Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Should you want to take a break from the city, drop by at lamma island. There isn't much activities offered in lamma island other than hiking and having a seafood feast. You could take a hike around the island and settle down for seafood dinner thereafter. Take a ferry from hong kong island ferry pier to get there.
Lamma Island is one of the outlying islands in Hong Kong. There is three beaches in Lamma Island, Lo So Shing, Hung Shing Yeh, and Tai Wan To, which is the only beach allowed dogs to go.
There's a fun fair every year which is organized by voluntees in the island. Usually around mid October.
It takes 25 minutes from Central to Yung Shu Wan and 35 minutes to Shou Kuo Wan by ferry. Alternatively, you can take the ferry in Aberdeen.
I like the sand there, they are soft and the beaches are beautiful.
Lamma Island - quite special because there is no traffic, so a great antidote to the hussle and bustle of Hong Kong. The trip we took, as recommended by some locals, was take the ferry from Central to Yung Shue Wan, walk over the hill via the power station and cement factory, and have lunch at Sok Kwu Wan. The resto we ate at was the Fu Kee Seafood restaurant, the menu was bamboo clams, garoupa fish, salt'n'peppa prawns, vegs, rice, hagen Das. Right fine it was too. Then we took the ferry back to Aberdeen and bus to Hong Kong.
I met an expatriot from California working in investment banking in Hong Kong. One day we took the Star Ferry over to Lamma Island for a nice cross island hike and an amazing and cheap seafood dinner. It is so close yet so far far from the hectic city. I believe the ferry ride was a half hour or less, I forget already.
You can take a ferry from one of the outlying island piers west of the Star Ferry pier in Central. (At the time of writing, it is pier number 4.)
Inside the Tin Hau Temple there are the usual offerings and shrines. Behind a red spirit screen which is supposed to keep evil spirits from entering you will see the main shrine of a beaded and veiled Tin Hau goddess.
There is an old village atmosphere on Lamma Island located alongside the sea with small shops selling furniture and hand painted ceramic-ware at very good prices. Every so often you find a little temple.
There are two Tin Hau temples on Lamma. One is located in Yung Shue Wan (Banyan Bay) where two granite lions guard the entrance. This temple was built over 100 years ago. The other temple is in Sok Kwu Wan (Picnic Bay) which was built 150 yrs ago.
Lamma has several good beaches, country walks and campsites, more than any of the other islands. There are also Excellent seafood restaurants which line the waterfront and back-streets of Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan, the latter being best for Seafood and the former for pigeon.
Fishing remains the most important livelihood for the 8,000 residents. No cars are found here and few of the buildings are over three storeys high. The main town on Lamma is Yung Shue Wan. You can find stalls selling dried fish, Chinese herbal medicines, incense and candles.
An hour or so's ferry ride will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city to a beautiful country park.
We got the ferry from Central to the village of Yung Shue Wan, where we stopped for a beer and watched the local people going about their daily business and then walked the picturesque coastal path and across the hills to Sok Kwu Wan, where there are fish farms and harbour-side restaurants.
We probably met about a dozen people during the 2-hour walk across the island - a big contrast to the crowded city pavements!
Lamma Island is rugged and mountainous and is Hong Kong's third largest island. The Hong Kong Electric Power Station is based on the northeast waterfront and you can see the tall stacks from quite a distance which identifies the island. There are some great beaches and excellent seafood restaurants which line the waterfront and back streets.
Regular ferry services run the 40 minute trip from the Outlying Islands Pier in Central.
Lamma Island, also known as 'Po Liu Chau', is the third largest island in Hong Kong. You've got a nice and easy track to cross the island
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You can find great seafood, a glimse of the old Hong Kong, good hiking, and a 'Lan Kwai Fong' in Lamma Island.
There are a number of great seafood restaurants on Lamma Island. Some of them operate their own junk for transportation. Seafood here is fresh and relatively inexpensive (well, compared with the Jumbo restaurant in Aberdeen).
Take a short hiking trip from one side of the Island to the other. It is a paved trail and is easy to walk. There is not much shade on the way though so please bring along your sunblock and cap.
This trail passes through some local villages. They give you a glimpse of how the old Hong Kong looks like. In fact, I grew up in a similar village in some other part of Hong Kong!
Remember to try 'Tofu-flower' in the store towards the end of the trail. It is sweetened, very soft tofu. A very refreshing desert after the short hike.
After finishing the trail you should be at the other main beach of the Island. A lot foreigners live here, with some small restaurants, bars, and pubs. YOu would find it a very similar setting as in Lang Kwai Fong in Central, but with a more down-to-earth touch.
on the opposite of Hong Kong , u find the small island of Lama , no cars , no buildings , only a fishermansharbor , and some small houses , some nice beaches too
watch out for the SHARKS is the only sign on this island
Lamma Island is a great fishing community with charming little villages that is located to the southwest of HK. The place has a slightly hippy feel to it and is full of great seafood restaurants.