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Tai Po used to be a modest village town with historical relics and charming scenery. Now, it has been transformed into a thriving and prosperous new town. It is a marvel that the tranquility of its traditional villages have been preserved and coexist in harmony with the high-rise buildings of the bustling new town.  There are about 320,000 residents in Tai Po. Most of them live in private buildings in the new and the old Market areas and the six public housing estates , while the others live in the 80 plus villages in the district.

The Tai Po District, covering an area of some 14,700 hectares, lies in the northeast of the New Territories. The district is made up of two geographical areas - Tai Po proper and Sai Kung North. 

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Vendor, Fu Shin Street, Tai Po, New TerritoriesFu Shin Street Old Market - Fu Shin Street is a pedestrian lane that has been serving as Tai Po's market for more than a century. It bustles with activity from 7am to 6pm as housewives shop here to secure the freshest produce, fish, dried herbs, and other ingredients for the day's meals.


House in Hon Wai Terrace, Tai Po, New TerritoriesHon Wai & Cheungha Temple - Located on the hillside, across the river from Tai Wo train station, the village of Hon Wai is representative of the types of housing before the high-rise units of the New Towns were built. 



Hong Kong Railway Museum, Tai Po, New TerritoriesHong Kong Railway Museum - Opened in 1985, the museum is located at the site where the Old Tai Po Market Railway Station was built in 1913. The Old Tai Po Market Railway Station was declared a monument a year after it ceased to be a station in 1983. The site, together with the buildings and relevant exhibits, were then given to the government by KCRC with compliments for the construction of the Museum.  There are three carriages on the tracks for public viewing and appreciation of the contrast between the old and the new -- a railroad pushcart, a passenger carriage used between the post-war years and the early 70's as well as a modern-day carriage in bright yellow and chrome trim which takes thousands of commuters to and fro every day.

Close up of orchids, International Orchid Show 2004, Tai Po, New TerritoriesInternational Orchid Show in Tai Po - Tired of looking and reading about people and places?  This album is just dedicated to the beauty of a flower (mostly orchids of all colors, types and kind, there's even one of two of roses). 


Doorway, Lam Tsuen Temple, Tai Po, New TerritoriesLam Tsuen Temple and "Wish-Making Trees" -  Situated in the northwest of Tai Po, Lam Tsuen comprises 26 indigenous villages, many dating back at least 200 years. In the village, there is an ancient temple - the Tin Hau Temple (the queen of Heaven and Protectress of Seafarers) and inside the temple, there is an ancient bell, on which "Cast in the 36th year of Qian Long's Reign" is inscribed. Two large banyan trees at the gate leading to the village. Viewed from afar the whole trees appear to be crimson in color.  In fact it is created by the red ribbons representing the wishes of the Buddhist devotees hanging from the trees. They put down their wishes on a piece of red ribbon fastened to a tangerine or orange and throw it with force so that it could be hanged on the branches, which indicates that your wish would soon come true. The higher the branch, the quicker your dream will be realized.

Man Mo Temple, Tai Po, New TerritoriesMan Mo Temple - Built in 1891, the Man Mo Temple is the first declared monument in the New Territories. The Temple was built by the Tsat Yeuk villagers and was once used by market administrators and for housing overnight guests. Careful restoration work by the Government and the Tsat Yeuk Rural Committee has given the Temple an authentic look.  Dedicated to the Taoist gods of war and literature, the temple is a popular spot for older residents to gather and play mahjong or simply pass the time. As at the Man Mo Temple on Hong Kong Island, huge incense coils suspended from the temple's ceiling are purchased by worshippers and burn for more than 2 weeks.

Walking Trail, Mui Shue Hang Playground, Tai Po, New TerritoriesMui Shue Hang Playground - Running east of the river north of the treatment plant into Tai Wo, Mui Shue Hang Playground has lovely walking trails along the river and is a favorite among locals for their daily walks, jogging or exercise.  It was also a favorite of mine, as I walked frequently from Hong Lok Yuen to Tai Wo for my daily stroll before moving.


Mail Boxes, Mui Shue Hang Village, Tai Po, New TerritoriesMui Shue Hang Village - Mui Shue Hang Village is a small community that exits from the Playground trail and is located under and to the far side of an overpass on Highway 90.  A good example of how locals life in and around Tai Po.


Sleeping with the dead, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong KongStreet Scenes in Tai Po - A collection of pictures to show the flavour of life in and around Tai Po.




Tai Po Waterfront Park, Tai Po, New TerritoriesTai Po Waterfront Park - Currently the largest park in Tai Po District is the Tai Po Waterfront Park which was completed in 1997 at a cost of $210 million. Facing the Tolo Harbour, the Park covers an area of 22 hectares and is located south to the Tai Po Industrial Estate. The park provides a large variety of facilities including a 1.2 km-long promenade walk, sitting-out areas, a jogging trail with fitness stations, a cycle track and a 600-seat amphitheatre.  Situated inside the Tai Po Waterfront Park, the 32.4-metre-high Lookout Tower was built to commemorate Hong Kong's reunification with its motherland in 1997. Visitors can climb up the Tower and take a bird's eye view of the whole Park.

Early morning, Tolo Harbour, Tai Po, New TerritoriesTolo Harbour - Located in the northeastern edge of the New Territories and surrounded by grassy low hills and lush woodlands, Tolo Harbour is home to several fishing villages, including Tap Mun as well as new luxury apartments in south Tai Po.  Pictures were taken from our DeerHill Bay Apartment, mostly at sunrise or early morning.  Views are quite stunning.  Tolo Harbour - One Morning's Sunrise is just that - documentation of the changing skies during one August morning.

DeerHill Bay Complex, Tai Po, New TerritoriesDeerHill Bay - DeerHill Bay is a luxury apartment complex located on Tai Po Road south of Tai Po and north of Chinese University.  It is located high on the hill overlooking Tolo Bay.  I may be partial since I live there, but I think it is very special and I can't think of a nicer view to wake up to (see above).



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