Day view of Ap Lei Chau and Aberdeen in the Southern District
Location of Southern District within Hong Kong
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Special Administrative Region||Hong Kong|
|o District Council Chairman||Mr Lo Kin-Hei|
|o District Council Vice-Chairman||Mr Paul Zimmerman|
|o District Officer||Mr. Cheng Kong-Chung, JP|
|o Total||38.8 km2 (15.0 sq mi)|
|o Density||7,100/km2 (18,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (Hong Kong Time)|
|Largest neighbourhood by population||Ap Lei Chau (86,752 - 2016 est)|
|Website||Southern District Council|
|Literal meaning||Southern District|
The Southern District faces the South China Sea at the south, and is backed by hills and reservoirs, designated as Country Parks, at the north. The eastern half of the district is semi-rural, with some of Hong Kong's most popular beaches. The western half of the district is partly residential and partly industrial.
The residents of Southern District vary from the Chinese majority to the community of expats. The eastern half containing areas such as Stanley and Repulse Bay is especially popular among expats and affluent locals because of the combination of its close proximity to Central and the wholesome environment. The western half of Southern district is more urbanized and areas such as Aberdeen containing more housing developments than the eastern half.
The district includes the following areas:
Islands of the district:
Tourist attractions within the district include Aberdeen's floating restaurants and fishing harbour; the Ocean Park; the swimming beach of Repulse Bay; The Home of Teresa Teng; the souvenir market and, formerly, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum at Stanley.
It is served by Pok Fu Lam Road, Aberdeen Tunnel, Wong Nai Chung Gap Road and Tai Tam Road. The MTR has opened the South Island Line in 2016, marking that all 18 districts of Hong Kong have been served by the MTR for the first time. The proposed MTR South Island Line (West) will also be built to help serve the western half of the area. There are currently no proposed routes to Stanley or Repulse Bay due to the large number of buses that serve those destinations.