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Discovery Bay Family-Friendly Neighbourhood Guide

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Discovering the bay…

Editor’s Note: Discovery Bay is a small, close-knit community. Given the current coronavirus outbreak in the city, it’s best not to travel to DB if you don’t live there and save this handy guide for when the situation improves. 

Discovery Bay is often seen as a place people go for day trips, hiking excursions, or when they decide to start a family, but there is much more than meets the eye! The backdrop of sea, beach, and mountains offer picture-perfect views, no matter where you choose to lay your hat. From sailing and kayaking to handmade markets and beachside adventures, there is something for every member of the family. We’ve put together your ultimate family neighbourhood guide, covering everything from where to eat and to where to get your nails done, to where to enrol the kids for classes. Click the handy links below to find the details you’re looking for!

Food & Drink
Where To Shop
Style & Beauty
Living In Discovery Bay
What To Do In Discovery Bay
Events In Discovery Bay

Read more: Kennedy Town Family-Friendly Neighbourhood Guide

Food & Drink

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Eating Out

Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.

Though the dining choices in Discovery Bay are not quite as extensive as Hong Kong Island or Kowloon, it is a great way to escape the city. Plus, the alfresco dining adds an almost Mediterranean atmosphere.

Zaks

Hugely popular because of its vast space and waterside location, Zaks is the largest restaurant on the waterfront.

Zak’s, Shop G04, Block A, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 3018 1089, [email protected], www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/zaks

Koh Tomyums

Frequented by families in the day, and couples in the evening, this Thai restaurant has all the favourites plus a few surprise options. Try the pineapple beef curry for something a bit different, or opt for one of the soup favourites. The outside seating is perfect for balmy evenings, but make sure you book in advance.

Koh Tomyums, Shop 105B, 1/F, D’Deck, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2987 0767, www.ddeck.com.hk/KohTomyums

22 Degrees North

Though it’s on the pricey side, this place offers top-quality dishes. The daily fresh produce is prepared with absolute dedication, offering a fine flavour of French classics.

22 Degrees North, Shop G08B, G/F, Block A, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2987 2298, [email protected], www.22north.com.hk

McSorley’s Pub

Always popular for screened sporting events, this place is busiest on the weekends and often visited by DB’s locals. Well-known for its kids’ menu, spacious alfresco dining terrace and the weekly Wednesday Indian buffet.

McSorley’s Pub, G11A-1, D’Deck, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2987 8280, [email protected], www.mcsorleys.com.hk

Hemingways

Hemingways is a beachfront bar with a large outdoor deck overlooking the bay. It is the only restaurant in Discovery Bay that serves 100% plant-based comfort food and is the perfect spot for vegans and non-vegans alike! It’s a popular spot for DB locals to spend weekend evenings here sipping cool cocktails and enjoying live music!

Hemingways, Shop G09, G/F, D’Deck, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2987 8804, www.hemingways.hk

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Three Sheets Marquee Bar

A very unique “marquee bar” situated right in the middle of the Discovery Bay South Plaza, Three Sheets is the perfect venue for a variety of events and alfresco drinks with friends. Its open setting allows parents to take a break while their little ones run around in the plaza with the other children.

Three Sheet Marquee Bar, G06 D’Deck, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2987 0966, [email protected], www.threesheets.com.hk

Uncle Russ Coffee

Uncle Russ is Discovery Bay’s favourite coffee shop. Established in 1992, it aims to provide its customers with the best quality coffee and today it is also a very popular hangout for new and old DB-ers. Uncle Russ is also an avid charity supporter and sponsors many events in the area and beyond.

Uncle Russ Coffee, LG19, LG/F, 92 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay North, Lantau Island, Hong Kong,  [email protected], www.unclerusscoffee.com.hk

Healthy Chicken

Roasted to perfection and sourced from the freshest and tastiest of poultry selection, Healthy Chicken was created to bring hearty choices to health-conscious eaters. Discovery Bay is the restaurant’s third location in Hong Kong, serving many healthy dinners to busy bees in this city every day.

Healthy Chicken, Shop No.G13A, G/F, 92 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 6882 9762, www.facebook.com/healthychicken

Sattvic

Not a restaurant, but offering great food delivery, Sattvic offers healthy Indian and Indian-inspired vegetarian food. The owner Suveera Sharma shares her great passion for cooking through her to-die-for samosas and cooking classes too!

