Hong Kong is not all hustle and bustle – there are easily accessible peaceful places, too!

Just a short ride from Central are several fascinating places that offer a more leisurely pace of life. There is even an indigenous village on Hong Kong Island – Pok Fu Lam Village, formerly home to the city’s first dairy farm. Close by is the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Béthanie Campus. Béthanie was opened as a sanatorium in 1875. After a series of restoration, it reopened in 2006 and features two performance venues, an exhibition hall and chapel. Also in the area is Cyberport, a digital community of over 300 information and communication technology companies that includes a shopping arcade and cinema, and which offers panoramic views over the beautiful harbour.On the south side of the island is Stanley, a seaside town famous for its market, bars and restaurants. The market is packed with stores selling clothing, accessories, jewellery, knick-knacks and ornaments. One of its famous historic sites is Murray House, a classical stone building erected in 1844 in Central – it was dismantled in 1982, rebuilt in Stanley in 2002 and is now home to restaurants and cafes. Just along the coast is Repulse Bay, Hong Kong’s most popular beach resort, with golden sands and safe swimming.