Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Kwai Chung

Kwai Chung was home to heavy industry after World War II, but its factories waned as operations moved to China from the 80s.

Lai King station is located uphill and is a residential area. Cho Yiu Chuen opened in the 70s and is named after one of the founding members of the Housing Society. It had a swimming pool, which was a first for a public housing estate at the time, and the 39-storey Kai King Lau was the world's tallest public housing building when it opened in 1981.

From the shopping mall parking lot, the view opens up with the container port in front and the skyline in the background.

Although this is a public housing estate, some blocks have this spectacular view that others have to pay a fortune for in a private estate.

The estate's blocks are scattered along the hillside, and recent additions of elevators have improved accessibility.

The roads up here are a bit narrower and steep so the primary mode of transport is by minibus to Mei Foo, Lai King, and Kwai Fong MTR stations. With no malls and minimal retail up here, your basic necessities would likely involve a short commute downhill.

Further uphill, the minibuses terminate at Highland Park, a private estate with views on all sides. Next door is the Princess Margaret Hospital's Lai King Building, whose parking lot also offers a nice view that is publicly accessible.

Uphill from Kwai Hing station is a gritty area with industrial buildings and a few public housing estates. Shek Lei Estate's wet market was renovated and reopened in October 2020 with an old public housing themed decor.

The area around Kwai Fong MTR station is busy with high-end and low-end malls next to each other, busy traditional market streets, and public housing blocks.

The other side of Kwai Fong station yields a surprise. Ha Kwai Chung Tsuen is a traditional Hakka village that has survived development and has kept its somewhat lowrise lifestyle today.

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