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    FYI - Taxis have been approved for 24 hours per day (except for 7am to 10am). There is a taxi rank you can just turn up at too! I am not sure about taxis coming into Ma Wan/Park Island, but I think you can get a taxi TO the island any time 24/7 and that it is only picking up passengers which cannot be done from 7am to 10am.

    Originally taxis (maybe taxi pick-ups only) were allowed for a smaller part of the day and it was increased last year to 21 hours per day. So, we are actually expecting taxis to go totally 24 hours in the not so distant future, as the taxi service so far has been a success and has not impeded on the traffic-free 'green' lifestyle on the island. The taxi rank is right next to the toll booths where you come in from the Tsing Ma bridge so the impact is minimal to none at all.

    I can confirm there is no planned car park (which could also easily be build out of the way of residents), but I did read that a government source has said this will happen when the Tuen Mun - Airport tunnel has been completed as the Tsing Ma bridge will see a considerable reduction in traffic, enabling it to cope with additional traffic from Ma Wan. As to the reliability of this source, your guess is as good as mine!!

    Reading these old posts which so strongly say taxis will not happen, make me think that anything is possible! The latest elected district councillor for Park Island actually pledged to consult and urge the MTR corporation to run a feasibility study into a possible Park Island/Ma Wan MTR station. It would be an impressive bit of engineering to build, but this is totally possible as we have the Tung Chung MTR line passing right over us inside the Tsing Ma bridge so we're not talking about laying additional train lines, tunnelling or bridge building! The possibility of this is very exciting, and although it is probably not so likely, there is a new tourist attraction set to be built on the island (where the old fishing village is currently located) so with an increase in visitors to whatever the attraction is, an MTR station could be a reality.


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    Sorry I missed Randy's comment.

    I just wanted to point out as well, that the bus frequencies stated are incorrect. We have much more frequent buses, and Tsing Yi buses in the mornings are every 4 minutes. The buses are not full or crowded, with the exception of the Tsuen Wan MTR bus services but there is a ferry alternative to this route.

    Regarding the clubhouse, it is not a problem at all. We have never had problems using or booking anything. HK is a busy place with people working long hours, so actually my wife and I find is that we are benefiting from the sheer quantity and range of facilities planned for 31 apartment towers, but without having to share them with all the other residents since so many either don't bother using them or don't have the time to! Pretty sweet deal if you ask me!


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    Transport is fine on Park Island. And the quality is high also. Probably in many ways higher than almost any estate in Hong Kong, desregarding what you consider a "prestige" location like the Peak.

    It depends do you want the REAL Kong Kong of dirty, grime, noise, from traffic, or do you want a place that is some how so perfect that its actually artifical, similar to Singapore where the streets are unnaturally clean and so on, all the lobby's are perfect, every tree and blade of grass manicured and so on.

    Let me give you an example. You can how have a women with a "fake" face, that is made to look perfect by a plastic surgeon. You seem them in HK, with a fake nose, chin, eyes, then added fake eye lashes, (maybe breast enhancement, and so on). So you have made her look "perfect" but is it natural? Is it real beauty?

    Now I am not saying you should choose the ugliest women you can, or the most horrible place in HK to live such as a backstreet in Mongkok, but if you really come to HK to live, don't you also want experience something more actually real? I live on Park Island, for some of the benefits, but actually am located in the Ma Wan villiage.
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    SOme of my behaviours tehre is now not an issue. The security guards can be an annoying on the Park ISland residence. Now yes, if I was playing music loud on ocasion of a celebration on the evening, if a neigbhour complains to the guard, shoudl the guard perhaps address it, but can the neighbour not tell me directly instead of calling the guard with the intercom to lodge a complaint? This is just impersonal, whereas i. the villiage what woudl happen? Either the neighbours come to join and celebrate with you too, or they just enjoy to hear the music come over to them ratehr than calling a guard, as there are not guards in the villiage. ANd I can say, whenever I come back from either overseas or other parts ok HK, I do find Ma Wan very peaceful and nice to come back to.


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    One other comment kryzolwski. As a former engineer I can tell you an MTR station appears technically feasible. I indeed have wondered the same thing and am sure it must be considered as a possibility. Now is it feasible to do it from an economic perspective? That is more doubtful in the short term. Do you allow MTR to also build some shops at the station? Do you remove and replace the Noar Ark there? Do you manage to satidfy local's some of who may not like more nonresidents coming over to visit Park Island. ANd of course what developemnt takes place on the rest of MaWan to support the desire for the station. But yes mechanically and technically it can be done within the current train and bridge structure and we do know HK Govt likes to spend on infrastructure projects with no immediate regard to financial returns.


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    Talking of transportation, how long would it take to get from Park Island to Kowloon Tong? Would it involve bus to Tsing Yi and then mtr to KT?


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    Quote Originally Posted by stellalocal
    Talking of transportation, how long would it take to get from Park Island to Kowloon Tong? Would it involve bus to Tsing Yi and then mtr to KT?
    YEs that is one mode. Or you can also taxi to Tsing Yi or right to your end destination. But bus the quickest. They run very often and go direct to Tsing Yi. It takes around 10 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chateau
    YEs that is one mode. Or you can also taxi to Tsing Yi or right to your end destination. But bus the quickest. They run very often and go direct to Tsing Yi. It takes around 10 minutes.
    Thanks for the info.

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    is Park Island a suburb of Shenzhen?


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    Yeh totally


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    Is Hong Kong a suburb of Shenzhen?


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