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Kwai Tsing District

Kwai Tsing
葵青區
District
Kwai Tsing District
Night view of Kwai Tsing Container Terminals in the Kwai Tsing District
Night view of Kwai Tsing Container Terminals in the Kwai Tsing District
Official logo of Kwai Tsing
Official emblem
Location of Kwai Tsing within Hong Kong
Location of Kwai Tsing within Hong Kong
Coordinates:
Country Hong Kong
Region New Territories
Constituencies 29
Government
 • District Council Chairman Fong Ping (BPA)
Area
 • Total 21.82 km2 ( sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 523,300
 • Density

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Time zone Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
Website Kwai Tsing District Council
Kwai Tsing District
Traditional Chinese 葵青區
Villa Esplanada at the center, Martime Square and Tsing Yi Bridge (North) on the left

Kwai Tsing (Chinese: 葵青區; Cantonese IPA: [kʰwɐi11 tsɪŋ55 kʰɵy55]; Hong Kong Hakka: kwi2 Ciang1 ki1; Putonghua Pinyin: Kuíqīng Qū) is one of the 18 districts of Hong Kong. It consists of two parts - Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi Island. Kwai Tsing is part of the New Territories. It had a population of 477,092 in 2001. The district has the third least educated residents and their income is below average.

Kwai Tsing did not exist as a standalone district when Hong Kong's District Boards were formed in the early 1980s. It remained as a part of Tsuen Wan district until 1985. The newly created district was known as Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi District (葵涌及青衣區) until 1988, when its name was shortened to Kwai Tsing District.

The internationally famous container terminals can be found within the district, along the shores of Rambler Channel between Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi Island. The Tsing Ma Bridge, leading to the Hong Kong International Airport through the North Lantau Highway, starts at the northwestern end of Tsing Yi Island.

Over 75% of the district residents live in public housing.

Border

Kwai Tsing District borders in the north and west with Tsuen Wan District, east with Sha Tin District, southeast with Sham Shui Po District and Yau Tsim Mong District (marine), south with Central and Western District (marine), and southwest with Islands District (marine).

Constituencies

2007

2003

By 2003 District Councils Election, the Kwai Tsing District Council is divided into 28 constituencies:

Kwai Chung

Tsing Yi

1999

1994

etc.

Town centre

The district is part of Tsuen Wan New Town. Unlike other new towns in Hong Kong, the district has no clear town core in the course of development. Cores emerge only after Metroplaza in Kwai Fong and Maritime Square in Tsing Yi was built, but they are still incomparable to their counterparts in other new towns in Hong Kong.

Industry

Industry is an integral part of the district. Both light and heavy industries share substantial land in the district.

Basic education

Like other early new towns of Hong Kong, the district was primary for settling the influx of Chinese population around the year of the change of sovereignty in China in 1949 and the baby boom afterwards. Public housing estates were built throughout the district. Many schools have been established by various charities and religious organisations. Some have provided vocational training for industries in Hong Kong while some have become liberal schools. As the community has aged, the number of school children declined after the 2000s, and schools are facing survival problems.

Secondary schools in 2006:

Transport

The usual forms of transportation in the district are buses, minibuses and metro.

The MTR (metro) Tsuen Wan Line has four stations on three lines running through the district:

Bus
  • KMB:30,31,31B,32,32M,33A,34,35A,36A,36B,36M,37,37M,38,38A,40,40X,41,41A,41A,42,42A,42C,42M,43,43A,43B,43C,43M,44,44M,45,46,46X,47X,48X,49X,57M,58M,59A,61M,66,67M,68A,69M,73X,235,235M,243M,248M,249M,251M,263M,264M,265M,269M,278X,279X
  • Long Win Bus:A31,E31,E32
  • Citybus:E21,930

Leisure

There are several sports grounds in the district. Biu Chun Rangers are based in Tsing Yi. Kwai Tsing Theatre in Kwai Fong is gradually becoming an important performance venue in Hong Kong.

See also

External links

  • Kwai Tsing District Council
  • Tsuen Wan New Town
  • List and map of electoral constituencies (large PDF file)
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