Kwai Chung is an urban area within Tsuen Wan New Town in the New Territories of Hong Kong. Together with Tsing Yi Island, it is part of the Kwai Tsing District District of Hong Kong. Kwai Chung is the site of the container port. It is also part of Tsuen Wan New Town. In 2000, it had a population of 287,000. Its area is 9.93 km². Areas within Kwai Chung include: Kwai Fong, Kwai Hing, Lai King, Tai Wo Hau.
Kwai Chung skyline in 2010
Origin of the nameEdit
In earlier times Kwai Chung was called Kwai Chung Tsz (葵涌子). Kwai Chung was a stream (Chung) that emptied into Gin Drinkers Bay. The whole bay was reclaimed for land and the stream is no longer visible.
Traditionally, Kwai Chung is divided into Upper Kwai Chung or Sheung Kwai Chung (上葵涌), and Lower Kwai Chung or Ha Kwai Chung (下葵涌). Administratively, the former is called North Kwai Chung, and the latter South Kwai Chung.
Kwai Chung is the home of the principal commercial cargo handling area of Hong Kong, the Kwai Chung Container Terminal, one of the largest and busiest port facilities in the world. The main commercial port was relocated here from Yau Ma Tei in the 1980s, in preparation for the West Kowloon Reclamation, which has left the original waterfront of Yau Ma Tei almost half a mile inland.
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