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Best of Lantau panel of experts

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From the busy beaches of Cheung Sha to the secluded sands of Tsin Yue Wan, from the hubbub of Tung Chung, to the solitude of Sunset Peak, Lantau has something for everyone. This year’s Best of Lantau guide features a panel of Lantau experts to help you find everything that Lantau has to offer as the ‘green jewel’ of Hong Kong. Also new this year is our Readers’ Choice poll; be sure to check out the dining and beauty sections for top recommendations from your fellow Lantau neighbours.

Kim Whiley

Living and working in Hong Kong since 1989—moving to DB in 2008—Kim is a serial entrepreneur and a woman on a (business) mission. Through her business, Tamco Holdings Group, Kim has opened many different businesses in Hong Kong dealing with sourcing, import and export, health products, student learning products, publishing and online shopping. She has put her business experience to work for the benefit of fellow entrepreneurs as a past president of the Women Business Owners Club, and she also co-founded the Women Entrepreneur Network in 2016.

Baljit Gidwani

Discovery Bay-based photographer Baljit Gidwani of Evoque Portraits specialises in capturing a family’s natural moments of love and affection. A DBresident of 34 years, Baljit has seen lots of changes in DB over the years but, for him, what has always remained the same is the sense of community, “Everyone around you seems to have the same shared value for preserving this way of life and behaving in a manner befitting a civil community.”

Elizabeth Hemmings

As a mum and small-business owner—and a Lantau-resident for 17 years—Elizabeth “Liz” Hemmings is an expert in living all over Lantau. When her children were young, the family moved to South Lantau so the kids could attend a local Chinese kindergarten and primary school. They lived in Shui Hau, and then Ham Tin, while Liz owned and managed a toy shop in Mui Wo. When her children were ready for secondary school, the family moved to Discovery Bay and now live in Seabird Lane.

Merrin Pearse

Sustainability expert, and advocate for a green Lantau, Merrin Pearse has lived with his family in Mui Wo for 12 years. Founder of the firm Coordinate4u (C4u), Merrin and his wife, cartographer Louise Taylor, provide expertise to corporations and individuals on how to work and live in a way that will reduce their negative impact on the environment. Merrin has also worked with the environmental protection organisation Friends of the Earth and volunteers as Chairman of Lantau’s Living Islands Movement.

Jenny Quinton

Lantau resident since 1989, Jenny founded Mui Wo-based Ark Eden in 2006. Ark Eden offers outdoor environmental (permaculture) education experiences for everyone and eco-camps for children, and promotes eco schemes for a greener Lantau and Hong Kong. Newly returned from a ‘sabbatical,’ Jenny is ready to tackle finding a better, greener solution for Lantau and Hong Kong.

YB Rai

DB wouldn’t be the same without the Uncle Russ coffee shops—which function as de facto community hubs. Owner of the Uncle Russ chain, and DB resident since 1994—YB Rai is a local ‘DB celebrity’ and a prominent community figure. Uncle Russ is a regular event sponsor and charity donor in the DB community, and—in addition to brewing great coffee—Uncle Russ has won numerous ‘best employer’ awards, including the Asian Social Caring Leadership Award and nods from the Family- Friendly Employers Award Scheme.

Alan Chung

Born and bred in Hong Kong, Alan Chung is a relative newcomer to Lantau as he and his family moved to Tung Chung in 2016. Though he may be new to the Lantau scene, Alan already has big plans for Lantau. Alan and his business partner, Andrew Spires, have been organising a series of Rotten Head Craft Beer & Music quiz night and live music events in Tung Chung and on Hong Kong.

Kelly Merrick

Kelly has been a South Lantau resident since 2007, and a co-owner of the South Lantau-based property agency, HomeSolutions, since 2011. HomeSolutions specialises in helping people find homes—and happiness—in South Lantau and Tung Chung, with the goal that each individual and family quickly becomes a part of the Lantau community.

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