With major attractions on its doorstep, Tin Shui Wai could attract holidaymakers Tin Shui Wai, the isolated new town notorious for its social problems, could profit from its proximity to tourist attractions by marketing itself as a place for visitors to stop over, according to a social organisation working to help its residents. The town, in the northwestern New Territories, is close to Lau Fau Shan, famous for its seafood restaurants, and to the soon-to-open Hong Kong Wetland Park. Peter Kwan Kin-shing, director of the Hong Kong Student Aid Society, said: 'There is a potential to develop Tin Shui Wai into a pleasant stopover for visitors to [these attractions] and even those heading across the border, as there are open spaces in the town for different recreational activities such as barbecuing, fishing and cycling. 'There are also a lot of old villages in nearby Yuen Long, giving Tin Shui Wai an opportunity to open a food court. 'However, all these will need a comprehensive government policy to develop the area.' Mr Kwan said there was an urgent need to create jobs in the area to ease residents' financial hardship and avoid further social and family problems. He said most residents were poorly educated, making it very difficult for them to find work that paid well. And the high cost of travelling between Tin Shui Wai and other parts of Hong Kong discouraged them from finding jobs outside the area - not that having parents commute long distances was desirable, he said. If they did so, and failed to mind their children, they risked creating more social problems, he said. 'So the best solution would be to create more economic activities in the new town to let residents both work and live there,' he said. Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, newly elected as the legislator for the welfare services constituency, agreed. 'It appears to be a very good idea,' Mr Cheung said. The Hong Kong Student Aid Society has been helping Tin Shui Wai residents since 2002, and has built a primary school there. Results of a survey of 1,185 families carried out by the aid society and City University, released last month, showed 80 per cent had incomes below $15,000 a month. The median family income in Hong Kong is $18,705 a month. A fifth of families lived on less than $6,000 a month and 18.6 per cent were on welfare. The survey found more than 40 per cent of parents had physically punished their children in the month before they were polled - a finding which set off alarm bells since parents who mete out physical punishment may go on to abuse their children. Simon Cheung Wai-chung, the aid society's assistant director, said living in poverty put parents under pressure, and they might resort to physical punishment of their children. Mr Cheung said: 'It is worrying that Tin Shui Wai could become a second Tuen Mun - an 'old' new town with the most spousal abuse cases and the second-highest number of child abuse reports last year.' The social problems in Tin Shui Wai, including family violence, have aroused widespread concern, especially since the murders of Kim Shuk-ying, 31, and her two daughters - Li Yin-li, six, and Li Tsz-wan, five. Kim's husband, Li Pak-sum, 44, the children's father, who is thought to have killed them, died in hospital.