This is a great article to show how Discovery Bay has changed over the years. It was written by Angie Bucu and contrasts Discovery Bay now with how it used to be over 30 years ago.
I had heard that there used to be times when there was no tunnel, and the only way to reach the community was via boat. And not a regular ferry like today, but a much more infrequent one. It did not run through the night and you really had to plan when to visit Hong Kong Island or Discovery Bay.
Back then the only way to transport items to DB was via the small Kai-To boats that docked at Nim Shu Wan bay – and you can imagine that it was much harder back then to go shopping! There was only a small supermarket and drugstore at the pier in the early 1980s, and not much choice to eat out – except for small dai pai dongs.
Friends had told me that the plaza used to have a water fountain in the middle, but because kids always kept playing in and around it, the management decided this is too risky and decided to remove it – hence the big empty space in the heart of the DB Plaza, which is now used as the stage for several events each year.
Angie highlights these aspects and others nicely – head over to Around DB to check out her article.