Written by Emily Yu
Photos taken by Crispin Chan
Emily Yu, a Year 1 local undergraduate student, is one of the Student Hosts of Off-campus Peer Support Accommodation programme (OPSA).
Yuen Long is a new and sprawling town on the Yuen Long Plain located in the New Territories West of Hong Kong. You may be surprised to discover that this once rural area has become a modern town with advanced residential and commercial developments and convenient transportation, including the West Rail Line of Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and buses. Besides, there are tons of restaurants and gourmets here. During holidays, people love visiting here for its amazing food and great natural scenery. As a resident myself, I am going to recommend a few places that you must go and food that you must try.
Ha Pak Nai 下白泥
Located in Lau Fau Shan, the northwest side of Yuen Long, the shoreline of Ha Pak Nai is one of the best places to admire the sunset in Hong Kong. This 6km stretch of coastline is dotted with mangroves, fish ponds, farms, shacks and muddy beaches sprinkled with oyster shells.
It takes about 30 minutes to travel from the city center of Yuen Long to Ha Pak Nai. You can take the green minibus no.33, located at Tai Fung Street Minibus Terminus, and then get off at “Ap Zai Hang” station (鴨仔坑). Remember to check the sunset time of the day at Hong Kong Observatory website.
Nam Sang Wai 南生圍
Slightly further northeast lie the wetlands and salt marshes of Nam Sang Wai. The mangrove-clad shores of the Kam Tin River and the abandoned fish farms are ripe feeding grounds for an abundance of birdlife.
You can take a bike ride to get there as it is only an 8km circular route starting and ending at the Yuen Long MTR Station (Exit B). Along the route, you can also try the soybean pudding at Nam Sang Wai Store. The soybean pudding will surely give you a cool and refreshing sensation under the scorching sun.
Fabulous food can be found everywhere in Yuen Long. Here are my favourites!
Shilin Taiwan Shop 士林台灣麵
This is the most authentic and the best Taiwanese gourmet I have ever had. The braised beef noodle and bubble tea are the best combination of Taiwanese food. Many people would travel from other districts just for a taste.
ShuangShuang Noddle 爽爽麵店
Another must try is Shuang Shuang’s drunk chicken noodle and its homemade chrysanthemum tea.
Yuen Long is a great place to live in. It is not just a place for leisure and food. If you live here for long, you will love the interaction with your neighbours and also be able to tell the differences between other districts and Yuen Long.
OPSA Student Hosts will continue to introduce to you all sorts of advantages of living in different districts in Hong Kong. Tips and tricks about living in Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Hung Hom, Sheung Shui and Fanling are available at OPSA website. Please stay tuned with us!
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