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Hong Kong Travel, New Territories, The Wetlands

About the New Territories

Lush nature and Chinese traditions, next to modernity

Although the New Territories cover most of the area of Hong Kong, they do not see as many tourists as Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, which is a shame, really, because those relatively large areas have a lot to offer...

 

Officially, the name New Territories refers to the mainland north of the Kowloon Ranges and south of the Sham Chun River (the border with China), as well as to the Outlying Islands.  In 1898, when Britain and China signed the Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory (the famous 99 years lease), Britain gained control over those areas and collectively named them The New Territories, just to differentiate them from Hong Kong Island and Kowloon which were already under British flag at that time. 

    

In this chapter, however, we will cover only the mainland north of Kowloon (the Outlying Islands are getting a chapter of their own...)

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Get the best choice of Hong Kong guidebooks, maps and shopping-guides

The New Territories are the ultimate choice for those of you who want to go beyond colossal shopping malls, food courts and amusement parks...

Ragged coastline with plenty of coves and islets, alongside sandy beaches.    steep forest-covered mountains, rivers, prehistoric relics, authentic Chinese temples, traditional walled-villages and some of Hong Kong's most modern residential estates, can all be found one next to the other...

 

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Maps, literature and Tour operators 

 

Those of you who really want to "explore" the country-parks around the New Territories (and there's a lot to see in them...) should either purchase one of the publications of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department / Friends of the Country Parks in all major bookstores (their "Eyes on Nature series" is quite good and includes books that cover most of Hong Kong's country parks).

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Get the best choice of Hong Kong guidebooks, maps and shopping-guides

The Survey and Mapping Office (SMO) of the Land's Department publishes some pretty good Countryside maps, where hiking and country trails are properly marked.

 

To buy one of their maps, you can call their "enquiry hotline" : 2231 3187 or purchase it directly through their website  or simply walk into one of their map-sale-outlets and see if they have it there:

  1. District Survey Office, Hong Kong,  18/F, Southorn Centre, 130-150 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
  2. District Survey Office, Islands, 18/F Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong Island.
  3. The Postshop at the General Post Office, G/F, 2 Connaught Place,
    Hong Kong Island.
  4. Map Publications Centre, Kowloon: 382 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
  5. Kowloon Central Post Office: 405 Nathan Road, Kowloon
  6. Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office:  G/F, Hermes House, 10 Middle Road, TST

Another option is to go to the website of the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) : http://www.ofta.gov.hk/en/ca_bd/country_map/index.html or http://www.ofta.gov.hk/en/ca_bd/country_map/main.html and to download/print the attached maps.

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In order to provide hikers with a general picture about the mobile network coverage in country parks (particularly along popular hiking and country trails), the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) has published a series of digital maps (PDF / JPEG) which you can download free from their website.

The maps are not really that good but they can "do the job..." (after all... you are not planning to navigate through the rainforests of the Amazons...).

 

There is, of course, the option of joining one of the reputable tour operators who organizes adventure walking tours of Hong Kong's parks and nature reserves (believe it or not... they do exist and they are quite good too...), especially if you don't have enough time or if you don't want to challenge your navigation skills...

 

Hansen's Hike should be OK (www.hansens-hikes.com , phone: 9552 0987), and so is Walk Hong Kong (www.walkhongkong.com , phone: 9187 8641)

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Read more about suggested trips around the New Territories...

Tours, sightseeing and places of innterest in the Western New Territories

Tours, sightseeing and places of innterest in the Central New Territories

Tours, sightseeing and places of innterest in Sai Kung Peninsula