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A hotel on New Territories is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on New Territories hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on New Territories are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some New Territories hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most New Territories hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on New Territories have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels on New Territories
An upscale full service hotel facility on New Territories that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury New Territories hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service New Territories hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels on New Territories
Boutique hotels of New Territories are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. New Territories boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on New Territories may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels on New Territories
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of New Territories travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most New Territories focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels on New Territories
Small to medium-sized New Territories hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded New Territories traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service New Territories hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs on New Territories
A bed and breakfast on New Territories is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, New Territories bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical New Territories B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels on New Territories
New Territories hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many New Territories hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on New Territories
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized New Territories hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on New Territories lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs on New Territories
New Territories timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on New Territories often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of New Territories on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels on New Territories
A New Territories motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of New Territories for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of New Territories motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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New Territories
Location within Hong Kong
Location within
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Coordinates:  / 22.407; 114.122  / 22.407; 114.122
• Total 952 km (368 sq mi)
Population (2011)
• Total 3,691,093
• Density 3,801/km (9,845/sq mi)
Time zone Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)
New Territories
Chinese 新界
Cantonese Yale Sān'gaai
Literal meaning New Frontier
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu Pinyin Xīnjiè
Bopomofo ㄒㄧㄣ ㄐㄧㄝˋ
Yale Romanization Syīn jyèh
IPA [ɕíntɕjê]
Romanization Sin Gai
Yue: Cantonese
Yale Romanization Sān'gaai
IPA [sɐ́n.kāːi]
Jyutping San1gaai3
Southern Min
Hokkien POJ Sin-kài

New Territories (Chinese: 新界; Cantonese Yale: Sān'gaai) is one of the three main regions of Hong Kong, alongside Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. It makes up 86.2% of Hong Kong's territory, and contains around half of the population of Hong Kong. Historically, it is the region described in The Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory. According to that the territories comprise the mainland area north of the Boundary Street of Kowloon Peninsula and south of the Sham Chun River which is the border between Hong Kong and Mainland China, as well as over 200 outlying Islands including Lantau Island, Lamma Island, Cheung Chau, and Peng Chau in the territory of Hong Kong.

Butterfly Bay in New Territories

Later, after New Kowloon was defined from the area between the Boundary Street and the Kowloon Ranges spanned from Lai Chi Kok to Lei Yue Mun, and the extension of the urban areas of Kowloon, New Kowloon was gradually urbanised and absorbed into Kowloon. In modern times New Kowloon is almost always considered part of Kowloon and instead of the New Territories – except statutorily.

Hence, the New Territories now comprises only the mainland north of the Kowloon Ranges and south of the Sham Chun River, as well as the Outlying Islands. It comprises an area of 952 km (368 sq mi). Nevertheless, New Kowloon has remained statutorily part of the New Territories instead of Kowloon.

The New Territories were leased from Qing China to the United Kingdom in 1898 for 99 years in the Second Convention of Peking (The Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory). Upon the expiry of the lease, sovereignty was transferred to the People's Republic of China in 1997, together with the Qing ceded territories of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula.

In 2011, the Population of the New Territories was recorded at 3,691,093. with a population density of 3,801 per square kilometer (9,845 per square mile).

New Territories: History

New Territories: Lease of New Territories

A map of the leased New Territories and New Kowloon during the 1898 Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory

Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britain in 1842 and Kowloon south of Boundary Street and Stonecutters Island in 1860. The colony of Hong Kong attracted a large number of Chinese and Westerners to seek their fortune in the city. Its population increased rapidly and the city became overcrowded. The outbreak of bubonic plague in 1894 became a concern to the Hong Kong Government. There was a need to expand the colony to accommodate its growing population. The Qing Dynasty's defeat in the First Sino-Japanese War had shown that it was incapable of defending itself. Victoria City and Victoria Harbour were vulnerable to any hostile forces launching attacks from the hills of Kowloon.

Alarmed by the encroachment of other European powers in China, Britain also feared for the security of Hong Kong. Using the most favoured nation clause that it had negotiated with Peking, the United Kingdom demanded the extension of Kowloon to counter the influence of France in southern China in June 1898. In July, it secured Weihaiwei in Shandong in the north as a base for operations against the Germans in Qingdao (Tsingtao) and the Russians in Port Arthur. Chinese officials stayed in the walled cities of Kowloon City and Weihaiwei.

The extension of Kowloon was called the New Territories. The additional land was estimated to be 365 square miles (945 km) or 12 times the size of the existing Colonial Hong Kong at the time.

New Territories: British assumption of sovereignty

The British ceremony in Tai Po, 1899, assuming control of the New Territories

Although the Convention was signed on the 9 June 1898 and became effective on 1 July, the British did not take over the New Territories immediately. During this period, there was no Hong Kong Governor and Wilsone Black acted as administrator. James Stewart Lockhart, the Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong, was sent back from England to make a survey of New Territories before formal transfer. The survey found that the new frontier at Sham Chun River (Shenzhen river) suggested by Wilsone Black was far from ideal. It excluded the town of Shenzhen (Sham Chun), and the boundary would divide the town. There was no mountain range as a natural border. Lockhard suggested moving the frontier to the line of hills north of Shenzhen. This suggestion was not received favourably and the Chinese official suggested the frontier be moved to the hill much further south of the Sham Chun River. It was settled in March 1899 that the boundary remain at the Sham Chun River.

