Whereas the New Territories was typically known for its rural living, starting in the 1970's, the government began building housing projects in various new town developments to cope with Hong Kong's growing urban population. Although some of the new towns are beginning to look like one another… with their similar oversize apartment buildings, you can still find touches of important history and a slower way of life in the New Territories of Hong Kong. At the end of your visits to the New Territories, you'll have become a pro at traveling by MTR Subway, the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) and various local buses.