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Laid-back lifestyle: the best neighbourhoods away from the city

Sai Kung

Referred to as the city’s back garden, Sai Kung’s mountainous backdrop  will have you wondering if you’re still in Hong Kong. The seafront town offers a range of local businesses and a unique community, attracting many families and young couples wanting a laid-back lifestyle. With Hong Kong Academy on its doorstep, children can avoid the town’s notorious rush hour traffic.

Read more: Your neighbourhood guide to Sai Kung

Lamma Island 

Just a 30 minute ferry ride to Central, Lamma Island offers a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Consisting of two main areas, the popular Yung Shue Wan and the quieter Sok Kwu Wan, the island has something for everyone with shops, restaurants, kindergartens and a strong community.

Mui Wo 

Bigger than Hong Kong Island, Lantau has a fraction of the population. Located on the Eastern coast of Lantau, Mui Wo is home to a large community of locals and expats offering a more laid-back lifestyle. Accessible by road or ferry this location has the convenience of city life while offering more space and cheaper accommodation.

Discovery Bay

DB or as some might refer to it, dogs and babies. This neighbourhood is perfect for families looking to settle down. With a clubhouse, beach and D-Deck seaside plaza, there’s no need to leave the island but if you want to, hop on a 30-minute ferry to Central.

Tai Mei Tuk

Tucked away at the Eastern tip of New Territories, Tai Mei Tuk is a popular outdoor area where visitors flock to ride bikes and barbecues. With five international schools in the area including American School Hong Kong and Malvern College, children won’t have to travel far to receive a top education.


This scenic neighbourhood offers a picturesque promenade and British era architecture attracting a healthy number of local and overseas visitors. Residents can enjoy laid-back weekends away at the beach or run errands at Stanley Plaza.

Read more: Your neighbourhood guide to Stanley

Park Island 

A private housing estate located between Lantau Island and Tsing Yi, Park Island offers a resort-like vibe with swimming pools, a bowling alley and even a beach. While cars are not permitted on the island, residents can catch regular ferries to Central or alternatively take a bus to Tsing Yi MTR station.

Clearwater Bay

For a higher-end experience whilst retaining the seaside tranquility of Sai Kung, look no further than Clearwater Bay. With sweeping views over the port shelter and plenty of lush greenery, this neighbourhood is perfect for those looking for a spacious home. With Hang Hau MTR station just down the road, residents can easily access Hong Kong Island.

Read more: Your neighbourhood guide to Clearwater Bay

Repulse Bay

Famously referred to by Forbes magazine as the most expensive real estate per square foot in the world, those with a large budget can enjoy panoramic views of the Southside China Sea from their window and easily walk to supermarkets, spas and beachside restaurants.

Read more: Your neighbourhood guide to Repulse Bay

Lead image courtesy of Graham Uden


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