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Encyclopedia > Tai Po
Junction of Kwong Fuk Road and Wan Tau Street, Tai Po
Junction of Kwong Fuk Road and Wan Tau Street, Tai Po

Tai Po (大埔) (sometimes written as Taipo) refers to the area of the traditional market towns in the area presently known as Tai Po Old Market or Tai Po Kau Hui (大埔舊墟) (originally Tai Po Market or Tai Po Town) and the Tai Wo Town (Tai Wo Market) on the other side of the Lam Tsuen River, near the old Tai Po Market Station of the Kowloon-Canton Railway British Section, within the Tai Po District. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 2348 KB) Summary Junction of Kwong Fuk Road and Kwong Fuk Street near Tai Wo Town, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 2348 KB) Summary Junction of Kwong Fuk Road and Kwong Fuk Street near Tai Wo Town, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong. ... The market town is a medieval phenomenon. ... Tai Wo is an urban area in Tai Po in the New Territories of Hong Kong that now forms the northern part of Tai Po New Town. ... You can find a Wishing Tree in Lam Chuen. ... Hong Kong Railway Museum (formerly Tai Po Market Station) The retired Sir Alexander diesel locomotive (#51). ... Opening Date 10 October 1911 Stations 14 Number of trains 37 Service Area North, Tai Po, Sha Tin, Yau Tsim Mong, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City The East Rail (東鐵) is one of the three lines of the KCR network in Hong Kong. ... Location within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ([ Click here for satellite image]) District Council Chairman Cheng Chun-ping, JP Constituencies 19 Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 148. ...


Both market towns have become part of the Tai Po New Town in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In present-day, Tai Po may refer to the area around the original market towns (i.e. Tai Po proper), the new town, or the entire Tai Po District. Tai Po New Town (大埔新市鎮) is a new town in Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong. ... Tai Po New Town (大埔新市鎮) is a new town in Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong. ... Location within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ([ Click here for satellite image]) District Council Chairman Cheng Chun-ping, JP Constituencies 19 Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 148. ...


There is a story that Tai Po was originally called Tai Po (大步), lit. big step. Once upon a time the area was a big forest. When people wanted to pass through the forest, they would walk faster with big steps for their fear of the forest. Some say there were tigers around, so people walked with big steps to avoid being eaten.


History

Starting from the Hang Dynasty in AD 963, the indigenous habitant in Taipo lived by clamming and making pearls. The pearl making business reached its peak in Sung Dynasty and started to decline gradually in the midst of Ming Dynasty. Taipo had been developed as a fishing port around the late Ming Dynasty and the Qin Dynasty.


Thanks to battles and political struggles in modern history, a lot of people migrated to Hong Kong from China; one of the destinations for them is Taipo. People first began to settle around the riversides of Lam Tsuen River and finally Taipo Old Market and Tai Wo Town were developed.


In the seventh decade of the 20th century, the British government has implemented to develop satellite cities--- the first industrial estate in Hong Kong was built in Taipo in 1974; Taipo was named as “new town” in 1979; the first public housing estate in Taipo--- Tai Yuen Estate was established in 1981. Population has soared to 320, 000 and Taipo began to prosper following the completion of the Tolo Harbour Highway.


People

While being a new town, Tai Po is populated with a lot of people with Hakka origin. Before the 70's, immigrants from Canton Province in China migrated to Hong Kong. Many of the Hakka people moved to Tai Po, Fanling and Sheng Shui. In Tai Po, you will notice a large population of Hakka people in Tai Po Market (大埔墟), especially around the area of "Little Park" (公園仔). Andrew Leung once lived there. Henan, Shanxi, Guangdong, Jiangxi and Fujian provinces The Hakka are a subgroup of the Han Chinese people who live predominantly in the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangxi, and Fujian in China. ...


External Links

  1. Tai Po District Council: http://www.districtcouncils.gov.hk/tp/chinese/welcome.htm
  2. 大埔超級城: http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%A4%A7%E5%9F%94%E8%B6%85%E7%B4%9A%E5%9F%8E#.E6.AD.B7.E5.8F.B2

 
 

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