Sattvic, 5689 1422, www.facebook.com/sattvicc

Read more: Family-Friendly Hong Kong Brunches

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Cakes

One thing is for sure, DB bakers are phenomenal. The sheer number of kids in the area means that there are birthday parties all the time so here are a couple of our favourites.

C Cakes

Corina Klein offers cakes, cupcakes, pastries and mini bites to satisfy every sweet tooth in the family. She uses the best ingredients to create centrepieces for many parties in Discovery Bay!

C Cakes, 3A Coastline Villa, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 9035 5803, www.c-cakes.com

Stella’s Sweetcakes

The grand dame of cakery in DB, Stella’s creations are available everywhere from Bookazine to Epicland, but if you plan ahead you can also secure her for your family’s special events (her creations appeal to kids and adults alike). Her cupcakes are beautifully crafted with toppers and buttercream that you’ll (almost) be hesitant to eat it.

Stella’s Sweetcakes, 9040 4251, [email protected]www.sweetcakes-hkg.com

Read more: Best Cake Stores For Every Special Occasion And Celebration

Where To Shop

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It’s hard not to be impressed with the scale of the Fusion and Wellcome supermarkets (located in the South and North Plaza, respectively), but if you’re feeling like some things are overpriced and over-packaged, opt for the smaller stores or delivery services.

Groceries

Star Mart

A humble Indian grocer that started in Tsim Sha Tsui back in 2010, Star Mart is now the largest South Asian grocery-cum-supermarket chain that sells a wide range of products. Tucked in the back of the North Plaza, Star Mart is where to find great ingredients at affordable prices.

Star Mart, G15, G/F, Discovery Bay North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, [email protected], www.starmart.com.hk

Grandpa’s Garden

Just a few minutes’ walk from the heart of Discovery Bay, Grandpa’s Garden is a little organic garden run by a lovely elderly couple in Nim Shue Wan. They sell vegetables, herbs and fruit and rent plots of land to many DB residents. Take your kids here for a great adventure and pick up some freshly picked veggies for dinner!

Grandpa’s Garden, Nim Shue Wan, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 9137 0640

Wellness Stores

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Run by the tireless Renu Malani, Avon in DB brings much-loved British brand to the doors of Lantau (and across Hong Kong). If you or your family are prone to bug bites, she sells the Skin So Soft Dry Oil Spray, which magically keeps midges and mosquitoes (real pests in DB) away. For locals in DB, it’s super convenient to pick up your stash of goodies.

Avon in DB, www.facebook.com/AvonInDB

DB Health & Beauty

Microbiologist, Joanne Li, set up a firm to offer an alternative to those searching for chemical-free household and beauty products. Bestsellers include the Mould Cleaner/Mould Prevention spray (with essential oils, herbs and spices) as well as the all-natural Sunscreen and Insect Repellent.

DB Health & Beauty, [email protected], www.facebook.com/DBHealthBeauty

Books And Toys

Bookazine

A much-loved chain, the DB branch has a great range of books, stationery and gifts, and even has a cosy corner for kids to read while you browse the latest bestsellers.

Bookazine, Shop 104B, Block A, 1/F, DB Main Plaza, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, [email protected], www.bookazine.com.hk

Toysland

Conveniently located in the South Plaza, this spot is loved by older children. It has a tuck-shop full of exciting sweets, blocks, trucks, wooden toys, and a giant Thomas the Tank Engine display.

Toysland, G15B-G17, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2987 7859, www.arounddb.com/directory/toys-land

Read more: Sassy Mama’s Roundup Of The Best Toy Stores In Hong Kong

Style & Beauty

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Beauty

Nest Care

This bright little salon is a hidden gem in the North Plaza, opening out onto sea views. It’s a relaxing, wallet-friendly place to get a mani-pedi and since they only offer two spots at a time, the whole experience is intimate and enjoyable. There’s a steady flow of tea and snacks and it’s possible to bring your laptop and do some work while you have your feet done. There are cosy treatment rooms for massages and facials and the Bodywork Mum package is highly recommended.

Nest Care, LG-01, Office Block Two, DB North Plaza, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2499 8826, www.facebook.com/nestcarehk

Head to Toe by Nailed It

Head to Toe Spa, run by the owner of Nailed It from the South Plaza, is a relaxing spa in the North Plaza that offers relaxing massages.

Head to Toe by Nailed it, Unit 8, LG/F, Office Block 2, DB North Plaza, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2988 1188, www.facebook.com/dbheadtotoe

Jo Worthington

This gorgeous Brit can transform you in a matter of minutes. In fact, she can do a daytime natural look that transforms tired mamas into beauties in just 10 minutes! She built up her career in the UK working for everyone from models to musical theatre stars and knows the best products for different skin types. You can sign up for a makeover session, event make-up or book in for a masterclass.

