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Yuen Long is famous for its blend of nature and heritage. When taking a break from exploring Yuen Long’s indigenous past, also remember to check out other experiences that Yuen Long has to offer. From local diners, to modern architecture, and the best sunset in Hong Kong.
Here are some of our top picks.
Yuen Long is well known for its local food scene — from the casual eateries lining the town centre streets to storied noodle shops and lively dai pai dongs at the West Bus Terminal that only open at night. But there are also a handful of international eateries. With its pared-back concrete-walled interior and industrial decor,veers more SoHo than Yuen Long and on weekends, pulls a young crowd for brunch through to dinner. Helmed by three experienced cooks, this contemporary eatery serves all-day western fare from eggs Benedict to steaks and salads.
This renowned Hong Kong bakeryhas several branches around Hong Kong, but Yuen Long is its home — the bright and bustling scarlet-hued shop still occupies the original early 20th century building in which it was founded. Specialising in traditional Chinese pastries, it’s the go-to for traditional wife cake (a flaky pastry filled with winter melon and almond paste), autumnal mooncakes, honeycomb egg rolls and other sinfully good treats. Buy to eat on the go or take home as edible souvenirs.
The expanse of green that is Yuen Long Park is an ideal place to walk, seek shade from the sun and rest. Built on an undulating hill, the grassland is dotted with more than 800 trees and is home to a lake filled with fish and lotus plants, a waterfall and pretty ravine. Perched at the top of the park’s hill is the brick-red, named because its first floor has been converted into an aviary with shrubs and plants attracting birds. It’s worth climbing to the pagoda’s upper floors for sensational views of Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai and beyond.
The striking, modern eight-storey library at Ping Shan might at first seem more at home in Stockholm than Hong Kong, but it’s consciously designed to reflect the surrounding heritage sites. Based on a Chinese-style cabinet,is built from natural materials like brick, timber and stone, just like the neighbourhood’s Tang-clan structures. Its outdoor areas are sublime when weather permits, while the extensive collection of over 330,000 books (the second largest in Hong Kong) ensures there’s plenty of reading material to choose from. It’s a peaceful enclave to read, study or simply contemplate.
With its long stretch of mangrove beach, mudflats and calm, reflective waters,is frequently touted as Hong Kong’s best sunset spot. Flanked by mountains on one side, and views of Deep Bay on the other, this area is known for its biodiversity and the six-kilometre coastal trail along the western, sea-facing wetland; it’s great for hiking, jogging or gentle cycling. And those cranes in the background? That’s the Mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen. Prepare to jostle with professional shutterbugs and amorous couples when trying to capture that perfect Instagram moment.
Extremely popular old-school tea shop famous for its savoury-sweet pineapple buns filled with a slab of butter, egg and tomato.gets packed on weekends and although the service can seem brusque during busy times, the buns are delicious, as is the tomato noodle soup with pork chop and chicken wings. Best of all, it’s perfectly positioned for a mid-walk refuel when doing the Ping Shan Heritage Trail.
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