In Hong Kong, the Outlying Islands (Chinese: 離島) are the groups of islands that surround Hong Kong Island as well as Kowloon and the New Territories on the mainland. There are 263 islands in Hong Kong. The term outlying is not strictly defined and in some cases islands very close to Hong Kong Island and mainland China are not included.
Inconvenient transportation meant that development came relatively late compared to other parts of Hong Kong, and many islands are still little affected. Many of the outlying islands are sparsely inhabited and remain largely rural, although significant traditional villages and towns exist on the islands of Lantau, Peng Chau, Lamma and Cheung Chau.
In the 1980s, Discovery Bay was privately developed as an upmarket residential area on Lantau, served by a fast ferry service to the business district at Central. In the 1990s, the development of the new Hong Kong Airport, off the north shore of Lantau, led to the creation of a road and rail link to that island and the development of Tung Chung, previously a small settlement, into a new town adjacent to the airport. As a result of this improved access, further developments on Lantau followed, including a road link to Discovery Bay, and the development of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
The more rural islands, and the rural areas of Lantau, are popular recreation spots for urban dwellers on holidays.
Locations co-operates with agents in Discovery Bay and in Tung Chung as a rule so we can always have the lastest listings on hand for our clients wishing to view these areas. One of our agents lives in Tung Chung with experience living in DB and we all enjoy the recreational aspects of the Outlying Islands and often explore our Island homes.