Jo Worthington, www.instagram.com/jomakeupartist, www.facebook.com/JoannaWorthingtonMUA

Besides individual artists, you could also visit Afflatus in DB North and Salon de Coiffeur in the South.

Fashion And Lifestyle

Nomadic

From hippy kaftans to ornate photo frames, this store has a host of treats from across South East Asia. It’s worth rummaging through the racks as the store is packed to the rafters with trinkets.

Nomadic, Shop 119-120A, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2987 8460, www.arounddb.com/directory/nomadic

DB Party Time

DB Party Time has a huge selection of kids’ party costumes and adult activewear. You can also find their booth in every Handmade Market that is held monthly at the DB South Plaza.

DB Party Time, 9502 2381, [email protected]  www.facebook.com/DBPTM

The Flower Club

The Flower Club is a Discovery Bay-based boutique floral service that delivers a wide variety of fresh flowers in elegant and affordable arrangements right to your doorstep.

The Flower Club, 9706 0783, www.facebook.com/TheFlowerClub

Read more: Where To Buy Flowers In Hong Kong: The Best Florists And Flower Shops

Living In Discovery Bay

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Planning on moving? Discovery Bay is a resort town developed by HKR International in the 70s. It’s made up of lots of little “villages”, offering a range of properties – from simple studios at the plaza to grand villas on the beach and on the headland. Some have pools, almost all have their own playgrounds, and all are served by dedicated buses. Your budget will be the largest factor on where you can live – but there are two beds available for under $20,000 and luxury houses in excess of $100,000. Plus there’s even the option of living on a houseboat at the marina! Whilst the regular buses mean it’s easy to get around, if you need to get the ferry to Hong Kong island regularly it’s best to live closer to the terminal.

Schools & Playgroups

The two main schools in the area are Discovery Bay International School, which accepts children from kindergarten and up, and Discovery College, which takes them from Year 1.  There are a few schools for the under 5s (plus plenty of playgroups, see below) including Bayview House of ChildrenSunshine HouseDiscovery Bay Montessori School and Discovery Mind Kindergarten.

Playgroups 

Little Gems is a new playgroup has already become a favourite for local families. It offers options for children aged 1 to 3.5 years with both accompanied or unaccompanied and is a big hit with the little ones. HeadStart Sensory is an exciting, age-appropriate play activity class for babies in their first year. If you’re keen on the littles learning Mandarin, consider Dr. Bear Education Centre in DB North Plaza for kids aged two and above.

There are more activities for kids listed below, so do read on for ideas on what to do with kids in D-Bay.

Health Services

Island HealthQuality Health, and OT&P all have outposts in Discovery Bay. Emergency issues should go to Tung Chung hospital or the out-of-hours clinic at the airport. For dental appointments (especially with fearful young children), visit Bayside Dental.

Read more: Wan Chai Neighbourhood Guide For Families In Hong Kong

What To Do In Discovery Bay

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Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.

With Discovery Bay being such a children’s paradise, many popular class providers in Hong Kong also conduct regular children’s activities here. Tinytots is one such popular sports programme children between 18 months and 4 years old. If you prefer rugby, enrol your kids for the RugbyTots classes held weekly on the beach. Keen to teach your children swimming? The tried and tested Harry Wright classes offer sessions for every age group in Discovery Bay while ESF also runs swimming classes at Discovery College. For older kids who may be interested in something more offbeat, consider capoeira classes that are conducted by the Hong Kong School of Capoeria.

Other Discovery Bay Specials For Kids

Funfit

Miss Melissa runs this brilliant programme held at DB’s Siena Club, with lots of sensory and physical play. Kids love the slide, obstacle course and ball pit, as well as the chance for a bit of messy play.

Funfit, classes held at Siena Club, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong,  [email protected], www.facebook.com/FunfitHongKong

DMR School of Ballet

This dance school takes children from aged 3 to 20 years, with classes for ballet, modern, tap and jazz. Many of these classes are based on the RAD or ISTD syllabi and others are more loosely based on creative dance methods such as Dalcroze or musical theatre repertoires.

DMR School of Ballet, Shop 112, Block C, DB Main Plaza, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2987 4338, [email protected], www.dmr-hk.com

DB Fun

This group, run by Joanne Li (the talent behind DB Health & Beauty), encourages kids to explore science through experiments with all their senses.

