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Discovery Bay
Traditional Chinese: 愉景灣

Discovery Bay (DB) is a residential development in Hong Kong situated on the north-eastern coast of Lantau Island in the New Territories. The development spans an area of 650 hectares, and includes two bays, the Tai Pak Bay (大白灣) and Yi Pak Bay (二白灣). Discovery Bay may refer to the following places: Discovery Bay - a residential development in Hong Kong, on Lantau Island Discovery Bay, Jamaica - a town in Jamaica Discovery Bay, California - a community in the United States of America Discovery Bay, Washington - a community and bay in the United States of America... Traditional Chinese characters refers to one of two standard sets of printed Chinese characters. ... Map of eastern China and Taiwan, showing the historic distribution of Mandarin Chinese in light brown. ... Pinyin, more formally called Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ), is the most common variant of Standard Mandarin romanization system in use. ... This article is about all of the Cantonese (Yue) dialects. ... Jyutping (sometimes spelled Jyutpin) is a romanization system for Standard Cantonese developed by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK) in 1993. ... The Yale romanizations are four systems created during World War II for use by United States military personnel. ... Map of Lantau Island, Hong Kong Lantau Island, also Lantao, based on the old local name of Lantau Peak (Traditional Chinese: ; lit. ... A major road, Kwong Fuk Road in Tai Po, a town in the New Territories. ... In geography, a bay or gulf is a collection of water that is surrounded by land on three sides. ...


DB has a current population of around 16,000 residents[1] with a sizeable community of expatriates from over thirty countries. DB is located 2km west of Hong Kong Disneyland and approximately 12km west from the nearest point on Hong Kong Island, with the co-ordinates of 22°17′44″N, 114°00′59″E. For the band, see Expatriate (band). ... The fountain featuring Mickey Mouse in the Park Promenade next to Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong Disneyland (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Cantonese Yale: heung1 gong2 dik6 si6 nei4 lok6 yun4) is the first theme park inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and is owned and managed by the Hong... The night view of the Island side as seen from the Kowloon side - the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Hong Kong Island (Traditional Chinese: 香港島; Simplified Chinese: 香港岛; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dou2; Mandarin Pinyin: XiānggÇŽngdÇŽo) is the island where the colonial settlement of the Hong Kong territory...


As of today, DB is a privately owned development consisting of 13 development phases with properties ranging from garden houses to high rise towers of up to 29 storeys. The development also features a 400m man-made beach (Tai Pak Bay), 4 private membership clubs including a golf club and a marina club. While it is considered to be a low-density development by Hong Kong standards due to the amount of open spaces (plot to development ratio), DB is however the second most populous district (after the New Town of Tung Chung) on the sparsely populated Lantau Island. Unlike many other developments in Hong Kong, pets are allowed in DB, whereas other developments generally ban them due to limited space. Overlook of Tung Chung from Ngong Ping Skyrail Location of Tung Chung in relation to the rest of Lantau Island Tung Chung is a growing township situated on the north-western coast of Lantau Island in Hong Kong, China. ...

Tai Pak Bay; Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
Tai Pak Bay; Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
Yi Pak Bay; Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
Yi Pak Bay; Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
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History

DB was originally conceived in 1976 as a comprehensive leisure resort by Mr Eddy Wong, the previous owner of Hong Kong Resort Company Limited (HKR) in agreement with the Hong Kong government. Mr Wong planned to develop DB into a tourist attraction with hotels, condominiums and 3 golf courses. However, Mr Wong got to great financial difficulties and DB nearly ended in the hands of a Russian Bank, Mr Wong’s creditor. Both the Chinese and British governments were concerned that the property rights of the single largest piece of privately controlled land in Hong Kong might fall into the hands of the Russian bank at a time of political uncertainty. Hong Kong Resort Company is an established property developement and owner in Hong Kong. ...


The Cha family, up to then better known as an international textile group, came to HKR’s rescue. By 1979, all debts were paid off and, with the Government’s approval, work started on the reservoir and the core infrastructure for a very different sort of project – essentially a residential community offering a relaxed lifestyle.


Construction of DB began in the early 1980s. Unlike other large Hong Kong developments, everything in DB had to be privately built; there was no road, electricity nor water supply. The project involved heavy capital investment and a great deal of risk, not to mention the numerous challenges on the technical engineering side. Even the Government-operated fire and police stations and the Government-aided local primary school were built by the developer. The Government acts as the approving and checking authority, with development proceeding under an official Master Plan.


