Ta Kwu Ling

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Not to be confused with Ta Ku Ling (also 打鼓嶺 in Chinese) in Sai Kung District, New Territories, Hong Kong.
Tin Hau Temple in Ping Che, Ta Kwu Ling
Main hall of Wun Chuen Sin Koon, a taoist temple in Ta Kwu Ling

Ta Kwu Ling (Chinese: 打鼓嶺) is an area in the North District, New Territories, Hong Kong, located northeast of Sheung Shui, close to the border with mainland China.

Ta Kwu Ling is one of three new development areas currently being planned for North District, in parallel with Fanling North and Kwu Tung North.[1][needs update]

Its name is frequently heard in weather reports, since it often experiences the highest and lowest daily temperatures in Hong Kong, due to its inland location. Temperatures near 0 °C (32 °F) occur once every few years, while daily minimum temperatures of 5 °C (41 °F) or less are not uncommon during winter.

One of the three strategic landfills in use in Hong Kong is located in Ta Kwu Ling.[2]

Before January 4, 2016, parts of Ta Kwu Ling fell within the Frontier Closed Area and a Closed Area Permit was required.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Ta Kwu Ling (1986–2016)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 28.9
(84)
30.0
(86)
30.0
(86)
33.9
(93)
35.7
(96.3)
36.5
(97.7)
37.7
(99.9)
37.2
(99)
36.4
(97.5)
34.3
(93.7)
32.7
(90.9)
30.5
(86.9)
37.7
(99.9)
Average high °C (°F) 19.4
(66.9)
20.4
(68.7)
22.7
(72.9)
26.3
(79.3)
29.6
(85.3)
31.4
(88.5)
32.5
(90.5)
32.3
(90.1)
31.3
(88.3)
29.1
(84.4)
25.4
(77.7)
21.4
(70.5)
26.8
(80.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 14.8
(58.6)
16.2
(61.2)
18.8
(65.8)
22.6
(72.7)
25.7
(78.3)
27.7
(81.9)
28.3
(82.9)
28.1
(82.6)
27.1
(80.8)
24.6
(76.3)
20.6
(69.1)
16.3
(61.3)
22.6
(72.7)
Average low °C (°F) 11.1
(52)
13.0
(55.4)
15.8
(60.4)
19.8
(67.6)
22.9
(73.2)
24.8
(76.6)
25.1
(77.2)
25.0
(77)
24.0
(75.2)
21.1
(70)
16.7
(62.1)
12.1
(53.8)
19.3
(66.7)
Record low °C (°F) −0.8
(30.6)
1.3
(34.3)
4.7
(40.5)
9.3
(48.7)
16.0
(60.8)
16.3
(61.3)
21.1
(70)
22.3
(72.1)
16.9
(62.4)
11.1
(52)
5.8
(42.4)
0.2
(32.4)
−0.8
(30.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 29.9
(1.177)
33.3
(1.311)
54.4
(2.142)
135.1
(5.319)
244.3
(9.618)
364.8
(14.362)
308.8
(12.157)
319.0
(12.559)
223.5
(8.799)
76.7
(3.02)
37.8
(1.488)
31.2
(1.228)
1,858.8
(73.181)
Average relative humidity (%) 72 76 78 81 82 83 82 83 80 73 72 70 77
Source: Hong Kong Observatory[3]

Transport[edit]

The area is far from its nearest major road, Sha Tau Kok Road, connecting Fanling to Sha Tau Kok. Branch roads connect to the major road via the Ping Che area in the south.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Low-carbon lifestyle within reach, but will HK grasp the opportunity?, SCMP, 4 Dec 2010, Olga Wong
  2. ^ North East New Territories (NENT) Landfill
  3. ^ "Monthly Means of Meteorological Elements for Ta Kwu Ling, 1986-2016". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 

Coordinates: 22°32′21″N 114°09′42″E / 22.5392°N 114.1616°E / 22.5392; 114.1616