Sights

The New Territories is all about nature and rural culture. Hong Kong's most happening Hakka village is in Sha Tau Kok. Heritage trails runs through ancient walled hamlets in Sheung Shui, Yuen Long and Fanling. Yuen Long has sprawling wetlands and marshes; while temple fans should head to Tuen Mun for the oldest temples and Sha Tin for the quirkiest. But the main attraction of the New Territories is miles of unspoilt greenery and coastline waiting to be explored. Besides a Unesco-listed geopark, the Sai Kung Peninsula is also home to wonderful hiking trails and a vivid seaside town.

Sleeping

With the exception of a few excellent hostels (Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan, Taipo), good-value accommodation is in short supply in the New Territories. There are a handful of official HI-affiliated hostels, all in the remote parts of the region. Hikers can pitch a tent at any one of 40 New Territories campsites managed by the Country & Marine Parks Authority (www.afcd.gov.hk).

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Eating

The New Territories whips up Hong Kong's best Hakka and walled village cuisines (Yuen Long, Fanling) and makes a solid bowl of noodles (Tai Po, Yuen Long, Fanling). Waterfront areas in Sai Kung, Tuen Mun (Sam Shing Hui) and Po Toi O fishing village feature exciting seafood places. Laudable village kitchens can be found in Tai Mo Shan and Sha Tau Kok, and world-famous roast goose in Tsuen Wan and Tai Po.

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Drinking & Nightlife

With the exception of cosmopolitan Sai Kung, bars in the New Territories tend to be dart-throwing and Cantopop-belting places relaxed about the indoor smoking ban. The majority of their customers are twenty-something locals. While these places offer a very unique experience, there are a few bars in Tai Po with a more mixed clientele and a more welcoming (to visitors) vibe. Other than that, hotels in Sha Tin all have well-stocked bars, and the beer is always flowing at seafood restaurants. In recent years decent cafes have sprung up in the New Territories. Though the turnover is high, Accro Coffee in Yuen Long is a steady favourite.

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Shopping

Shopping in the New Territories is nowhere as interesting as in the city, but you can find excellent and affordable locally grown produce here, including organic rice, dried seafood and sauces. Lai Chi Wo Village, currently undergoing a promising agricultural resurrection, has its own line of condiments, rice, and other goodies.