The new Hong Kong Governor Henry Blake arrived in November 1898. The date for the takeover of the New Territories was fixed as 17 April 1899 and Tai Po was chosen as the administrative centre. However the transfer was not smooth and peaceful. Before the handover in early April, Captain Superintendent of Police, Francis Henry May and some policemen erected a flagstaff and temporary headquarters at Tai Po and posted the Governor's proclamation of the takeover date. Fearing for their traditional land rights, in the Six-Day War of 1899, a number of clans attempted to resist the British, mobilising clan militias that had been organised and armed to protect against longshore raids by pirates. The militia men attempted a frontal attack against the temporary police station in Tai Po that was the main British base but were beaten back by superior force of arms. An attempt by the clansmen at guerilla warfare was put down by the British near Lam Tsuen with over 500 Chinese men killed, and collapsed when British artillery was brought to bear on the walled villages of the clansmen. Most prominent of the villages in the resistance Kat Hing Wai, of the Tang clan, was symbolically disarmed, by having its main gates dismounted and removed. However, in order to prevent future resistance the British made concessions to the indigenous inhabitants with regards to land use, land inheritance and marriage laws; the majority of which remained in place into the 1960s when polygyny was outlawed. Some of the concessions with regard to land use and inheritance remain in place in Hong Kong to this day and is a source of friction between indigenous inhabitants and other Hong Kong residents.

Lord Lugard was Governor from 1907 to 1912, and he proposed the return of Weihaiwei to the Chinese government, in return for the ceding of the leased New Territories in perpetuity. The proposal was not received favourably, although if it had been acted on, Hong Kong might have remained forever in British hands.

New Territories: New town development

Much of the New Territories were, and to a limited extent still are, rural areas. Attempts at modernising the area did not become fully committed until the late 1970s, when many new towns were built to accommodate the population growth from urbanised areas of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Despite rapid development of the new towns, which now accommodate a population of over 3 million, the Hong Kong Government confines built-up areas to a few areas and reserves large parts of the region as parkland.

New Territories: Sovereignty transfer to the PRC

As the expiry date of the lease neared in the 1980s, talks between the United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China led to the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration (1984), in which the whole of Hong Kong would be returned, instead of only the New Territories. This is because Hong Kong's shipping ports, reservoirs and other vital installations were all in the New Territories. Had only the New Territories been returned to China, it would also have been difficult to accommodate those New Territories residents moving to the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island.

New Territories: Districts

The New Territories comprise two geographical constituencies in the Legislative Council, with nine districts each with their own District Council:

  • New Territories East (7 seats)
    • North District
    • Sai Kung
    • Sha Tin
    • Tai Po
  • New Territories West (8 seats)
    • Islands
    • Kwai Tsing District (Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi Island)
    • Tsuen Wan
    • Tuen Mun
    • Yuen Long

New Territories: Population

According to the 2011 census, the population of the New Territories was 3,691,093, representing 52.2% of Hong Kong's total population. 88.4% of the residents of New Territories use Cantonese as their main language. 2.4% of its residents use English, 1.2% use Mandarin Chinese, and 3.3% of New Territories' residents use other Chinese dialects. 95.1% of the district's population is of Chinese descent. The largest ethnic minority groups are Indonesians (1.8%), Filipinos (1.3%), Caucasians (0.5%), and Pakistanis (0.2%).

New Territories: New Kowloon

New Kowloon covers the entirety of the Wong Tai Sin and Kwun Tong districts, as well as the mainland portion of the Sham Shui Po District (i.e. excluding the Stonecutters Island) and the northern portion of the Kowloon City District (portion to the north of the Boundary Street/Prince Edward Road West, as well as reclaimed land including the Kai Tak Airport).

New Territories: See also

  • Boundary Street
  • Country parks and conservation in Hong Kong
  • Kowloon Peninsula
  • List of areas of Hong Kong
  • New Kowloon

New Territories: References

  1. "New Territories (region, Hong Kong, China) -- Encyclopædia Britannica". britannica.com. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  2. "2011 Population Census Fact Sheet Hong Kong". Census2011.gov.hk. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  3. Cox, Wendell. "The Evolving Human Form: Hong Kong". Newgeography.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  4. Wiltshire, Trea. [First published 1987] (republished & reduced2003). Old Hong Kong - Volume One. Central, Hong Kong: Text Form Asia books Ltd. Page 75. ISBN Volume One 962-7283-59-2
  5. "The reason behind the resistance by the New Territories inhabitants against British takeover in 1899". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved 2014-02-22.

New Territories: Further reading

  • Hill, R. D., Kathy Ng, and Tse Pui Wan. "The Suburbanization of Rural Villages in the New Territories, Hong Kong." (Working Paper No. 38) (Archive) University of Hong Kong Centre of Urban Studies & Urban Planning (CUSUP, 城市研究及城市規劃中心). April 1989.
  • Lee, Ho Yin; DiStefano, Lynne Delehanty (2002). A Tale of Two Villages: The Story of Changing Village Life in the New Territories. ISBN 978-0-19-592859-4.
  • Lease of the New Territories
  • Lease of the New Territories
  • Cap 1 Sched 5A - Area of the New Territories
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