DB Fun, [email protected], www.facebook.com/DB-Fun

Coding Kids

Coding Kids offers computer science education with a special focus of eventually learning JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Students here learn how to solve problems using computer logic and build algorithms. They use a syllabus developed by Code.org that is full of online activities and games to capture the students’ attention.

Coding Kids, classes held at Parkridge Village, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 6374 1167, www.codingkidshk.com

IGym

This gymnastics camp offers classes for kids aged 3 to 14. There’s an array of classes for different skill levels, and the beginner classes motivate new starters by incorporating games, arts and crafts.

IGym, classes held at DBIS/Epicland, 6077 2758, [email protected], www.igymhk.com

The Bike Hub

Bike Hub offers afterschool MTB (mountain bike, for the uninitiated!) lessons for kids aged 4 years and above. They offer a wide range of kids and adult bikes and a full-service workshop.

The Bike Hub, Unit 11, LG, Block 2, Discovery Bay North Plaza, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 5402 9970, [email protected],  www.bikehub.club

Discovery Bay Guiding

The all-girls group aims at developing leadership skills in girls. Brownie Packs (7 to 10-year-olds), Guides (11 to 15-year-olds) and Happy Bees (4 to 6-year-olds) all meet every Saturday morning during term time at DBIS School.

Discovery Bay Guiding, classes held at DBIS, www.db-brownies.com, www.db-guides.com

DB Pirates

This club also has options for younger football, rugby and netball lovers, so if sporting blood runs in the family, you’ll want to sign them up too!

DB Pirates, 20, 1/F, Office Tower 2, 96 Siena Avenue, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 9816 1450, [email protected], www.dbpirates.com

DB Dragons

DB Dragons is a fantastic football programme for all ages and abilities. The club participates in the Hong Kong Junior Football League, HKFA Golden Age as well as attending many overseas tournaments worldwide.

DB Dragons, classes held at DB North Plaza, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 3186 8730, [email protected], www.dragons.hk

Activities For Adults

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Kapuhala Space

Kapuhala Space is a social training space where athletes, people passionate about fitness and those looking to make a lifestyle change train to achieve their fitness goals in a friendly, social and communal environment. Their popular HIIT/Les Mills and spin studios host 40+ classes a week, regular monthly events, get-togethers (with drinks!) and workshops such as the Spartan training for adults and kids. Every Wednesday, it runs a Veggie Club and delivers local organic vegetables and Kapuhala’s own Sicilian wine to its subscribers.

Kapuhala Space, Unit 13&15, LG/F, Block 2, DB North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 9120 0177, [email protected], www.kapuhalaspace.com

The Beat

The Beat is a great spot for adult dance and fitness. It offers Piloxing and Fatburn Extreme sessions, as well as more traditional yoga and pilates classes. Run by two champion ballroom dancers, they also teach Latin, belly dance, and hip hop.

The Beat, DB Main Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 5194 9630, [email protected],
www.thebeat.com.hk

Embody

This studio is hugely popular for yoga and pilates. It offers many options for kids and is loved by mamas for its pre and postnatal options. It also has a good range of early morning options for those that have to get to the office.

Embody, 225, 2/F, Block C, Plaza Lane, DB Main Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 6624 8712, [email protected], www.embody.hk

Yoga Up

This gorgeous studio has a real passion for the discipline – in all its forms. Lessons here feel more like a lifestyle choice, with special retreats held in other parts of Asia.

Yogaup, 1/F Unit 6 Block 2, North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 8197 5591[email protected], www.yogaup.com.hk

Kristen Handford

Kristen is a certified personal trainer who offers her fitness classes around Discovery Bay. Originally from Canada, this mama has the certification and experience to help you reach your fitness goals.

Kristen Handford, www.kristenhandford.com

Sports And Leisure

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Discovery Bay is full of parks, the two main playgrounds are located at the main beach and Siena area. The Tai Pak beach playground provides hours of crazy fun for babies and bigger kids; the Central Park is surrounded by greenery, with cool secret paths and hungry fish in ponds waiting to be fed.

Hong Kong’s tallest vertical indoor adventure playground, Epicland has something for all ages! Their happy hours in the mornings are super popular among DB residents, their afternoon classes – often hosted by school partners – allow little participants to stick around for some epic fun even after the class!

Club Siena and the Discovery Bay Recreational Club are hives of activity. The former boasts of many pools (outdoor, indoor, kids’ and toddler) and a water play park. Discovery Bay Recreational Club is just a few minutes walk from the ferry, has plenty of tennis courts and a couple of outdoor pools to suit lane swimmers and young learners. The venues offer every type of class imaginable (for an additional charge), with options to suit most schedules.

