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.
The southeastern part of the new town has a more relaxed atmosphere with a thin strip of development along the coast with a number of public beaches fronting them leading to the Gold Coast Hotel, a local resort.
Sam Shing Estate's 3 blocks opened in 1980 and offers 1800 units, including some with sea views.
Next door is the newer private Hanford Garden that also shares similar sea views but at much higher prices.
This area is a surprising foodie destination. Sam Shing Hui Seafood Market is built around a historic fishing village. Today, a line of shops sell fresh seafood while some boats moored next door also hawk their wares in a similar fashion as the vendors in Sai Kung on the other side of town.
A long walking path runs on top of the typhoon shelter's breakwater into Castle Peak Bay.
Continuing down Castle Peak Road, the residential buildings are not too densely-packed together while small beaches line the coast.
Chu Hai College opened a new campus in these remote stretches back in 2016. If you are taking the train from the city, take either K51 or K53 feeder buses from Tuen Mun station.