Welcome to The New Territories
Once merely sleepy countryside, Hong Kong's New Territories are
now absorbing the region's growing population with a growing
populace of over 3 million. Although still ignored by many
tourists, the scenic countryside around Hong Kong has a diverse
landscape that varies from mountains and meadows to towns and
Visitors to the New Territories get to experience rural life in
Hong Kong, with a number of villages and public housing estates to
see, including Wan Tau Tong and Cheung Wah Estates and Kat Hing Wai
village. A visit to the Sam Tung Uk Museum in Tsuen Wan is
recommended before going to any of the walled villages.
One of the most popular settlements to visit is Sai Kung, which
contains a range of amenities and is a good gateway to the wilder
areas. Sha Tin is also worth visiting for the Hong Kong Heritage
Museum, 10,000 Buddhas Monastery and popular Sha Tin Racecourse;
and Tai Po offers the Man Mo Temple and Waterfront Park.
Eating out in the New Territories means more authentic Cantonese
cuisine, well-suited to adventurous palates. The Tai Po Hui Market
has a number of small stalls, while Hang Heung is a well-known
Chinese bakery in Yuen Long. For more familiar or westernised food,
Sai Kung has a number of visitor-friendly restaurants and pubs.
Shopping is less of a focus in the New Territories, but Tai Po and
Sha Tin have enough shopping malls to satisfy bargain hunters.
Information & Facts
The official languages in Hong Kong are English and
Cantonese. The other main language is Mandarin.
The unit of currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD); HK$1 is
divided into 100 cents. Major banks are open from 9am to 4:30pm
Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12:30pm on Saturday. Banks and
moneychangers charge commission as do hotels that provide exchange
services. All major credit cards are accepted and ATMs are widely
distributed. Some HSBC 'Electronic Money' machines provide 24-hour
cash withdrawal facilities for Visa and MasterCard holders.
Local time is GMT +8.