The idea of a self-contained community with resort characteristics was unique and proved popular in Hong Kong; when the first phase of DB went on sale in 1980, houses and flats sold out quickly. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


Despite early doubts and difficulties, the bold concept and meticulous execution proved a success. DB is now home to about 16,000 residents in a resort like community with education, commercial and recreational facilities including a golf course and a marina.


Current development

Location of Discovery Bay in relation to the rest of Lantau Island 22°17′44″N, 114°00′59″E
Location of Discovery Bay in relation to the rest of Lantau Island
22°17′44″N, 114°00′59″E

DB was developed in phases and the developer, HKR, envisage that DB will eventually be home to 25,000 residents. The following data applies as of April 2008: Download high resolution version (1200x865, 163 KB)Lantau Island, Hong Kong (Created by Si Chun LAM) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (1200x865, 163 KB)Lantau Island, Hong Kong (Created by Si Chun LAM) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Map of Lantau Island, Hong Kong Lantau Island, also Lantao, based on the old local name of Lantau Peak (Traditional Chinese: ; lit. ...

Phases of development
  • Phase 1: Beach Village, Headland Village, Parkridge Village
  • Phase 2: Midvale Village
  • Phase 3: Headland Village, Parkvale Village, Hillgrove Village, Parkridge Village
  • Phase 4: Peninsula Village
  • Phase 5: Greenvale Village
  • Phase 6: DB Plaza
  • Phase 7: La Vista, Bijou Hamlet
  • Phase 8: La Costa
  • Phase 9: La Serene
  • Phase 10: Neo Horizon
  • Phase 11: Siena One
  • Phase 12: Siena Two
  • Phase 13: Chianti
Current and planned projects
  • A community centre at Yi Pak Bay (2008)
  • Yi Pak Transport Interchange and associated works (2008)
  • Discovery College, a private independent 'through-train' school operated by the English Schools Foundation (2008)
  • A shopping mall and conference & resort hotel with spa facilities (2009)
  • Phase 14 of Discovery Bay (2010)
Siena, Discovery Bay
Siena, Discovery Bay

The English Schools Foundation (Chinese: 英基學校協會, abbreviated: ESF or 英基) is a non-profit organisation that runs 20 educational institutions, most of them international schools, across Hong Kong. ... Siena, Discovery Bay (August 2003) | Photo by Si Chun LAM (licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Siena, Discovery Bay (August 2003) | Photo by Si Chun LAM (licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...

Community, recreation and entertainment

Community life in DB is centred on DB Plaza, a commercial hub containing a bus terminus, ferry pier, an open piazza, and a range of shops including a supermarket, specialty stores, medical clinics, and a vet to serve the large pet population.


DB Plaza is also home to over 20 restaurants and food outlets offering alfresco dining and drinking. Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood. ...


The DB development includes various amenities, including a man-made beach at Tai Pak Bay, and 4 private membership recreational clubs including a 27-hole golf course and a marina (where some residents choose to live on yachts moored in the marina), natural streams and rock pools, a bicycle track alongside Discovery Bay Road, an astro-turf football pitch, basketball courts, a number of children's playgrounds scattered around the developments and hiking paths leading to other parts of Lantau Island - including the Trappist Haven Monastery and Mui Wo. A small marina at Brixham, Devon, England. ... The Trappist Haven Monastery is a monastery at Tai Shui Hang, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. ... Mui Wo (梅窩, lit. ...


Discovery Bay is a 15 minute bus ride from Tung Chung, where a number of additional options, from a multiplex cinema to three shopping malls, are available.

Club Siena, Discovery Bay
Club Siena, Discovery Bay
Clubs in DB

(All are private clubs with separate membership fees) Club Siena, Discovery Bay (Taken by Si Chun LAM on April 2004) Also available on DeviantArt as Grand Entrance http://www. ... Club Siena, Discovery Bay (Taken by Si Chun LAM on April 2004) Also available on DeviantArt as Grand Entrance http://www. ...

