Yau Yat Tsuen
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Yau Yat Tsuen Garden City (Chinese: 又一村; Jyutping: jau6 jat1 cyun1) is one of the very few low density residential areas in the central urban area of Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is located in North Kowloon, at the foot of Beacon Hill.
As a primarily residential area, there are relatively few services inside Yau Yat Tsuen. There is a small supermarket, a few property agents, a post office and a few other local stores. However a large shopping mall, Festival Walk, is on the edge of the village. It consists of 200 stores including a cinema and an ice-skating rink. The whole area of Yau Yat Chuen is also within walking distance from the underground train system of MTR and the rail system of East Rail Line.
After the Second World War, affluent families built large detached houses in the area of Yau Yat Tsuen. Since then, it has been expanded and covers a much larger area. Along with the neighbouring Kowloon Tong and Beacon Hill, the area has some of the most exclusive and expensive residential properties in Kowloon.
In the 1970s, some of the large houses were subdivided into approximately ten flats in each block. However, with high property prices in Hong Kong, these 3 or 4 bedroom flats, which tend to cost more than 7 million Hong Kong dollars, are still prohibitively expensive for a large section of the Hong Kong population.
In the 1980s, the large development scheme of Village Garden was constructed and more 1,000 to 2,400 square feet (93 to 223 m2) flats and houses were built.
In the 1990s Yau Yat Tsuen continued to expand with the development of Parc Oasis, where more than twenty 10-storey blocks were developed. In 1992 the nearby Polytechnic gained University status and became the City University of Hong Kong.