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About Discovery Bay
With the opening of the Lantau Link, a road and rail connection between the airport and central Hong Kong in 1997, Lantau Island is now firmly connected to the mainland of the Kowloon peninsula. The new airport at Chek Lap Kok has led to the establishment and rapid expansion of a new town, Tung Chung, and the improved transport links have brought further development in the shape of Disneyland, a cable car to Ngong Ping monastery, and an entire new road to southern Lantau. Sizable sections of Lantau Island are declared country parks, though the island seems poised for more development.
There are four sizable communities on Lantau:
- Discovery Bay – a resort-style residential district approximately 30 minutes by boat from Central District, 20 minutes by bus from Tung Chung and 10 minutes by bus from the nearest MTR metro station (Sunny Bay). It is home to approximately 15,000 people, including a large portion of expatriates.
- Tung Chung – brand new apartments close to the airport
- Mui Wo – large, quiet village popular with expatriates who are not taken with the sterility of Discovery Bay
- Tai O – traditional fishing village, with most houses on stilts in the river. Very scenic and crowded with tourists on weekends.
- Cheung Sha beach which is about a 20 minute bus ride away has windsurfing and canoe rentals.
- Hikers may wish to try the 70-km Lantau Trail, which does loops around the island. The full route would take several days but is divided into a dozen stages, some of which take less than an hour. There are many other hikes on Lantau, some of which are listed below.
- Mui wo-Discovery bay trail, 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. Crosses several hills and valleys, the tops of which can give views of the Hong Kong skyline on clear days.
- Sunset Peak, 869 metres, 1-1/2 to 2 hrs, approx. 7km. This hike starts at the Nam San base station (approx. 300m altitude), an outdoor area with picnic tables, a vending machine and flushing toilets. Follow the sign for the Nam San tree walk, a relatively flat trail through a forest with signs describing the trees seen along the route. About 5 minutes into this walk, you will come to a junction. Here you can either take the tree walk back to Nam San, or follow the trail marked "Sunset Peak". The trail first follows some switchbacks through the forest, then ascends above the treeline and runs along a ridge. On clear days, the summit offers spectacular views of the whole of Lantau Island and the southwestern new territories. There are cabins at the summit, which can be rented by following the URLs painted on the side.
- Lantau Peak, 934m. Lantau peak is the second highest point in Hong Kong and the highest point on Lantau Island. Most hikers hike to the summit from Ngong Ping (approx. 500m) though more experienced hikers can hike the full elevation, starting at Tung Chung road. You can also stay overnight at the Ngong Ping hostel, and wake up very early to reach the summit in time for the spectacular sunrise.
- Swim at Silvermine Beach in Mui Wo or at any of the other beaches around the island.
- Have a BBQ on the beach
Special events and festivals:
- Dragonboat races (around May/June)
- Halloween Festival (October)
- Multi-Cultural Festival (usually in November)
- Golf (at the Discovery Bay Golf Club, a 27-hole golf course open primarily to members, but also guests during weekdays)
- Boating (at the Discovery Bay Marina Club)
- Hiking (a number of hiking trails lead to other parts of Lantau Island)
- The Stoep, ☎ 2980 2699. 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village. Beachside restaurant with a good western menu and also specializes in serving South African dishes. Although the food is not the main attraction, the location of this restaurant makes it one of the best places to eat and drink in Hong Kong. Booking a table is advisable at weekends and Public Holidays.
- The Po Lin Monastery's vegetarian restaurant is well worth a visit for a taste of Chinese vegetarian food, an art form devoted to turning soybean products into very passable imitations of meat and fish. Meals served from 11AM-4:30PM. A regular meal is $60, a deluxe meal is $100, enquire at the Big Buddha ticket booth.
- High Tide Restaurant, ☎ +852 2980 3002. 35 Lower Cheung Sha Village, open from 11.30am til late every day except Tuesday. Authentic Thai restaurant. Located right on the beach front, you might think you're in Thailand. An ideal place to get refreshments after a lazy day on one of Hong Kong's best beaches.
