Tin Shui Wai is located in the North-Western part of the New Territories.
The location was originally a fish pond area and most of the residents were fishermen.
However the ponds were reclaimed for the development of Tin Shui Wai New Town in the late 1980s.
Since it was developed from scratch, the area boasts larger open areas and walkways compared to other urban developments in Hong Kong.
Unfortunately Tin Shui Wai has also been branded as the ‘City of Misery’ by the Director of Social Welfare.
This is due to the numerous family and social issues, including domestic violence, mental illness and suicide. For example, in 2004, a man killed himself after stabbing his wife and daughters to death in their flat. Furthermore in 2007, a mentally ill mother bound the hands and feet of her children and threw them out of the window of their 24th floor flat and then jumped to her death.
Ry and I had considered living in Tin Shui Wai, as we were offered a really cheap flat. However we later found out that this was due to the fact that a murder had occurred on that floor. No thanks!
According to some social workers, Tin Shui Wai is prone to family tragedies due to its remote location, limited employment opportunities and high density of public housing estates. While others have suggested that the large number of new immigrants from Mainland China, struggling to adjust to the different cultural and social dynamics of Hong Kong, also contributes to the problem.
Nevertheless, Tin Shui Wai does have some beautiful parks and greenery.
Our chosen destination was the Wetland Park; however we got slightly sidetracked on our walk…
This is the perfect invention for Hong Kong cyclists, as locals tend to have their umbrellas up come rain or shine!
We also came across a ‘Scented Garden,’ though it didn’t smell of anything.
It didn’t even have flowers inside, maybe it was just meant to smell of grass? I don’t even know.
I got a picture on a duck though! 😀
Almost at the Wetland Park…
Unfortunately it was due to close soon after we arrived, which was pretty disappointing.
Nevertheless, we rested on the grass, checked out the views and decided to come back earlier on our next day off 🙂
Stay tuned for The Wetland Park 😉