Tsuen Wan has its origins in textiles and manufacturing, but the district today is a collection of diverse experiences. From hikes and beaches, to heritage restaurants and so much more.
Here are some of our top picks.
Sixty-year-oldstands out among the many establishments in the area offering similar fare. The original owner of the restaurant opened it to cater to factory workers, and its delicious, charcoal-roasted Guangdong birds are prepared following recipes that were passed down through three generations. Half a goose is plenty for four people, and the restaurant uses all parts of the bird to create other dishes such as soy-braised goose web and wine-infused goose liver. Seafood and other Cantonese dishes are available too.
with a name meaning ‘Dragon Stream Village’, this enclave is famous for its tea houses, the best of which is Choi Lung Teahouse, where you can enjoy self-serve dim sum alfresco on the roof or patio, paired with a pot of tea. The quiet village sits along a stream and is filled with trees and historical remnants like traditional ancestral halls, making it a relaxing place to wander, soak up some nature, and learn something new about the local culture.
Airport Core Programme Exhibition Centre charts the development of Hong Kong International Airport, displaying photos and models that showcase how the airport and its related infrastructure were constructed. Its rooftop binoculars provide an excellent vantage point through which to view the Tsing Ma Bridge, one of the world's longest suspension bridges. The distinctive white structure of the exhibition centre is recognised as a historical building. Built by a private developer in the 1930s, it served as staff quarters for British army officers and then as the residence of the Financial Secretary in the 1970s and 80s. Free admission.
A tiny island south of the district,is home to a wide range of culturally and historically significant sites, from old villages that provide great photo opportunities, to temples. The Heritage Centre in Ma Wan Park showcases the history of the island from the Neolithic era to the present, while the Fong Yuen Study Hall — built in the 1900s — unites Chinese and Western architectural styles. The island is also a good spot to purchase local shrimp paste, catch a Cantonese opera production, or hang out on the beach.
The Sham Tseng area of the district is lined with public beaches, butis the one to check out. While swimming is prohibited here, this beach has impressive views of three of Hong Kong's major bridges across the water, as well as barbeque facilities, making it an ideal spot for a day of grilling and sunbathing. Simply purchase the charcoal and ingredients you require from the nearby markets and supermarkets and settle in for an afternoon.
Formerly an agricultural region that was famous for its green tea, Tai Mo Shan Country Park now attracts hiking enthusiasts thanks to the mountain after which it is named — Tai Mo Shan — the tallest peak in Hong Kong, and comprised of pure volcanic rock. Popular hiking routes include a six-hour journey to Shing Mun Reservoir, which starts at the Tai Mo Shan Country Park Visitor Centre, or a two-hour trip to the weather radar station, which starts in Chuen Lung and takes you past lookouts and abandoned mines. There's also the leisurely Chuen Lung Family Walk, a wooded path surrounded by bamboo, for the more casual hiker.
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