About Yuen Long
Located at the northwestern New Territories of Hong Kong, Yuen Long literally meant an arable, extensive lowland along a river or lake. Geographically, Yuen Long is a large plain surrounded by hills on three sides. Given the fertile soil and dependable water supply, the earliest significant settlements in Yuen Long can be traced back to the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 AD).
Yuen Long Old Market was a thriving commercial centre as early as the 17th century. It was not only a distribution centre for agricultural produce and daily necessities of the villagers in Kam Tin and Ping Shan, but also a designated market for farmers, boat people and shoppers from villages along the coast of Guangdong Province. The streets in the market were lined with shops of various trades as well as traditional inns and wine shops. Today several of these old buildings remain in good condition nearly 200 years after they were built and are of high heritage value with the Old Market now known as ‘a street of the Qing Dynasty’.
Since the 1970s, the Hong Kong government started to develop the New Territories. Despite the rapid development and urbanization of Yuen Long, many traditional ceremonies and rituals are still observed by residents, namely Tin Hau Festival, Tai Ping Ching Chiao and Basin Meal. The district is also renowned for its abundance of antiquities and monuments. The great variety of food makes Yuen Long not only a favorite destination for local residents, but also a gourmet heaven attracting tourists from all over the world.