PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 May, 2011, 12:00am


Moving from the city to Sai Kung not only enabled Amanda Glover and her family to live in a bigger property at an affordable price, it also meant her daughter added new words to her vocabulary.

'When our daughter [Izzy] started speaking, among her first words were 'moo' and 'dog',' Glover says. 'Watching cows walk past our house and seeing dogs running around gets our daughter very excited and has given her confidence because she likes to get close to them.' Dining out at family-run Sai Kung restaurants also provides opportunities for the family to interact with indigenous residents.

'I don't think we would have the experiences we do in any other area of Hong Kong,' Glover says.

The move has also had an impact on the Glover family's friends. After visiting their three-storey home near Hong Kong Marina, two close friends also moved to Sai Kung.

Like many families, a big concern is where their children will go to school. When the time comes, the Glovers are considering sending their two-year old daughter to a local kindergarten so she can learn to speak Cantonese. Parents have a wide choice of Western and Chinese-style education for their children.