I’ve lived in DB for a couple of years now. Such a fantastic place, so much to do and only half an hour from central!!
Though DB is considered in Hong Kong to be a low-density development due to the amount of open spaces (as measured by the plot to development ratio of 0.12), 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.
DB currently consists of 13 residential development phases with properties ranging from garden houses to high-rise towers of up to 24 storeys. The development also features a 400-metre-long privately owned beach, four private membership clubs including a golf club and a marina club and a public park (Siena Central Park). The absence of public recreational facilities is a bone of discontent with the residents especially in view of the fact that the developer has an outstanding obligation to provide 300,000 square metres of such facilities as part of the original plan.
If you want to connect or find out anything more check out this discovery bay community website for DBers…(www.pier3.hk)
Commuting within DB is done via a 24-hour internal shuttle bus service operated by DBTSL, which runs between various parts of DB and the Bus Terminus by the 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 operates as a point-to-point minibus shuttle service (e.g. operating on a basis similar to SuperShuttle airport services in the States). Residents can also drive their own golf carts or bicycles to travel around DB as an alternative.
DB Plaza is also home to food outlets offering eating and drinking.
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, clinics, and a vet to serve the large pet population.
The DB development includes a number of amenities: a beach at Tai Pak Bay; four private membership recreational clubs including a 27-hole golf course and a marina (where some residents who 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. However, this falls far short of the developer’s obligation to provide them under the Land Grant, Outline Zoning Plan and Approval Letter for the extended development under the original master plan. A Community Centre / Indoor Recreation Centre was finally completed in 2007, seven years after the extended development in Yi Pak was approved. However, it was not handed over to government appointed operators until April 2009.