Tsing Yi is an island in the urban area of Hong Kong, to the northwest of Hong Kong Island and south of Tsuen Wan. With an area of 10.69 km², the island has extended drastically by reclamation along almost all its natural shore and the annexation of Nga Ying Chau and Chau Tsai. Three major bays or harbours, Tsing Yi Lagoon, Mun Tsai Tong and Tsing Yi Bay in the northeast, have been completely reclaimed for new towns.
The island was also known as Chun Fa Lok once upon a time, which means the fall of spring flowers, or Chun Fa Island, on some Western maps. Now, Chun Fa Lok is still a place name or a former village on the southeast corner of the island. A government document in Ming Dynasty named the water near Chun Fa Lok Chun Fa Yeung. The Ming navy defeated fleets of pirates there. In some historical sources, Tsing-I Island is used instead of Tsing Yi Island, and Chung-Hue Island instead of Chun Fa Island.
Tsing Yi Island is a hilly island with Tsing Yi Peak in the south and Liu To Shan in the north east. Small plain can be found surrounding the former Tsing Yi Lagoon in island northeast. The rocks on the island are mainly granite and were exposed due to extensive housing, industrial and infrastructure construction. Although the island is not fallen in the administration of country park, most of the hilly area remains green. The Tsing Yi Peak climbs to 334 metres and is a barrier separating industrial west and residential east.
Places of Intrest:
- Tin Hau Temple; the temple was originally located near Tsing Yi Tong. Upon reclamation of Tsing Yi, it was moved to Ha Ko Tan, near today's Chung Mei Lo Uk Village.
- Chun Kwan Temple; the temple was relocated near Tsing Yi Police Station.
- Tsing Tak Tong Tat-more Temple; the Bodhidharma temple in Tsing Yi Lutheran Village.
People practise T'ai Chi in Tsing Yi Promenade near Maritime Square
in Tsing Yi Town
in the early morning hours. Some gather and practise dancing in the playground near Tsing Yung House of Cheung Ching Estate.