Need any further info. or biased opinions, you can PM me or pop down to Carnegie’s and ask if I am around. Information is offered free on the grounds that I would hate to see you end up in DB and ultimately end up being a shadow of your former self after the Hong Kong Resorts Psy-Ops machine has had time to work.
FYI (or consideration) HG: You may wish to note:
My personal Mui Wo Village Rating is this:
(Greater Mui Wo area)
- Wang Tong (close to beach and shortest distance from Pier)
- Pak Ngan Heung (Furthest away from Pier but quite quiet)
- Luk Tei Tong (same distance from pier almost as above but more popular with gweilos/foreigners, better quality housing).
- Tai Tei Tong (previously popular with foreigners and the cheapest but very cramped and noisy especially at weekends because large number of holiday homes)
(Elsewhere on the island - in no order of preference but listed in increasing distances from Pier by road):
Pui O - many foreigners live here and is cheaper than Mui Wo but totally overcrowded at weekends when hordes of urban Cantonese from HK & KLN come over to practice their whispering skills. Can be difficult to get buses and cabs at weekends because of this.
San Sek Wan - very small. Accommodation limited amd all houses too close to the road which is noisy when buses of whispering holiday makers scream past.
Cheung Sha Upper & Cheung Sha Lower Beaches. - Very nice. Good beaches but accommodation choices are limited.
Tong Fuk - Good but at least 30 minutes by bus from pier. Advantage is greater proximity to airport. A 15 minute advantage over Mui Wo. A good little bar/restaurant run by a Brit (Dave Powell) who is quite off the wall. Reasonable accommodation available and a good beach. If you choose to live here just be careful how you pronounce it to your mother on the phone.
Shui Hau - Featureless and way too far from the pier but very close to the Big Buddha if you want to go there everyday. Close but still a 1000 feet climb by foot or road.
Tai O - No foreigners live here, except one and he is to avoided at all costs. Also, about 45 miutes from the Pier.
Tung Chung - North Lantau. That horrible colllection of high rises you can see coming into the airport. Like DB but 90% Government Housing rather than private. Awful place. To be avoided.
On the south side, all the supermarkets and good shops are to be found in Mui Wo.
The best thing about living in Mui Wo as opposed to DB is that you can choose how to live your life rather than conform to some monolithic development corporation’s idea of how you should live and behave. Mui Wo is also the last redoubt of the now dormant LLF (Lantau Liberation Front). Die-hards who didn’t OD on smack in the early 90’s can still be found here in small pockets.
Hope this helps. Cheers.