Tseung Kwan O New Town

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Tseung Kwan O
將軍澳
Tseung Kwan O New Town
Tseung Kwan O New Town
SAR Hong Kong
District Sai Kung
Development began Late 1980s
Area
 • Total 10.05 km2 (3.88 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 372,000
 • Density 37,000/km2 (96,000/sq mi)
Website www.districtcouncils.gov.hk/sk/tc
Tseung Kwan O New Town
Traditional Chinese 將軍澳新市鎮

Tseung Kwan O New Town (Chinese: 將軍澳新市鎮) is one of the nine new towns in Hong Kong, built mainly on reclaimed land in the northern half of Tseung Kwan O, after which it is named.

Geography[edit]

Although lying within the Sai Kung District in the southeastern New Territories, the new town is often incorrectly regarded as part of Kowloon due to its close proximity to the city. The total development area of Tseung Kwan O, including its industrial estate, is about 10.05 square kilometres (3.88 sq mi).

Cityscape[edit]

The view from Tseung Kwan O Town Park

History and urban development[edit]

The Hong Kong Government had been interested in developing a new town at Hang Hau because of its proximity to the urban area. The project was postponed for a long time owing to the extensive scale of reclamation in the bay, which is rather deep. It finally started under the name of Tseung Kwan O.

The New Town was developed in three phases. The first phase encompassing Northern Tseung Kwan O, which includes Po Lam MTR Station and Hang Hau Station, while the second and third phase encompassing Southern Tseung Kwan O, which includes Tseung Kwan O Station (Town Centre) and Tiu Keng Leng Station.

The planning of the new town centred along the MTR-corridor, with more than 80% of the population living within five minutes of an MTR station, with huge residential complexes surrounding the MTR stations. As most of the residential complexes surrounds the MTR station, there are huge parks in the rest of Tseung Kwan O New Town.

Private Residence[edit]

Two hotels complex in Tseung Kwan O Town Centre
Shopping mall of Tseung Kwan O Plaza

The Wings (Chinese: 天晉) is another private housing estate, with shopping mall PopCorn and two hotels, in Tsueng Kwan O. The estate is solely developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties, comprising 4 buildings with total of 784 flats completed in 2012[1][2][3]

Tseung Kwan O Plaza (Chinese: 將軍澳廣場) is a private housing estate and shopping mall near MTR Tseung Kwan O Station. It was developed by Nan Fung Group in 2004. It comprises 8 high-rise buildings with a total of 2880 units.[4]

Park Central (Chinese: 將軍澳中心) is a private housing estate and shopping mall near MTR Tseung Kwan O Station. It was developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties. It comprises 10 high-rise buildings.[5]

Population[edit]

According to the 2011 census, the population of Tseung Kwan O New Town is around 372,000.

As Tseung Kwan O is not considered a formal entity in the census, the above population figure takes into account residents of the following breakdown figures in Sai Kung District which comprise Tseung Kwan O New Town: Hang Hau, Sheung Tak, Tsui Lam, Hong King, Po Lam, Yan Ying, Wan Hang, King Lam, Hau Tak, Fu Yu, Tung Ming, On Hong, and Kwon Ming.

The other three census areas in Sai Kung District – namely Sai Kung Central, Pak Sha Wan, and Sai Kung Islands – are not within the new town.

Facilities[edit]

Tseung Kwan O Hospital is located on Po Ning Lane in the Hang Hau area. A public sports centre and a library are situated by the roundabout at the end of Tseung Kwan O Tunnel Road. Tseung Kwan O lacks a performing arts centre.

Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground was built for the 2009 East Asian Games. It was completed in early 2009 and will also host Hong Kong First Division League matches.

Tseung Kwan O has several major shopping complexes:

The largest shopping centre is Metro City (Chinese: 新都城) located by Po Lam MTR Station. Metro City is divided into three phases and contains most of Hong Kong's major chains such as Park'n Shop (supermarket) and Fortress (electronics) in addition to a selection of restaurants ranging from Maxim's Chinese Restaurant to McDonald's and everything in between.

Hang Hau MTR Station is surrounded by an extensive network of mid-sized shopping arcades linked by footbridges. The mainstay of this multifarious complex is East Point City.

Tseung Kwan O Town Centre (Tseung Kwan O MTR Station) is home to Park Central, PopCorn, and Tseung Kwan O Plaza.

Industrial estate[edit]

TVB City

Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate is located in the southeast of the town. It is the site of an MTR depot and TVB City, the headquarters of Hong Kong's largest television broadcaster. The mass housing development LOHAS Park is built just north of the industrial estate.

Bus routes 797M (NWFB) and 298E (KMB) connect the industrial estate to southern Tseung Kwan O. A spur line of the MTR's Tseung Kwan O Line to the LOHAS Park station was completed in July 2009 and provides easy access to the industrial estate from Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

Transport[edit]

Rail[edit]

Tseung Kwan O is served by the MTR metro systems's Tseung Kwan O Line, which currently has five stations in the new town:

All stations are either connected to or in the proximity of shopping centres and large private housing developments.

Bus[edit]

The new town is also connected by a well-covered public bus and minibus network. Hong Kong's three major bus operators all have routes with termini in Tseung Kwan O:

Roads[edit]

Several main roads lead to Tseung Kwan O:

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 22°18′15″N 114°14′58″E / 22.3043°N 114.2494°E / 22.3043; 114.2494