Sheltered by mountains and close to the Pearl River's exit to the South China Sea, Tuen Mun was a fishing village during imperial times. In the 1960s, the government decided to transform this outpost into a new town to house an expanding city. This new town was built on reclaimed land from Castle Peak Bay with an expected population of 649,000 residents.
Tuen Mun was a remote new town and for many years was only linked to the city by a coastal highway that opened in 1983. Its traffic jams were infamous and the transport problem lingered until West Rail opened in 2003 to link up all the northwestern new towns.
Tuen Mun is divided along the middle by a drainage ditch with the West Rail running along and on top of it. To the east, highrises go for only a few short blocks before hills rise again. This is near Tuen Mun Station.
At the time of visit in 2012, these luxury residences were being built in this supposedly lower income distant suburb. V City is one of many residential developments on top of the West Rail's stations.
Many residents were enjoying the day in Tuen Mun Park. Strangely, there were a lot of middle-aged solo singers blasting their voices on amplifiers. These scantly-clad performers have attracted a lot of controversy with accusations of nuisance and prostitution. After a public outcry, enforcement was exercised more rigorously in 2019 to remove these singers from the park.
To the south of the park are many public housing blocks.
Promenades line both sides of the drainage ditch that cyclists and joggers can enjoy.
The suburb extends north to south along the drainage channel. With a quiet waterway, dragon boaters also practice here.
Pedestrian bridges separate light rail tracks from people and cars.
Tuen Mun's waterfront looks south towards Tung Chung and the airport. Ferries also run from here to Macau.
Isn't it nice to live here and enjoy a sea view? A long waterfront promenade gives ample space for a good and scenic exercise.
As expected during the summer, visibility was very good, with Ting Kau Bridge and Kowloon's ICC clearly seen.