  • Discovery Bay Residents Club (DBRC)
  • Discovery Bay Marina Club (DBMC)
  • Discovery Bay Golf Club (DBGC)
  • Club Siena

Housing units in DB are sold with a DBRC debenture, although residents can choose whether to be active members and pay a monthly aubscription. DBRC members are automatically members of Club Siena. Debentures of DBMC and DBGC are traded in the secondary market.


DBMC provides berthing and land-based facilities for boat owners, many of whom live on their vessels. The Marina opens into Nim Shue Wan, a bay immediately to the West of DB, where there is also a public landing stage used by cargo boats and by privately operated ferries known as Kai-tos that provide shuttle services between DB, the nearby Peng Chau Island and the Trappist Haven Monastery pier about 2km away along the Lantau coast to the West. A Kai-to service has also replaced the high-speed ferry to Mui Wo (Silvermine Bay) that was formerly operated by Discovery Bay Transportation Services Limited (DBTPL). Peng Chau (坪洲 in pinyin: Píngzhōu; in Jyutping: ping4 zau1; literal meaning: Flat Islet) is a small island located off the north-eastern coast of Lantau Island. ... The Trappist Haven Monastery is a monastery at Tai Shui Hang, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. ... Mui Wo (梅窩, lit. ...


A number of resident-run activities and groups are also based in DB, offering more choices to the community. These include the Lantau Boat Club, Discovery Bay Pirates Rugby Club and numerous religious worship services including churches of all different denominations.


Landscape and Wildlife

As with most of the terrain in Hong Kong, Lantau Island seems to be a set of hills that rise out of the water. DB is wedged between the hills and the sea and both environments are accessible from the edges of the developed areas. The hills directly behind DB reach up to 465m (1,525ft), and the hiking trails that traverse all the peaks on Lantau Island are accessible from those hills. The hills of Lantau tend to fall dramatically into jungle-covered valleys that spread up into verdant, grass-covered hills. DB has a series of rock-pools which lead to one such valley and into a man-made addition to the water-drainage system. The DB reservoir collects and distributes water to the community, but, owing to the topography of the area, rainwater build-up is dangerously high, and so connected pathways of cement were built to deal with the torrential rain of the monsoon season. These huge aqueducts empty out into the sea, flowing over natural rock formations, creating pools and waterfalls of fresh rainwater. [Note: DB has switched to Government potable water supply since December 2000]


Discovery Bay is home to animals of many kinds, most of which are domesticated pets. There are, however, a number of wild species that lived or are living on Lantau Island that can be found in and around DB. Most of these creatures are birds such as finches, tits, gulls and kites, however pelicans, loons and herons have been sighted. Birds were adaptable to the growing human population, though, and have remained unperturbed by the expansion of DB. Until the construction of the new Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok, wild cattle and water buffalo thrived in the pasture-like hills. Increasingly vigorous development all over Hong Kong has reduced the habitat of the local dolphin and whale populations. The most famous of these is the Chinese White Dolphin, often called the Pink Dolphin due to a slight pinkish cast to their skin. (See Ecology of Hong Kong) Trinomial name Sousa chinensis chinensis (Osbeck, 1765) Chinese White Dolphin range (blue area) The Chinese White Dolphin (Sousa chinensis chinensis; Traditional Chinese: ; Hanyu Pinyin: ), also called Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin, is a species of the Humpback dolphin and is one of eighty cetacean species. ... Other Hong Kong topics Culture - Economy Education - History - Politics Hong Kong Portal The ecology of Hong Kong is mostly affected by the results of climatic changes. ...


Transportation network

Discovery Bay - aerial view
Discovery Bay - aerial view

DB is accessible from the rest of Hong Kong via a road tunnel to the North Lantau Expressway and by a 24-hour ferry service. Discovery Bay from the air, photo taken from an aeroplane by Si Chun LAM on 20041006 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Discovery Bay from the air, photo taken from an aeroplane by Si Chun LAM on 20041006 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Discovery Bay Tunnel (愉景灣隧道) is a tunnel built and managed by HKR International Limited for the real estate project Discovery Bay of the company on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. ...


All services (except Kai-to services) accept Hong Kong's Octopus card as well as cash. Half-price discounts are offered for children, senior citizens and students under the age of 18 on the external bus and ferry routes. A kai-to carrying passengers to the outlying islands off the Sai Kung Peninsula in Hong Kong Passengers boarding a larger kai-to to Peng Chau at the Discovery Bay Kai-to pier in Nim Shue Wan. ... Obverse side of a standard adult card. ...


