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Tuen Mun

Tuen Mun

Peaks and Parks

“It was a rural village where all the children were friends with each other. It was all about the natural resources here, such as the beautiful mountains and sea—even Tuen Mun town center was part of the mountain in the old days,” says shop owner Timothy Choi Yuk Tim.

Situated at the mouth of the Tuen Mun River in Hong Kong’s westerly New Territories, the district of Tuen Mun owes its very early settlements to its ties to an abundance of natural resources. Small villages and eventually a market town built up around the waterfront, which once fed the livelihood of the Tanka (boat dwelling) fishermen. Today, although much of the neighborhood is now residential, there’s a whole host of natural beauty that’s just waiting to be explored.

Mr. Choi

Fashion store owner Timothy Choi Yuk Tim grew up in Tuen Mun village before it became the larger urban dwelling it is today. “Three decades ago, Tuen Mun was a piece of green land with not many buildings, only a few public estates,” Mr. Choi explains. “It was a rural village where all the children were friends with each other. It was all about the natural resources here, such as the beautiful mountains and sea—even Tuen Mun town center was part of the mountain in the old days. The only fun was going to play on the mountain or do groceries in the market in the morning.” Tuen Mun turned its fortune around to become a modern town, Mr. Choi adds. ”Everyone was so poor at that time, but life can be changed if you work hard, following our “Lion Rock” spirit. Now Tuen Mun has developed into a new town with all the facilities.”

Be prepared to strap on your walking boots to explore Tuen Mun’s ancient natural heritage. If you enjoy hiking, then beat a path to the Castle Peak Basin. You can’t miss the star of the show here, Castle Peak, which dominates Tuen Mun’s skyline—it’s the highest mountain this side of the New Territories and is one of Hong Kong’s three sharpest peaks. The surrounding basin is a wonderfully remote hinterland that was once used as a firing range for the British Forces, and the strenuous trail that leads you through the wilderness boasts jaw-dropping views down over the territory.

Chinese White Dolphin Lookout

Tuen Mun is also home to Tai Lam Country Park, Hong Kong’s second largest, with Tai Lam Chung Reservoir at its heart. When you take one of the many walking routes round the park, you’ll notice dozens of small islands in the reservoir: these were actually hills, before the land was flooded by the catchwater. It’s now been nicknamed the “Thousand Island Lake” after its namesake in Zhejiang Province in China. Some way further west lies the village of Lung Kwu Tan, which scores points for its unimpeded views out to sea. This is a popular spot for searching out the Chinese white dolphin, an often-pink-in-color humpback dolphin that cruises the South China coastline. Take a quick walk up to the Chinese White Dolphin Lookout with a pair of binoculars and you may be in luck!

Hung Lau

In amongst all this natural heritage, there are a few historical stories begging to be told. The most famous here is of Hung Lau, an early 20th century Grade I historic building set in Chung Shan Park. Legend has it that Chinese revolutionary Dr. Sun Yat-sen plotted his uprising here, and you’ll find a plaque commemorating his theories that’s believed to have been handwritten by the man himself. Another building of historical significance is Tsing Shan Monastery, one of the three oldest temples in Hong Kong, with records that date back to 1464. It comprises mainly three groups of buildings and a pilgrimage through the property will introduce you to the ceremonial arch, gatehouse, prayer halls, dormitories and even a spot known as “Devotee’s Forest.”

With such strong ties to the land and sea, you can expect that there’s ample fresh local produce to be had in Tuen Mun. Freshly farmed produce can be found in the rural community of Lam Tei, at the aptly named Farmer Restaurant. Here you’ll find true Cantonese countryside fare with ingredients sourced from the nearby Fu Tei Village: popular signatures include fried eels with tomato sauce, pig livers in fermented wine and lotus leaf steamed tofu. Alternatively, opt for some flavorsome meat dishes at Lam Tei’s renowned Red Season Aroma Restaurant. Crowds flock from across Hong Kong for the succulent roasted piglet. Exclusive to Red Season, the baby pig is less than 20 days old before it’s cooked to produce the most tender meat and delicate crispy skin. For a spot of local retail therapy, pop by Lok On Pai Siu Lam Flea Market, which has more than 100 community stalls selling everything from pot plants and dolls to goldfish, handbags, sunglasses and T-shirts. Its roof terrace complete with barbeque area and sea view is a peaceful way to while away an afternoon.

From sea to shore, Tuen Mun is a fascinating district to explore!

