Tsuen Wan was the first among an early batch of new satellite towns to be developed in the 1960s when Kwai Chung was still under its administrative umbrella. Back then, the pristine coast line was inhabited by local fisherman and Hakka farmers. When the district later underwent a makeover, massive reclamation took place and the coastline stretched westwards to make way for high-rise industrial and residential blocks. Kwai Tsing district councillor Chow Yik-hay, who relocated to Kwai Chung from Kowloon City three decades ago, has witnessed the growth of the satellite town. 'The changes were immense,' Mr Chow said. 'In the old days, Castle Peak Road meandered along the coast. Take a look at the road now and you can imagine how far the shoreline has shifted. Compared with Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung does not have much heritage, nor preserved cultural relics. 'The Tin Hau Temple straddling Kwai Chung Road is worth a visit,' Mr Chow said. With more than 200 years of history, it has been relocated three times before finding its home. Tin Hau deities used to be erected on the coast to bless and protect fishermen. The hustle and bustle of downtown Tsuen Wan provides a contrast to the tranquil temples at the foot of Tai Mo Shan. District council member Chan Wai-ming has traced 30 to 40 monasteries and temples nestled near Fu Yun Shan and Lo Wai. Mr Chan, who was born in Sham Tseng along Castle Peak Road, said the cluster of religious establishments had created a rich religious ambience that was crying out for more cultural and heritage tourism. 'Yuen Yuen Institute is by far the largest within the district. Constructed in 1950, this complex spread the messages of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, which promotes harmony and draw loads of followers during traditional festivals,' he said. 'It has organised different activities to nurture the public such as the annual Yuen Yuen Institute Chrysanthemum Show in mid-December. 'A stone exhibit that encompasses more than 200 categories of rocks open all year could be educational.' The Western Monastery at Lo Wai is the jewel in the crown because of its lavish architecture. The Buddhist structure was built in 1972 with zinc and old wood due to a shortage of funds. Worshippers and supporters donated money to fund expansion and refurbishment at the turn of the century, and the monastery donned a new look from 2002. Other remarkable monasteries include the tranquil Chuk Lam Shin Yuen at Fu Yu Shan - and the Tung Po To Monastery is the oldest of the neighbouring temples. It's free to visit and they are open daily during office hours. It makes a pleasant stroll around one of Hong Kong's most historic areas. Vegetarian meals are available, but it's best to call beforehand and check on availability. Most offer lunch, except for Tung Po To which serves veggie meals only during major religious festivals. Some temples may request advance booking with a deposit while others accept walk-ins. The average price per person ranges from HK$50 to HK$80 for a set menu offering seven to eight courses. Ingredients are mostly vegetables and soy bean cooked in creative combinations. In order to stimulate the taste buds, chefs present dishes to resemble meat dishes. For example, smashed taro is served in the shape of fish, and sweet and sour gluten can be compared with sweet and sour pork. Visitors are advised to observe certain religious beliefs when visiting such venues. Alcoholic drinks are prohibited and a sense of tranquility should be respected. Bear in mind these temples are usually packed at festival time. Transport links to these monasteries are in need of upgrading, according to Mr Chan. 'In traditional festivals and celebrations, people flocked to the temples to pay tribute and respect to deities and ancestors,' he said. 'It's typical to see coaches blocking the narrow uphill roads such as Lo Wai Road. The government should widen and develop circular roads to reduce congestion.' Appreciating the heritage aspects on a visit to Tsuen Wan would not be complete unless you popped in to see the 200-year-old Sam Tung Uk Museum, which has preserved a traditional square-walled Hakka village formed in 1786 by the Chan clan. The whole village was later relocated to nearby Cheung Shan due to urban development. Some of the residences were restored after being declared a historical monument in 1981. Opened to the public since 1987, this monument documents the traditional layout of village houses in rows, in addition to providing a glimpse of Hakka living culture such as displays of farming tools. A separate exhibit showcases how Tsuen Wan has progressed from a textile base to a satellite town in the past 70 years.