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If you visit the northwestern part of Hong Kong, and you will discover that Yuen Long has undergone a complete transformation from a once remote village to a highly modernized city. Spanning for over 138 square kilometers, its size is three times that of Kowloon. It has a population of more than 600,000. Despite its rapid development, Yuen Long is full of cultural heritage and natural scenic beauty. There are many attractions worth visiting in Yuen Long.

 

(Last updated: 29/8/2018)

Wetland Park

In 1998, the government has conducted a study at what is now known as the Wetland Park. The result of the research made the government decided to transform this area into a world-class wetland ecotourism attraction. Hong Kong Wetland Park is used to conserve wetland and has a education and tourism functions.

Located at northern part of Tin Shui Wai, the 61-hectar Hong Kong Wetland park used to be an ecological mitigation area to compensate for the wetlands lost due to new town development. In 1998, the government decided to develop the Hong Kong Wetland park without compromising its intended ecological mitigation functions. It also enhances the intended function to a world-class conservation, education and tourism facility.

The Wetland Park demonstrates the biodiversity Hong Kong ecosystem. It’s easy to see birds, butterflies, dragonflies, amphibians, reptiles, and fish in the Reserve Area. Visitors can embrace the beauty of nature and explore the signs of life in the ecosystem. Don’t forget to visit the Wetland Interactive World in the Visitor Center. There are five galleries in the Visitor Centre explaining the feature and importance of wetlands.

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Suggested Length of Stay:

Approx 3-4hours 

       
Address: WetlandPark Road, Tin Shui Wai

Comment:

Majority of the facilities inside the park are wheelchair friendly attractions. However due to safety concerns, wheelchairs users are not allowed to visit the Mangrove Boardwalk. Wheelchairs users can visit the rest of the facilities by passing through the passageway on the right of Mangrove Boardwalk. We have suggested the park management to add clear signs to show wheelchair users about the way of direction.

 

Tips:

Visitors can experience the diversified biodiversity in the wetland. It’s easy to see dragonflies and butterflies in summer time while migratory birds in spring and autumn. The Wetland Park provides excellent habitat for migratory birds in the winter. It’s the perfect time for bird watching between October to coming April.

Ping Shan Heritage Trail

For those who are interested in the traditional life in New Territories, it is suggested to visit the Ping Shan Heritage Trail. It is the first heritage trail in Hong Kong that consists of Hang Tau Tsuen, Hang Mei Tsuen, Tong Fong San Tsuen, Hung Uk Tsuen, Kiu Tau Wai, Fui Sha Wai and Sheung Cheung Wai, stretching for about one kilometer. You get to see numbers of traditional Chinese buildings such as ancestral halls, temples, study halls and pagoda for ancestral worship, clan gathering and education.

If you wish to get to the Ping Shan Heritage Trail from Hong Kong Wetland Park, you can take the MTR to Ping Shan Station or Tin Shui Wai Station. Even though it takes longer time to walk from Ping Shan Station, we highly recommend you to choose to get off at this station as you don’t need to go back the same way where you came from and there are more transport options at Tin Shui Wai Station.

 

There are signs of direction along the way to the Ping Shan Heritage Trail after you get off at Ping Shan Station. You will arrive at the Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre if you turn to Ping Shan Chuk Lam Road from Ping Ha Road. The Centre is housed in the Old Ping Shan Police Station dated back to 22ndApril 1899. It is one of the existing pre-war police departments in New Territories, which was also used for the headquarters for police dog unit and training center during later period. It was refurbished into Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery in 1997. Even though wheelchair users can enter the building through the side door at the rear of the Centre, some entrances of the exhibition halls are quite narrow and have stone sills which prevent wheelchair users from entry. There is a long big ramp before entering the Centre, wheelchair users need to consider the above constrains before heading to the Centre.