 

Do-it-Yourself

Morning
  • Tsing Shan Monastery
    Complete a pilgrimage
    Tsing Shan Monastery
    Tsing Shan Monastery, also known as Qingshan Chanyuan, is one of the three oldest temples in Hong Kong, with records that date back to 1464. It comprises mainly three groups of buildings clustered in the eastern foothills of Castle Peak and a pilgrimage through the property will introduce you to the ceremonial arch, gatehouse, prayer halls, dormitories and even a spot known as “Devotee’s Forest.”
    Address:
    Tsing Shan Monastery Path, Tuen Mun, New Territories
    Tel:
    +852 2463 2629
    How to Get There:
    MTR Tuen Mun Station, Exit A. Turn right on Pui To Road and left onto Tsing Wun Road. Cross the road using the underpass and follow the signs to Tsing Shan Monastery Path. It’s about a 30-minute walk.
Afternoon
  • Farmer Restaurant
    Sample farmyard produce
    Farmer Restaurant
    Freshly farmed produce can be found in the rural community of Lam Tei, at the aptly named Farmer Restaurant. Here you’ll find true Cantonese countryside fare with ingredients sourced from the nearby Fu Tei Village: popular signatures include fried eels with tomato sauce, pig livers in fermented wine and lotus leaf steamed tofu.
    Address:
    Block C, Mei Ling Court, Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories
    Tel:
    +852 2461 2381
    How to Get There:
    MTR Siu Hong Station, Exit B2. Walk along Castle Peak Road for 15 minutes.
  • Castle Peak Basin
    Reach your peak
    Castle Peak Basin
    If you enjoy hiking, then beat a path to the Castle Peak Basin. You can’t miss the star of the show here, Castle Peak, which dominates Tuen Mun’s skyline—it’s the highest mountain this side of the New Territories and is one of Hong Kong’s three sharpest peaks. The surrounding basin is a wonderfully remote hinterland that was once used as a firing range for the British Forces. A strenuous trail leads you through the wilderness, boasting jaw-dropping views.
    Address:
    Tsing Wun Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories
    How to Get There:
    MTR Tuen Mun Station, Exit A. Turn right on Pui To Road and left onto Tsing Wun Road. Cross the road using the underpass and follow the signs to Tsing Shan Monastery Path. The walking trail starts after the monastery. It’s about a 40-minute walk to the start of the trail.
  • Chinese White Dolphin Lookout
    Watch white dolphins
    Chinese White Dolphin Lookout
    The village of Lung Kwu Tan is perched on the far western shores of Tuen Mun, with unimpeded views out to sea. As such, it’s a popular spot for searching out the Chinese white dolphin, an often pink in color humpback dolphin that cruises the South China coastline. Take a quick walk up to the Chinese White Dolphin Lookout with a pair of binoculars and you may be in luck!
    Address:
    Lung Kwu Tan Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories
    How to Get There:
    MTR Tuen Mun Station, Exit F2. Take minibus K52 from to Lung Kwu Tan terminus. Climb the stairs to the lookout tower. The whole journey takes around an hour.
Morning
  • Tai Lam Chung Reservoir
    Take a leisurely stroll
    Tai Lam Chung Reservoir
    Tuen Mun is home to Tai Lam Country Park, Hong Kong’s second largest, with Tai Lam Chung Reservoir at its heart. When you take one of the many walking routes round the park, you’ll notice dozens of small islands in the reservoir: these were actually hills, before the land was flooded by the catchwater. It’s now been nicknamed the “Thousand Island Lake” after its namesake in Zhejiang Province in China.
    Address:
    Tai Lam Country Park, Tuen Mun, New Territories
    How to Get There:
    Take a taxi from MTR Tuen Mun Station. It’s about a 20-minute journey.
  • Lok On Pai Siu Lam Flea Market
    Explore a market
    Lok On Pai Siu Lam Flea Market
    Lok On Pai Siu Lam Flea Market has more than 100 community stalls selling everything from pot plants and dolls to goldfish, handbags, sunglasses and T-shirts. Its roof terrace, complete with barbeque area and sea view, is a peaceful way to while away an afternoon. There’s also a children’s playground to entertain the little ones while you enjoy a spot of retail therapy.
    Address:
    59 Tsing Fat Street, Tuen Mun, New Territories
    Tel:
    +852 2440 1991
    How to Get There:
    Take bus K51 from Tuen Mun Town Centre (outside San Hui Market) and alight at The Aegean stop. Walk along Tsing Fat Street for around 8 minutes.
Afternoon
  • Hung Lau
    Study Chinese history
    Hung Lau
    Hung Lau is an early 20th century Grade I historic building set in Chung Shan Park. Legend has it that Chinese revolutionary Dr.Sun Yat-sen was plotting his uprising here, and you’ll find a plaque commemorating his theories here that’s believed to have been handwritten by the man himself.
    Address:
    Chung Shan Park, Lung Mun Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories
    How to Get There:
    Take Minibus 44 from Tuen Mun Town Centre Plaza to Butterfly Estate. Cross Lung Mun Road and then turn right. It’s about a 25-minute journey.
Evening
  • Red Season Aroma Restaurant
    Try roasted pig
    Red Season Aroma Restaurant
    Crowds flock from across Hong Kong for the succulent roasted piglet at the Red Season Aroma Restaurant. Exclusive to Red Season, the baby pig is less than 20 days old before it’s cooked to produce the most tender meat that’s stuffed with dry shrimp and rice, and is complete with delicate crispy skin. Other specialities include “five-finger-chicken” and pig liver dumplings.
    Address:
    1 Lam Tei Main Street, Tuen Mun, New Territories
    Tel:
    +852 2462 7038
    How to Get There:
    MTR Siu Hong Station, Exit B2. Walk along Castle Peak Road for 15 minutes to Lam Tei Main Street.

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This guide was produced by HK Magazine Media Group from 2014-2015.

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