Ap Lei Chau's name means island shaped like a duck's tongue. Once home to the city's fishermen, it is now mostly a residential area with yachts slowly replacing the more rustic vessels. Some tourists also come here for the outlets and other querky places such as the city's first winery. The opening of the South Island Line meant this oasis is now only 12 minutes from the CBD.
Lei Tung Estate opened in 1987 and consists of 8 towers offering 1800 public housing units.
Behind the estate is Yuk Kwai Shan, a steep hill that rises 196m above sea level. The ascent is not easy to find, starting behind the fence next to the bus station's staff portable office, then uphill through difficult terrain. Make use of the ropes installed along the rail to help navigate the dirt trails. From the top, the views make the effort worthwhile.
With sea views everywhere, it is no surprise luxury residentials have also risen next to the public housing estates. Larvotto consists of 9 towers housing 715 luxury units with a minimum size of 1000 sq ft.
Down the other side, at the right times of the day, you can walk across the sandbar to Ap Lei Pai, another island just offshore.
On the western edge of the island is the 34-tower South Horizons estate. It was completed in the 1990s and has over 9800 units.
The north coast is quite dense with lots of residential buildings.