With numerous farms and hiking trails, cute restaurants and cafes, an IMAX cinema and more, there’s so much to do in Yuen Long that we almost don’t know where to start! For some, Yuen Long can seem like a whole different world that can be a little difficult to navigate, but don’t let it stop you from enjoying a family day out in this super fun neighborhood! Read on for our top picks on what to do and where to eat in Yuen Long. Get ready to play!
MY CINEMA YOHO MALL is the only IMAX Cinema in Yuen Long and the New Territories West and probably offers the cheapest tickets for IMAX movies that you can find in Hong Kong! A ticket for a 3D IMAX movie only costs HK$130 and HK$65 for a 2D movie. The cinema also claims to be the comfiest IMAX theater with extra wide seats and tons of leg space - a huge plus for those with long legs! They also have a bar stocked with craft beers and wines that are buy one, get one free every day from 4pm to 7pm until the end of September 2017.
MY CINEMA YOHO MALL, Shop 1021, Level 1, YOHO MALL I, 9 Long Yat Rd, Yuen Long, www.cinema.com.hk
Further away from the urban areas in Yuen Long, Ping Shan is a must visit for young culture lovers who wish to catch a glimpse of old Hong Kong. Ping Shan Heritage Trail is an easy hiking trail suitable for the whole family where you can see many old, traditional Chinese buildings, temples and halls. Feeling hungry? Have a feast at Ping Shan Traditional Poon Choi which offers traditional Cantonese cuisine served in a giant basin with abalone, dried mushroom, prawns, chicken and more.
How to get there: The trail starts from Tsui Shing Lau Pagoda which is at MTR Tin Shui Wai Station Exit E.
Ping Shan Heritage Trail, http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/culture-heritage/historical-sites/chinese/ping-shan-heritage-trail.jsp
Ping Shan Traditional Poon Choi, G/F, 36 Tong Fong Chuen, Yuen Long, +852 2617 8000
Looking for a nice coffee break? Yuen Long boasts a host of small but quality cafes. With award winning baristas and beans from around the world, Accro Coffee serves some of the best single origin coffee in town and is a must-visit for coffee aficionados. Aldou Cafe is another favorite hangout spot for coffee lovers with their signature aromatic house blend.
Eco-adventure seekers will not be disappointed in Yuen Long - head to The Wetland Park for a walk through the marshes, a play with the mudskippers, and an educational adventure into Hong Kong's stunning wetlands. The entire area is easy for kids of all ages to walk around and it's entirely stroller-friendly, making it a fabulous family day out for all aged clans.
Wetland Park, Wetland Park Road, www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong/articles/play/wetland-park
Coming to Yuen Long this fall is The Boxes, an outlet mall with 214 stores. It is a 420,000-square-foot mall built with London’s Boxpark Shoreditch in mind, with stores pre-fabricated and scattered in colorful boxes that resemble shipping containers. You can expect cheap finds and buys, as well as an array of recreational facilities and occasional markets and concerts.
The Boxes, 300 San Tin Tsuen Road, Yuen Long, www.theboxes.com.hk.
Whether you’re looking for fancy Japanese fare or a farm-to-table vegetarian feast, Yuen Long will not disappoint. A small, cozy traditional Japanese restaurant, Sushi Man is a popular spot for top-notch Omakase sushi and sashimi. A la carte options are also available including their signature insta-worthy sea urchin bowl, as well as hot and cooked food for small eaters like udon noodles and steamed egg. Or, check out O Veg, a private kitchen that opens only Friday to Sunday. All their food is made from scratch only with locally grown farm produce.
Sushi Man, Shop 5, G/F, Lee Fat House, No. 5 Yan Lok Square, Yuen Long, +852 2285 9477. Reservation recommended. Facebook Page.
O Veg, G/F, 53 Tai Kong Po, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, +852 2893 3037. Reservation is a must.
When in Yuen Long, one thing you can’t miss is the local food. From sweet treats kiddos are sure to love to other slightly funkier looking street snacks, both adventurous and picky eaters are spoilt for choice. Head down to Sumore for egg waffles with an indulgent, sweet twist. Chocolate egg waffles with Oreo filling and M&M’s? Yes, please! Mrs. Tang Cafe, hidden away in Hang Tau Tsuen, Ping Shan, is one of the best-kept secrets amongst locals. If you happen to be cycling in the area, make sure you try their signature pineapple bun with tomato and egg, and wash it down with an icy cold HK-style milk tea.
Sumore, Shop 11C, G/F, 38 Yau San Street, Yuen Long, +852 5502 0802.
Mrs Tang Cafe, Hang Tau Tsuen, Ping Shan, Yuen Long, +852 2617 2232.
Hotdog Brothers, Shop C, 14 Yuen Long Pau Cheung Square, Yuen Long, +852 9383 8371
Santos Fried Chicken, Shop E, G/F, Wing Fung Building, 40-48 Yau San Street, Yuen Long
Yuen Long is dotted with farms that are perfect for a family day out packed with kid-friendly activities. 448 Farm opened in early 2017 and quickly became a crowd favorite with so much on offer: a vintage Bus Cafe, animals area, barbecue pits, flower farm and more. When it’s strawberry season (December - April), head to Kam Tin Country Club which has over 100,000 sqft of fields growing strawberries from different countries available for picking.
Little Steps’ Guide to Organic Farms in Hong Kong, www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong/articles/play/organic-farms-hong-kong.
Mingle Farm, www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong/articles/play/mingle-farm
Go Green Organic Farm, Si Pai Shek, Kam Tin, Yuen Long.
HKFYG Organic Farm, No. 1 Family Walk, Ho Pui Reservoir, Pat Heung, Yuen Long, +852 2838 4808, www.organicfarm.hkfyg.org.hk.
In need of shelter during your day out? Check out Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library, aka Hong Kong’s most beautiful library. Unlike other usual libraries you can find in HK, this is an architectural gem that blends perfectly the old and new in the neighborhood. Constructed primarily of wood, bricks, and concrete, the library offers a homey environment for a day of quiet reading, with a huge space for parent-child reading. It is also the first library that offers an outdoor reading area. Alternatively, head down to the Green Atrium, where you’ll find an Interactive Learning Centre packed full of activities and games for children to understand farming, ecology, and environmental protection.
Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library, Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Cultural And Leisure Building, 1 Tsui Sing Rd, Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Long, +852 2126 7520.