External transport

Scheduled external public transport services include:

Ferry services
  • A 24-hour ferry service plies between DB Pier on Tai Pak Bay and Pier 3 in Central District on Hong Kong Island (journey time of approximately 25-30 minutes; frequency of around 15-30 minutes during day time, but 60-90 minutes from roughly midnight until dawn. Current ticket price is HKD$27 for a single journey ticket. In addition, ferries accept single trip tokens and stored trip transport cards. Since end-2005, ferries have been equipped with free on-board Wi-Fi wireless broadband Internet, which is unique not only in Hong Kong but across Asia.[2]

Ferries were the only way to reach Discovery Bay until the opening of the DB Tunnel in 2000. Ferries remain the main way to reach DB and are operated by DBTPL, a wholly owned subsidiary of HKR. The route between DB and Central are served by monohull and catamaran waterjets manufactured by Marinteknik in Singapore; seating 300 and 500 passengers respectively. There is more than one place called Central District: Central District, Botswana Central, Hong Kong This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The night view of the Island side as seen from the Kowloon side - the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Hong Kong Island (Traditional Chinese: 香港島; Simplified Chinese: 香港岛; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dou2; Mandarin Pinyin: Xiānggǎngdǎo) is the island where the colonial settlement of the Hong Kong territory... Wi-Fi (IPA: ) is the common name for a popular wireless technology used in home networks, mobile phones, video games and more. ... A kai-to carrying passengers to the outlying islands off the Sai Kung Peninsula in Hong Kong Passengers boarding a larger kai-to to Peng Chau at the Discovery Bay Kai-to pier in Nim Shue Wan. ... Peng Chau (坪洲 in pinyin: Píngzhōu; in Jyutping: ping4 zau1; literal meaning: Flat Islet) is a small island located off the north-eastern coast of Lantau Island. ... The Trappist Haven Monastery is a monastery at Tai Shui Hang, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. ... Mui Wo (梅窩, lit. ... Map of Lantau Island, Hong Kong Lantau Island, also Lantao, based on the old local name of Lantau Peak (Traditional Chinese: ; lit. ... A monohull is a type of boat having only one hull, unlike multihulled boats which can have two or more individual hulls connected to one another. ... It has been suggested that Catamaran History be merged into this article or section. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...

Road transport

In 2000, a 2.4km road tunnel linking DB to the North Lantau Expressway opened, enabling access to DB by road - and shortening the journey to other parts of Lantau, Kowloon and the New Territories. From the tunnel's inauguration, shuttle bus services ran to Tung Chung and the Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok, and shortly after the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland and the Sunny Bay station in September 2005, an additional route between Sunny Bay and DB was launched, further shortening the time to reach Kowloon and New Territories. Lantau Island (based on its old name 爛頭島 lan tau do, lit. ... In modern day Hong Kong, Kowloon refers to the urban area made up of Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon, bordered by the Lei Yue Mun strait in the east, Mei Foo Sun Chuen and Stonecutters Island in the west, Tates Cairn and Lion Rock in the north, and... A major road, Kwong Fuk Road in Tai Po, a town in the New Territories. ... Autobus redirects here. ... Overlook of Tung Chung from Ngong Ping Skyrail Location of Tung Chung in relation to the rest of Lantau Island Tung Chung is a growing township situated on the north-western coast of Lantau Island in Hong Kong, China. ... Chek Lap Kok Airport Traditional Chinese: Simplified Chinese: Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG, ICAO: VHHH) is the main airport in Hong Kong. ... Chek Lap Kok (Chinese: 赤鱲角; Jyutping: cek3 laap6 gok3; Cantonese IPA: ; Pinyin: Chìliè Jiǎo; Red Perch Cape) is an island in the western waters of Hong Kong. ... The fountain featuring Mickey Mouse in the Park Promenade next to Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong Disneyland (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Cantonese Yale: heung1 gong2 dik6 si6 nei4 lok6 yun4) is the first theme park inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and is owned and managed by the Hong... In modern day Hong Kong, Kowloon refers to the urban area made up of Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon, bordered by the Lei Yue Mun strait in the east, Mei Foo Sun Chuen and Stonecutters Island in the west, Tates Cairn and Lion Rock in the north, and... A major road, Kwong Fuk Road in Tai Po, a town in the New Territories. ...


