MTR 180: YUEN LONG & LONG PING
From trading post to bedroom community....
Though its origins can be traced back to the Qin Dynasty, the history of the Yuen Long that we know really only starts in 1669, when the Qing
government revoked a 1662 imperial edict forcing the population in the southeast coastal area to move inland to prevent collusion with the
Upon their return, villagers set up a market at what is now Yuen Long Kau Hui which, while it is far from the coast today, was beside the
seashore then. The market was an outlet for the local farmers and fishermen to sell their produce and a source for items they couldn’t make
or grow themselves.
In the 1930s, Castle Peak Road was built to connect major areas of the New Territories with Kowloon. To benefit from this new traffic artery,
the market was moved to its current location.
After the Second World War, small scale industrial areas grew up in the northern part of town and the importance of farming on the local
Access to Yuen Long was never easy. Until the building of the transport infrastructure required for the airport at Chek Lap Kok, it would take
2 hours or more by public transport to get from Kowloon to Yuen Long. The construction of the Tai Lam Tunnel and the MTR West Rail line,
however, has changed this and Yuen Long is witnessing a tremendous building boom at the moment.
In the course of this walk, we will visit various sites related to the history mentioned above. Amongst the high-lights are a walled village hiding
in plain sight next to Yuen Long MTR station, temples and streets within Yuen Long Kau Hui, one of the two current municipal markets, a
village with many pre-war villas and the aviary at the large Yuen Long Park. There should also be time for a little browsing in the small streets
on either side of Castle Peak Road before we finish the walk by walking through a typical public housing estate to reach Long Ping MTR
The walk ends at Long Ping station at 12:30 pm giving you a choice of catching a train home or grabbing lunch at one of Yuen Long’s many
eateries (al-fresco dim sum, hearty roasts or a modern take on classical Hong Kong dishes are all available…).
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