Over coffee in Nina Hotel Tsuen Wan West, Chinachem CEO Donald Choi met and chatted with three ex-members of Tsuen Wan District Council who played a role in shaping this community, including Lu-Seng Chan, Star; Kwai-ying To, May; and Marclus, Wai-Kit Wong.
Often referred to as Hong Kong’s first new town, Star recalled a visit to the area as a teenager in 1962 to witness the celebrations of its establishment. “We paid 10 cents for a lorry ride from Kau Wa Keng and had to hold on tight to a rope in the back of the truck as there were no proper seats,” remembered Star. “I went with my friends to see lion and dragon dance on Market Street, it was so much fun.”
He added, this was the time when Tsuen Wan was dominated by textile mills and factories, and the neighbourhood was home to a large community
of workers and their families from Shanghai, whose industry experience and expertise drew them to the city. Many of this diaspora went on to continue being the entrepreneurs, starting businesses of their own, and serving the growing population.
Photo: Star Chan
Reflecting on how these three ex-councillors’ hard work over the years had resulted in making Tsuen Wan a great place to live and work, Donald Choi described his observations on the broadening demographic of the area. “It’s now a town of vitality, we have so many young people and families moving
in. The good transportation network, the infrastructure and facilities, the green spaces and gardens, it’s now so liveable for all generations.”
“I’d come to Tsuen Wan with my father when I was a kid,” remarked Marclus, “and had never appreciated what it
had to offer. But moving here after university changed that. It’s got a real ‘breath of life’. Comfortable, convenient, and well connected in all directions; to the airport, the border, the city. And the way the west coast has developed recently has really given a lot more vitality. It’s changed a lot.”
Photo: Marclus Wong