We went to Discovery Bay today. It reminds me of an ocean-front suburb, like Manly or the Northern Beaches in Sydney, and a bit like Sentosa too, in SG. It’s very idyllic, and especially so today because the weather was really nice. It didn’t have the whole hustle and bustle feel of what you would expect when you think of typical HK.
The high-rise apartment blocks aren’t here, and there is a ton of space with very few people. Again, not your typical HK!
Apparently Discovery Bay is known as DB, and some people say that stands for “Dogs and Babies” – ie it’s a very family-friendly area. It’s so true, I saw a ton of dogs and kids everywhere 😆
We also saw a ton of golf carts 🤨 Apparently DB residents get around on these things! I’m not sure if they’re supplied by the apartment buildings for the residents to use, or if they’re privately owned by the residents themselves, but either way, I thought that was a pretty cool way to get around the area! 😊
So if I feel like going somewhere to get away from the craziness that is HK, I think I’ll consider going back there. It’s pretty easy to get to: we just caught a ferry from pier 3 at Central Ferry Pier, and the ferry takes you all the way to Discovery Bay in about 30 minutes.
It’s quite expensive (HK$45+ on way, I believe, which is something like A$8+ or US$6+), especially when you’re used to paying around HK$6 when using public transport. But for the odd visit, it’s not too bad. Plus they’ve got some offer where if you spend HK$120 or more on dining at specific restaurants in DB, your return ferry trip is free. You just have to show your receipt to the service counter near the ferry pier and give them your octopus card, and you’re good to go 👍
Maybe next time we go, we can do one of the hiking trails there 🥾 It’s starting to get cooler now, so it’s the perfect time to start going hiking around the city! 😊