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Tsuen Wan
New Town
Overview of Tsuen Wan city centre
Overview of Tsuen Wan city centre
Country (SAR) Hong Kong
RegionNew Territories
DistrictTsuen Wan District
 • Total32.85 km2 (12.68 sq mi)
 • Total855,804
Tsuen Wan New Town
Traditional Chinese荃灣新市鎮
the area of Tsuen Wan New Town in 1961

Tsuen Wan New Town is a new town in Hong Kong. It spans Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung and the eastern part of Tsing Yi Island. Traditionally, the administrative officials of Tsuen Wan managed the area of Tsuen Wan proper, Kwai Chung, Tsing Yi Island, Ma Wan and Northeast Lantau Island. Its total development area is about 24 square kilometres (9.3 sq mi). The population of the new town is approximately 801,800, with the planned capacity being 845,000.[1]

Development of the Tsuen Wan satellite town commenced in the 1950s, along with Kwun Tong satellite town. In 1961, the government of Hong Kong decided to expand the satellite town into neighbouring Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi, and Tsuen Wan New Town was established as the first new town in Hong Kong. In 1982, the Tsuen Wan District was created under the District Administration Scheme. In 1985, with the explosion of population in the new town, Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi were spun off to form the new Kwai Tsing District. Thus, the town is now under two administrative districts. In some recent official reports, Kwai Chung New Town and Tsing Yi New Town are separated from Tsuen Wan New Town.[2]

Despite being a part of the New Territories, the town is also considered a part of the Hong Kong metro area by the Planning Department and Urban Renewal Authority.[3][4] Along with Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, it is the only area in the New Territories classified as the core urban area of Hong Kong.[5] Part of this is because the town was developed early and is not geographically separated from Kowloon by hills. Also, there are no New Territories taxis service within most parts of the town, unlike other new towns in the New Territories.

See also


  1. ^ "W3 Tsuen Wan New Town". Civil Engineering and Development Department. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  2. ^ 區議會分區,新市鎮和小規劃統計區 / District Council District, New Town and Tertiary Planning Unit; and 區議會分區和新市鎮和年齡 / District Council District and New Town and Age. 人口分布推算,2006-2015 / Projections of Population Distribution, 2006-2015 (PDF) (Report) (in Chinese and English). 規劃署 / Planning Department. Appendices. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2022.((cite report)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Tsuen Wan Town Centre Project (Vision City)". Urban Renewal Authority. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  4. ^ Development Bureau and the Planning Department (October 2007). The Hong Kong 2030: Planning Vision and Strategy (PDF) (Final report). Chapter 11: Preferred Development Option.
  5. ^ Planning Department (July 2022). Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines. Chapter 2: Residential Densities.

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