- 360 Forest Grill & Restaurant Bar - Overlooking the cable car, 360 Forest Grill & Restaurant Bar offers alfresco dining in a peaceful, garden setting; only moments away from the hustle of Tung Chung. 360 Forest’s cuisine features a wide range of a-la-cart grilled meats and fresh sea foods, three course buffet sets, and standard Asian and European dishes. Happy hour starts daily at 3.00. To make a booking, phone: 2109 4360. Email: email@example.com
- China Beach Club, 18 Tung Wan Pau Road. Silvermine Bay (Mui Wo). Head for the beach in the bay and then carry on walking. Serves great food and drinks to the colonial crowd and locals alike. This is a doggie paradise in Hong Kong.
- The China Bear, 3 Ngan Wan Road. Mui Wo. Walk off the ferry and turn left and you will see a cafe/bar next to the sea. If you are looking for a "full English" breakfast, or some western beer, then you have found the right place.
- Bombay Cafe, Mui Wo. Great Curries at a reasonable price.
- Food Republic. A large food court on the third floor of the CityGate shopping mall. This is incredibly busy at lunch and dinner times on weekends with a lot of mainlanders hungry after a hard day of shopping.
Novotel Citygate (Citygate Outlets Hotel)
- Olea, 51 Man Tung Rd, Tung Chung, ☎ +852-3602-8818. 12:00AM-2:30PM, 8-10PM daily. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows of 7 meters looking out to a man-made water and bamboo feature. Olea is a casual fine dining restaurant in the hotel and features an open Mediterranean kitchen, with a pizza oven and an array of various classic tapas and mezze dishes. Start from $170 + 10% service charge.
- Essence, 51 Man Tung Rd, Tung Chung, ☎ +852-3602-8808. 6:30AM-11PM daily. Located on the lobby level, Essence was designed by a world famous interior designer Yasumichi Morita.It is the main dining venue in the hotel and features international cuisine through buffet and a la carte offerings. Start from $130 + 10% service charge.
- Deli France. Near the MTR
- Pizza Hut. Near the MTR
- Café de Paris, ☎ 2987 8203.
- Café Duvet, ☎ 2987 0996.
- Caramba, ☎ 2987 2848.
- Chilli Fagara, ☎ 2987 6222.
- Ebeneezer’s, ☎ 2987 0036.
- First Korean Restaurant, ☎ 2987 9123.
- The Flying Pan DB, ☎ 2987 7749.
- Fresh Fruit Juice Paradise, ☎ 2987 4768.
- Hemingway’s by the Bay, ☎ 2987 8855.
- ippu, ☎ 2987 2886.
- Island Café, ☎ 2987 9311.
- Koh Tomyums, ☎ 2987 0767.
- La Création, ☎ 2987 1829.
- Manta Ray, ☎ 2987 2298.
- McSorley’s Ale House, ☎ 2987 8280.
- Sopranos, ☎ 2987 2915.
- Uncle Russ, ☎ 2987 0068.
- Zaks, ☎ 2987 6232.
- China Bear, G/F, Mui Wo Ctr, Mui Wo. $41-$100.
- Mcsorley's Ale House, Shop G11A, G/F, D Deck, Discovery Bay.
- Starz, CityGate, Tung Chung. There are few bar options in Tung Chung, and this is probably the best you are going to find.
Tung Chung: There is a large mall called CityGate Outlets, next to the MTR Station, that has many 'factory shops' of many famous clothes and fashion brands, such as Adidas, Esprit, Giordano, Levi's, Nike, Quiksilver and Timberland. This mall is very popular with mainland Chinese tourists. The prices are cheaper, although the items for sale may not be the latest. The cheapest prices are during the end-of-season sales. Note that in most shops in City Gate there is no refund policy. Next to CityGate is a more downmarket mall called 'Fu Tong', which has a limited number of local shops, many local restaurants and a Hong Kong style wet market.
Tai O: There are lots of tourist shops selling local food and delicacies.
Mui Wo: There are some novelty and food shops, although generally not a great deal here.
Discovery Bay: At the heart of the community lies the commercial centre, DB Plaza, where residents and visitors gather for socializing or functions. As a residential district, most shops serve residents' needs - including supermarkets, banks and chemists; but there also exist a sizable number of independent and novelty shops. For the tourist there is very little here.
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