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Tuen Mun


 Historical Background 

Due to its strategic location at the mouth of the Pearl River, Tuen Mun had been used as a military base and as a centre for foreign trades since the Tang Dynasty (610 - 906 AD). Tuen Mun takes its name "Tuen" from the formation of a military base and "Mun" from the physical setting of the area where the channel running in between the two major mountain ranges, the Castle Peak to the west and the Tai Lam foothills to the east, looking like a door.

Before 1960, people living in Tuen Mun were mostly engaged in fishing and farming. Tuen Mun San Hui was the market centre in that period. In the early sixties, Tuen Mun was identified for new town development as part of government's strategy of decentralization of urban development from the congested urban areas.

Photo of Tuen Mun in 1971, when the New Town Development was at an early stage
Tuen Mun in 1971, when the New Town Development was at an early stage


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