The three external bus routes are operated by Discovery Bay Transit Services Limited (DBTSL), another wholly owned subsidiary of HKR: Autobus redirects here. ...

  • DB01R: From DB Plaza to Tung Chung MTR station (journey time approx. 15-20 minutes; frequency of every 20 minutes during day time).
  • DB02R: From DB Plaza to Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok (via Cathay City; journey time approx. 20-30 minutes; 24-hour service)
  • DB03R: From DB Plaza to Sunny Bay MTR station (journey time approx. 15-20 minutes; frequency of every 20 minutes during day time, every 8 minutes at peak hours).

Overlook of Tung Chung from Ngong Ping Skyrail Location of Tung Chung in relation to the rest of Lantau Island Tung Chung is a growing township situated on the north-western coast of Lantau Island in Hong Kong, China. ... This article is about the metro system in Hong Kong. ... Chek Lap Kok Airport Traditional Chinese: Simplified Chinese: Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG, ICAO: VHHH) is the main airport in Hong Kong. ... Chek Lap Kok (Chinese: 赤鱲角; Jyutping: cek3 laap6 gok3; Cantonese IPA: ; Pinyin: Chìliè Jiǎo; Red Perch Cape) is an island in the western waters of Hong Kong. ... Sunny Bay formerly known as Yam O (陰澳) is at the northern part of the Lantau Island, in the New Territories of Hong Kong. ... This article is about the metro system in Hong Kong. ...

Internal transport

Commuting within DB is done via a 24-hour internal shuttle bus service operated by DBTSL, which runs between various parts of Discovery Bay and the Bus Terminus by DB Plaza/the ferry pier. Travelling between the various villages by bus requires a change at the Bus Terminus. The same applies for residents not living on a direct connection to the schools, churches and most of the clubs. Yet, residents can use the hire car service which is provided on a point-to-point basis. Residents can also drive their own golf carts or bicycles to travel around DB as an alternative. Generally, DB is considered quite pedestrian friendly due to the dearth of motorized vehicles.


Private transport

Private cars are generally not permitted to enter the area, with a few exceptions for certain agents of the developer, local businesses or for emergency needs. A key icon of DB is the use of golf carts to commute from one part of DB to another. The number of golf carts is highly restricted by the Transport Department to a total of 500 vehicles and demand for golf carts can push prices up to around HK$700,000 – almost as expensive as a brand new car. Car redirects here. ... The main square of Siena, Italy This is a list of noteworthy car-free areas. ... A Lamborghini built golf cart A golf cart (officially referred to as a golf car according to ANSI standard z130. ...


Education

As of April 2008, DB was served by three kindergartens and two primary schools. A number of independent residential play-groups also operate in various venues.


With its burgeoning children and young adult population, school places in DB are limited. Many students, both primary and secondary, travel by ferry to various secondary schools located on Hong Kong Island, or by bus to the schools in Tung Chung and the Kwai Tsing District. The night view of the Island side as seen from the Kowloon side - the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Hong Kong Island (Traditional Chinese: 香港島; Simplified Chinese: 香港岛; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dou2; Mandarin Pinyin: Xiānggǎngdǎo) is the island where the colonial settlement of the Hong Kong territory... Overlook of Tung Chung from Ngong Ping Skyrail Location of Tung Chung in relation to the rest of Lantau Island Tung Chung is a growing township situated on the north-western coast of Lantau Island in Hong Kong, China. ... Kwai Tsing (Chinese: 葵青區, Jyutping: kwai4 cing1 keoi1, pinyin: kuí qīng qū) is one of the 18 districts of Hong Kong. ...


Discovery College, a primary and secondary ‘Through-Train’ school, would be opened in the 2008 school term. It will bring a much need boost to the quality education facilities in DB, particularly for secondary school places.

