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 Historical Background 

Yuen Long Kau Hui was the focal point of rural activities in the District as early as the 18th Century. It was a market town located at the north-eastern fringe of the present day Yuen Long Town. As a result of population growth and improvement in transportation, urban growth took place in Yuen Long Town and forms the older part of Yuen Long. Since 1972, Yuen Long Town was included in the Government's town expansion scheme necessary to implement the large scale housing programme. The first Development Programme for the new town was prepared in 1974. Yuen Long was designated as a new town by the Government to reflect its role as a sub-regional centre in 1978.

Photo of Kam Tin in the Old Days
Kam Tin in the Old Days

 

Photo of Yuen Long Kau Hui
Yuen Long Kau Hui

 

Tin Shui Wai was formerly part of the wetland system in Inner Deep Bay. The area was later reclaimed by the local villagers for fish farming and duck farming. For the purpose of developing a self-contained urban development, an agreement was reached between the Government and a private developer in 1982 to develop Tin Shui Wai for residential use.

Ping Shan and Ha Tsuen are the seats of the Tang's Clan as early as the 12th Century and the early settlements took place in Hung Shui Kiu area as a market centre.

Kam Tin Valley, comprising Kam Tin, Pat Heung, and Shek Kong, is a piece of low flat land of rural characters consisting of farmland, fish ponds and villages.

Lau Fau Shan and Pak Nai have a long history of agricultural activities, renowned particularly for oyster and duck farming.

Part of Nam Sang Wai, Mai Po and San Tin falls within the area of ecological and conservation significance in the NWNT which was mainly swampland and marshes before 1900. Land was then reclaimed along the southern coast of Deep Bay for conversion to brackish water rice paddies, shallow shrimp ponds (gei wais), and fresh water ponds for fish culture. By 1985, the dominant use of the area was fish farming. Thereafter, a significant amount of these fish ponds had been filled for urban / semi-urban form of development, including part of Fairview Park, Palm Springs and Royal Palm, and open storage uses.

The Old Days, with Yuen Long Town in the background and Tai Tong in the foreground
The Old Days, with Yuen Long Town in the background
and Tai Tong in the foreground

 

Yuen Long now-a-days with Yuen Long New Town in the background, Tin Shui Wai New Town  in the middle and Ha Tsuen in the foreground
Yuen Long now-a-days with Yuen Long New Town in the background, Tin Shui Wai New Town  in the middle and HaTsuen in the foreground

 


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