Governor Edward Youde’s car cuts a ribbon to open the Sha Tin to Fanling section of the New Territories Trunk Road on September 24, 1985.

How New Territories network of highways changed the face of Hong Kong, and paved the way for new towns’ success

  • A ring of modern, often multi-lane roads formed the essential infrastructure for the territory’s new towns
  • When the Fanling to Sha Tin highway opened in September 1985, it halved the travel time between the two places
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Governor Edward Youde’s car cuts a ribbon to open the Sha Tin to Fanling section of the New Territories Trunk Road on September 24, 1985.
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she covers travel and tourism in Asia in her weekly column, Destinations Known.