Ap Lei Chau is a small adjacent island to the south of Hong Kong Island, and is connected by a short bridge that spans across Aberdeen Harbour. The whole Island is a residential area and is one of the most densely populated areas on the South side of Hong Kong Island. The Island actually has a rather quirky name, in Chinese it literally mean duck’s tongue and is named for the island's resemblance to this particular delicacy.
The area is popular for its expansive open sea views, being very family friendly, and having a close knit community. This isolation and sense of detachment from the busy citylife looks to have help fostered a better sense of community here, the intimate Cantonese term “Gai Fong” (neighbours in the area) seemed to be used here relatively more often.
Ap Lei Chau has many infrastructures in place to take advantage of being surrounding by the sea, Ap Lei Chau Waterfront Promenade that stretches along the bay provides a great way to soak in the sea views and also has a walking trail, children’s playground and exhibition that showcases the history of the area. For an even better view, a hike of the Yuk Kwai Shan, the highest peak on the Island provides panoramic green and sea views overlooking the whole island. Another popular attraction of Ap Lei Chau is the Horizon Plaza, a large 28 floor building that has become a Hong Kong shopping mecca for furniture and fashion factory outlets.
At the end of the year 2016, the South Horizons and Lei Tung MTR Stations of Ap lei Chau is due to be completed, as part new of the South Island East Line, it allows for travel times to Admiralty in a mere 11 minutes. The advent of these stations has sparked a renewed interest in Ap Lei Chau, and coupled with what the Island already has to offer this added convenience will make Ap lei Chau more desirable than ever.
Information on Ap Lei Chau provided by Home Net, Licensed Hong Kong Property Agency.