For all those interested in sports, DB Pirates offers plenty to keep you active – from thee engaging dragon boat team to adult rugby, netball and football. Make sure to check out the social and beach events too! Discovery Bay Yacht Club is great if you’re interested in sailing in regattas and races. The Lantau Boat Club offers non-powered water sports, specifically sailing (catamarans and dinghies), paddling (outrigger canoes, surf skis, kayaks), and coastal rowing (singles, pairs, quads).

KipMovin offers running classes for adults and children who enjoy running in a group or want to improve their times or range. There is also a Monday night 5km run club open to all members of the community.

Family Photography

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Evoque Portraits

Baljit Gidwani, the owner of Evoque Portraits, is the official photographer of Discovery Bay’s local magazine and Facebook group. He is a well-known community member, admired for his passion and talent.

Evoque Portraits, Clearview, Midvale Village, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, 9659 6034, [email protected], www.evoqueportraits.com

RSP Photography

RSP is run by the talented Rosalia Sempere and she specialises in portrait, family and maternity photography. With a fully equipped studio in Discovery Bay, RSP Photography regularly hosts fun and fabulous shoots like Halloween or Christmas portraits!

RSP Photography, 6471 6309, [email protected], www.rsp-photography.com

Delphine Riche-Franz Photography

Photography sessions with Delphine are more than just that – they are memorable outings for the whole family! Delphine was also voted Best Family Photographer on Sassy Mama Reader Awards 2019, so you know you are in good hands.

DRF Photography, 9703 0576, [email protected], www.drf-photography.com

Read more: The Sassy Mama Guide To The Best Photographers In Hong Kong

Events In Discovery Bay

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Discovery Bay 10K Run for Charity

Held in early December, this signature DB event attracts approximately 500 runners and raises a 6-digit amount for local charities each year, while trying to be eco-friendly (no single-use cups and race materials).

Discovery Bay 10K Run for Charity, 6101 8434[email protected], www.dbrunforcharity.com

The Crayon Run

The Crayon Run is an annual family race in Discovery Bay. Parent and children teams compete in different categories on Tai Pak Beach. There is also an “auntie and kids” category making this a fun day for ALL residents in Discovery Bay!

The Crayon Run, Tai Pak Beach, [email protected], www.thecrayonrun.com

Junior Challenge

The Team Fear Challenge is a team event for young people aged between 8 to 18 years and involves trail running, scrambling, mountain biking, swimming, coasteering, and many other special challenges. It is held once a year in Discovery Bay and money raised goes to charity and helps those in need.

Junior Challenge, www.team-fear.com

DB Green

Though not an event, DB Green is an organisation that works on helping DB become an even greener community through events such as beach cleanups. There are a number of passionate volunteers who work here,

DB Green, [email protected]www.facebook.com/dbgreenhk

HLG Kart Race

The HLG Kart Race is one of the most anticipated events in Discovery Bay! Started in 2015, the annual event now received 80+ racers from the age of 7 to 12 years competing for race trophies year after year.

HLG Kart Race, 2416 8618, [email protected]www.hlgkartrace.com 

The Big Picnic

This is DB’s family music & dance event of the year. The Big Picnic has two great stages and over 20 live bands providing 10 full hours of live entertainment. It attracts many local residents and visitors to Discovery Bay to spend a day out with great music, drinks and friends!

The Big Picnic, [email protected], www.thebigpicnichk.com

Handmade Market

The Discovery Bay Handmade Market aims to support independent artists & craftspeople by giving them a valued space to showcase their talent. This shopping event takes place once a month and attracts crowds from all over Hong Kong.

Handmade Market, [email protected], www.handmadehongkong.com

Read more: Tseung Kwan O: The Neighbourhood Guide For Families In Hong Kong

Editor’s note: This post was originally published by LTThomas in July 2017 and updated by Crystal Lee in April 2020. Crystal owns Kapuhala Space and organises the DB10K and the Crayon Runs in Discovery Bay. 

Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Zaks, image 2 courtesy of Three Sheets Marquee Bar via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of C Cakes, image 4 courtesy of StockSnap via Pixabay, image 5 courtesy of Nest Care via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of HKRI, image 7 courtesy of taniadimas via Pixabay, image 8 courtesy of Kapuhala Space, image 9 courtesy of Evoque Portraits, image 10 courtesy of DB10KRun via Facebook.

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