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Introducing Tai Po

Tai Po is perhaps the most interesting New Town in the New Territories. Formed from two former market towns on either side of the Lam Tsuen River, today it has a lively waterfront downtown ringed by housing estate skyscrapers and, beyond, rolling rural hills.

Tai Po offers quirky temples, a cute railway museum, and several countryside nature areas, including a lush butterfly reserve. But the best thing about this ever-changing New Town is the street life. Barter for lychees in the crowded street markets, queue for tofu or noodles at hole-in-the-wall stalls, or watch proud parents photograph their babies toddling along the pedestrian bridge crossing the river. This is old-school Hong Kong living at its finest.

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