Nursery & Kindergartens
  • Sunshine House (private/international)
  • Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) Kindergarten (private/international)
  • Discovery Mind Kindergarten (DMK) (private/Chinese & international sections)
Primary schools
  • Discovery Bay International School (DBIS) (private/international)
  • SKH Wei Lun Primary School (government-aided primary school/chinese)
Primary and Secondary 'Through-Train' Schools (proposed)
  • Discovery College (ESF)(opening in August 2008; private/international)
  • Discovery Bay Catholic School (proposed to be built; government-aided)

Municipal services

DB is owned and developed by HKR, the developer. Discovery Bay Services Management Limited (DBSML), a subsidiary of HKR, manages the development. DB used to have its own private water supply from a reservoir and water treatment plant located near the golf course in the mountain valley above the estate. Since DB Tunnel opened in 2000, DB has been connected to the municipal supply from the Water Supplies Department which sources its water both from reservoirs throughout Hong Kong, Lantau Island and the New Territories and from the Pearl River Delta in the Mainland. Current municipal facilities inside DB include a fire station and ambulance depot, a post office and a police reporting post. These facilities were built by the developer and services rendered by various government bodies. This article is about the sport of golf. ... Providing an adequate water supply for Hong Kong has always been difficult because there are no natural lakes, rivers or substantial underground water sources. ... Map of Pearl River Delta (details) The Pearl River Delta Region (PRD) in China occupies the low-lying areas alongside the Pearl River estuary where the Pearl river flows into the South China Sea. ...


With the opening of the DB Tunnel in 2000, the Government deemed the police station and fire station/ambulance depot unnecessary, and Discovery Bay relies on services provided by the headquarters in Tung Chung. A Community Centre has also been built at the Yi Pak Bay and it will be handed over to and operated by the Government.


Issues and criticisms

Like many developments, DB has its own share of issues. An oft-made complaint is that DB is expensive compared to the rest of Hong Kong; from its member-only recreation and entertainment clubs to its limited shopping options. Furthermore, various groups such as teenagers and the elderly complain that there are few activities catered to them. Plans have been made to open a skating area for the former, also to be used as a Tai-Chi area for the latter. However, although an area has been paved for this purpose, the opening is stalled as discussions with nearby residents are still being held.


Transport A frequent complaint is with regard to its transportation. Whereas other parts of Hong Kong are generally well-served by frequent transport options from competing operators, DB is served solely by DBTSL and DBTPL, both subsidiaries of HKR. These services, while reliable, may take longer than the advertised times depending on weather and traffic condition.


Construction As an ongoing residential development, construction sites and the related dust and noise is an ever-present issue in DB. Buildings are generally renovated every seven years, in compliance with the government regulations.


Miscellaneous DB suffers few natural disasters, with the exception of typhoons and hillfires as a result of a mixture of dry weather and carelessness. Cyclone Catarina, a rare South Atlantic tropical cyclone viewed from the International Space Station on March 26, 2004. ... Lantau Island, the largest of the outlying islands in Hong Kong, is home to a two major country parks - Lantau North Country Park and Lantau South Country Park. ...


Eco-Business Award DB has always been a green town. It has clinched the Green Property Management Award (Private Housing) in 2002. To make DB a greener town, DBSML, the management company of DB, has replaced conventional ballasts with energy-saving tubes. The number of lights in common corridors and main entrances of buildings were re-assessed and unnecessary lights were removed. It was thought that a 30% reduction in electricity charges was achieved in La Vista, one of the villages. As well as energy reduction, flea market, old books collection, old clothes collection and used household items collection have been held on a regular basis in order to promote recycling.


See also

Other Hong Kong topics Culture - Economy Education - History - Politics Hong Kong Portal The following is a list of areas of Hong Kong. ... Other Hong Kong topics Culture - Economy Education - History - Politics Hong Kong Portal This is a list of buildings and structures in Hong Kong. ... Map of Lantau Island, Hong Kong Lantau Island, also Lantao, based on the old local name of Lantau Peak (Traditional Chinese: ; lit. ...

References

  1. ^ Discovery Bay at a glance http://www.dbay.hk/icms2/template?series=2&article=5 (2007 figure, retrieved 1 Apr 2007)
  2. ^ First Wi-Fi Service on Ferries in Asia commences in Discovery Bay http://www.hkri.com/cms1/hkr/hkr2771.html

External links

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Official sites
  • Discovery Bay (official website)
  • DbAY (official community website)
  • Oceanfront Alfresco Dining Designation in Discovery Bay (official website)
  • HKR International Limited (developer's website)
Community information
  • Discovery Bay Forum (discussion forum)
  • Discovery Bay Residents Electronic Timetable (ferry/bus/train timetables)

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