Yuen Long

Yuen Long is an area in the Western part of the New Territories. The district has a large community of South Asian residents and the youngest population of Hong Kong. However we noticed many more elderly residents on our visit (though this could be due to the particular area that we were in).

As Ry works in Yuen Long, he gave me a tour of the neighbourhood on a day off. He described it as a series of forgotten tower blocks and undeveloped communal areas with an air of poverty.  Yuen Long’s proximity to the boundary has also made it a target for mainland prostitutes. Every morning before and after work, he sees a familiar set of sex workers in their late thirties-early fourties, dressed casually (T-shirt, short skirt and sandals) in areas where they can get business from the elderly gentleman in Yuen Long.

Pau Cheung Square is an open area in the heart of Yuen Long that is a popular hangout for elderly residents from nearby housing estates.  Senior citizens from walled villages on the outskirts of town also come out in large numbers at dawn for dim sum or morning exercises in parks or squares.  According to the police, prostitutes target the large elderly community because there is little chance that they are undercover police. Unfortunately female residents have complained of being mistaken for prostitutes by men approaching them seeking sex.

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Walking on, Ryan showed me where he sometimes gets street dim sum for lunch.

He bought a Ma Lai Go, which is a traditional Cantonese steamed sponge cake.

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The place to go for cheap and filling portion of meat and rice:

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Other local eateries.

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We also came across some cool animal T-shirts and shops selling dried food.

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The food market was heaving!

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Yuen Long is also home to a cute handmade cookie shop and sad kittens in pet shops…

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On our way to the MTR station, I took this picture on the bridge.

Turns out it was Castle Peak Road, which is the longest road in Hong Kong. It runs from Sham Shui Po, Kowloon to the very North of the New Territories!

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We made our way over to Causeway Bay and browsed around IKEA, before ending the day with a delicious Chinese meal in Central.

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