 

When you head along the Ping Ha Road and you will arrive at the Ping Shan Heritage Trail. There are architecture compound such as Kun Ting Study Hall, Ching Shu Hin, Tang Ancestral Hall, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall and Sheung Cheung Wai. Take another turn on Tsui Sing Road and you will arrive at the final destination of the Ping Shan Heritage Trail- Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda. Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda is also named Kui Sing Pagoda, Wen Cheng Kok, or as the locals calls it, the Wen Ta for short. It was originally a feng shuistructure owned by the Tang Clan, who was one of the five renowned families living in New Territories at that time. According to the genealogy of the Tang Clan in Ping Shan, Tui Sing Lau Pagod has over 600 years of history and is the oldest existing ancient pagoda in Hong Kong. It used to be seven stories high, but the top four stories were destroyed by wind and rain, leaving the bottom three floors standing today.

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Suggested Length of Stay:

Approx 1hour 

       
Address: Ping Shan, Yuen Long

Comment:

Since most buildings on the Heritage Trail are architectural heritage, stone sills on the entrance prevent wheelchair users from entry. Wheelchair users can only take a look from the outside. It is highly suggested to based on your interest in history before going to the Ping Shan Heritage Trail.

Lau Fau Shan

Lau Fau Shan

Lau Fau Shan is famous for its seafood, especially oysters. This is due to its location at Deep Bay, which is close to the estuary of Pearl River, and the freshwater coming from the river makes it ideal to keep oysters. Due to contamination around the Pearl River Delta and urbanization, fishing industry at Lau Fau Shan, particularly oyster industry, has been reduction production. However it is still a hub where people go to just to have fresh oysters and seafood.

To get to Lau Fau Shan, you can take the MTR shuttle bus K65 from either MTR Yuen Long Station or MTR Tin Shui Wai Station. After you hop off the bus, turn left and you are at Lau Fau Shan Main Street, where there are seafood shops and restaurants. You may also come across some local traditional snacks. The end of the main street is the oyster fields and mud fields, where you can enjoy the view of the Shenzhen Bay. The view at sunset is truly spectacular and remarkable.

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Suggested Length of Stay:

Approx 1-2hours 

     

Comment:

Visitors always want to have a nice seafood feast in Lau Fau Shan. However most restaurants have door sills, only a handful of restaurants have entrances that allow wheelchair access. Wheelchair users need to be aware of that.

Wetland Park

Address:

Hong Kong Wetland Park, Park Road, Tin Shui Wai Wetland, New Territories, Hong Kong

Phone:

3152 2666(general inquiries) / 2617 5218 (ticket enquiries)

Opening hours:

10:00am-5:00pm

 

(Closed on Tuesdays, except public holidays)

Ticket:

Admission types

Fee

Standard

$30

Concession (visitors with disabilities, one accompanying carer of a disabilities, senior citizens aged 65 or above, full-time students, children aged 3 to 17)

$15

Children under 3 years old

Free of charge

 

 

 

Getting here

1.Light rail

Take the West Rail Line and get off at Tin Shui Wai to change for light rail 705, hop off at Tin Sau Station or Wetland Park Station and follow the directions and arrive at Hong Kong Wetland Park through tunnel (if you get off at Tin Sau Station) or through footbridge (if you get off at Wetland Park Station)

 

2.Bus (Wetland Park)

Bus Route

Origin <-->Destination

Citybus

967

Admiralty (West)← → Tin Shui Wai (Tin Yan Estate)

KMB

276B

Choi Yuen Bus Terminus← → Tin Fu Bus Terminus

E34A

Airport← → Tin Shui Wai City center

 

 

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitors Centre

Address:

Hang Tau Village, Ping Shan, Yuen Long, New Territories

Phone:

2617 1959

Website:

www.amo.gov.hk/b5/trails_pingshan.php

Ticket:

Free of charge

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Sunday (between March and September) 10:00am-6:00pm

Tuesday to Sunday (between October and February) 10:00am-6:00pm

 

Closed on Monday (except public holidays), January 1stand 2nd(Chinese lunar calendar)

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