Whenever I visit Tsuen Wan I always feel the place has a bit of an identity crisis – part new town, part old market town and part industrial centre. It’s a bit of a mess I feel, and wandering around the ‘newer’ parts of town is often an exercise in problem solving as you attempt to find the most convenient flyover in order to simply cross the road. It’s a bit of a pain if you are not familiar with the place. Perhaps this can be explained by the fact that Tsuen Wan’s transformation into a New Town was the first of its kind in HK and, as such, a bit experimental in nature?
Regardless of the reason, what you find now is a place where old village buildings can be found stuck in the middle of urban residential highrises of various ages and provide a stark contrast between Tsuen Wan now and then.