New Territories
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Sam's Exotic Photos of the New Territories, Hong Kong

Man Mo Temple, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong  View from Plover Cover, New Territories, Hong Kong  Sunrise over Tolo Harbour, Tai Po, New Territories  View from Tuen Mun Park, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong

Before the 1980s, the New Territories were made up of peaceful countryside, with duck farms, fields, and old villages. No longer. A vast 1,008-sq.-km (389-sq.-mile) region that stretches from Kowloon to the border of mainland China, the New Territories are Hong Kong's answer to its growing population and the refugee crunch. Huge government housing projects have mushroomed throughout the New Territories, especially in towns along the railway and subway lines. Once-sleepy villages have become concrete jungles.

Map, New Territories

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Close to one-half of Hong Kong's population--about 3.3 million people--live in the New Territories, mostly in subsidized housing. The New Territories, therefore, are vitally important to the SAR, its well-being, and its future. For visitors to ignore the area completely would be shortsighted; many find the housing projects, in some suburbs stretching as far as the eye can see, nothing short of astounding. If, on the other hand, it's peace and quiet you're searching for, don't despair. The New Territories are so large and so mountainous that not all the land has been turned into housing, and the area still makes an interesting side trip--it's so different from the city itself that it's almost like visiting an entirely different country.

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