports festivals, and provides a host of interesting annual functions and activities such as the festival lighting programme for the residents and visitors. Tsuen Wan is definitely a place well worth visiting!