Lifestyle

Things to know before moving into Peng Chau

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Home prices on outlying islands are generally cheaper compared to the city, but their remote locations can be a big deterrence. Peng Chau is surrounded by water and is only reachable by ferry; there’s no going around it. Luckily though, it only takes a 30-minute ferry ride to get to Central, which—from a time perspective—is a shorter journey than travelling to Central from the New Territories and some parts of Kowloon. Ferry services are more frequent during the morning rush hour (every 20-25 minutes), making it more convenient for residents that work in the city. In addition, Peng Chau also has ferry routes going to many other islands, including Cheung Chau, Mui Wo, Discovery Bay, Chi Ma Wan and Hei Ling Chau.

As long as you can accept the transport situation, living in Peng Chau can be a very feasible option and has many factors that you may fall in love with. However, without private motor vehicles, many residents here use bicycles as their primary mode of transport. Unlike Cheung Chau, Peng Chau is without many tourist facilities and stores, therefore, with fewer tourists in the area, it gives residents the quietness and privacy they want. It also has the lowest crime rate amongst all outlying islands in Hong Kong, offering extra reassurance for safety. 

Value Underestimation

As underestimation property sales in Peng Chau lag far behind the city, banks find it hard to give estimates based on past sales numbers, and thus they tend to underestimate a unit’s value. In addition, the distance between a residential property to the pier will also affect its estimated price.

Underdeveloped Healthcare Infrastructure

Peng Chau has no lack of restaurants, supermarkets, banks, gyms, libraries and other community facilities, however, healthcare is a different story. Apart from the publicly funded Peng Chau General Out-Patient Clinic (with no doctors working at night and during public holidays), there is only one private clinic on the island, which is open two days a week. The island only has one ambulance and one medical support vehicle; in times of emergency, patients will need helicopter transport to be taken to Eastern Hospital.

School Net

Peng Chau belongs to Primary School Net 99, which has Holy Family School and S.K.H. Wei Lun Primary School. Its Secondary School Net belongs to the Islands District, with Tung Chung Catholic School, Po Leung Kuk Mrs. Ma Kam Ming-Cheung Fook Sien College, and Wong Cho Bau Secondary School. A 10-minute ferry ride away from Peng Chau, in Discovery Bay, there is Discovery Bay International School, which provides pre-school, primary and secondary education.