Lamma Island, Hong Kong

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    Lantau: The Wisdom Path

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 1, 2013
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    The Wisdom Path is a Chinese calligraphic work of the Heart Sutra by Professor Jao Tsung-I. Professor Jao was inspired by the stone carvings of the Vajiracchedika Prajnaparamita Sutra on Mount Taishan in Shandong while visiting in 1980. The Heart Sutra is a treasured text revered by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists alike. It is written in a simple and concise manner, yet its message is truly profound.

    In 2002, Professor Jao completed this calligraphy of the Heart Sutra. It is presented in the form of a large scale wood inscription display in an outdoor environment. The "Wisdom Path" was completed in 2005. The path consists of 38 columns in total. The height and positioning of each column are designed to correspond to the topography of the landscape, and are planted in a figure-of -eight configuration symbolizing infinity. The column located at the highest point of the hill is left blank to suggest the concept of "emptiness" (Sunyata), a key theme in the Heart Sutra.

    It is a 10-minutes walk from Ngong Ping Village, passing by some outdoor restaurants.

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    Sandy Beachs, Hike in Mountain, Fresh Seafood

    by anees Updated Jul 27, 2007

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    If you want escape the busy city in Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, you can take a 25 minutes fast ferry from Central District, or Aberdeen to Lamma Islan.
    Lamma is HK third largest island, and its divided to two parts, North and south.
    You have two choices either to start with North region at Yung Shue Wan then take an hour walk to the southern Sok Kwu Wan, or the other way around.

    The hike between the two side is a must, you will pass through a sandy beach, winds station (Power station which partly damange the sandy beach view), and little villages.

    The island is famous for its fresh seafood restaurants, where you can really enjoy some of the best shrimp dishes.

    The quick double-decker ferries which I used between Honk Kong Island (the 4th dock in central station) and Lamma either to Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan takes about 25 minutes, and the seats were fine.

    Actually, you will not be given tickets, you just change your banknotes to coins to put them in the gate which will be open to let you in, and thats it. and In yor way back, you even don't have to pay when you get into the ferry, you just make your change ready to pay upon your arrival to the cenral.

    I would recommend that you put on shorts and t shirt and wear sport shoes when you go to Lamma, otherways you will feel you wearning too much.

    Its also a good idea if you carry small towel, and bottle of water if you tend to take the one houre walk between north and south of the Island.

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    Yueng Shue Wan

    by leffe3 Written Jul 12, 2007

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    The main village of Lamma Island and closest ferry to Central. It's a busy little spot sited in a small bay. It's not the most attractive of spots but there's a certain energy that I found appealing. Most of the main street, running parallel to the shoreline, is firmly targeted at tourists - shops, cafes, bars. many with a seaview terrace tempting the day-trippers from Central. You could do worse than eat a seafood lunch or dinner here, although Sok Kwu Wan is regarded as the best option for this.

    There's a wonderful little enclave of 'how it used to be' homes and boats (although most of the boats have motorised outboard engines!) immediately to the left of the ferry pier. Getting off the ferry, head toward town and dip round the library on your left hand side. Carry on walking and this will also bring you, having passed through the one street village, to a bay with a small beach and a pavillion overlooking HK Island.

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    Sok Kwu Wan to Yueng Shue Wan

    by leffe3 Written Jul 12, 2007
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    Having done the Sok Kwu Wan circualr walk, the amble to Yueng Shue Wan is something of a doddle in comparison (although if you combine the two... :)) and it takes just over an hour. From SKW itself, the first 15 minutes or so are along the shoreline of the little bay, with glimpses back towards the town (looking back gives you the best views because the cement works are now behind you ahead of the walk). It's also a fairly shady walk and whilst undulating, hardly taxing (concrete walkway all the way). There a couple of pleasant if not overinspiring beaches (Lo So Shing and and Hung Shing Yeh, both with services and shark nets. HSY, closer to Yueng Shue Wan is the busier of the two. The problem with walking in this direction is that for most of the time you are walking with the huge power station in view - either partial or in full. But having said that, there are still some glorious views to take in - just remember to look back behind you :)

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    Sok Kwu Wan Circular Hike.

    by leffe3 Written Jul 9, 2007

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    The walk takes in the guts of the island, a couple of wonderful beaches and amazing views. The circular path is a cement walkway - other even more strenuous walks lead off from this (but are not cemented), including the path to the peak of Mount Stenhouse (353 metres). Without a beach stop, it will take 2 hours or so.

    Three tips. 1. Buy lots of water at Sok Kwu Wan before setting off. 2. As there is virtually no shade (other than at the eastern coastal part just outside SKW), take head covering. 3. Go anti clockwise! The start of the walk this way is the hardest bit - walk for 20 minutes uphill and then its virtually downhill from there on in (or at worst virtually on the flat). Doing it clockwise gives you 30 minutes of fairly easy flat walking and then, except for the very end, a lot of uphill... Having gone clockwise, I had the negative of all three :) I didn't take enough water (and virtually mugged a little old lady for a bottle - poetic license but... :)), I nearly had sunstroke after 2 hours + in a beating sun and I virtually crawled my way back to town - even downhill after so much uphill was painful!

    The walk will include Mo Tat Wan (20 minutes from SKW - if you go the 'wrong' way), a small beach and (infrequent) ferry stop to
    Aberdeen (clean beach but not so sure about the water), a cute banana plantation village, the beautiful Yueng Shue Ha beach (also known as Shek Pai Wan in some guides), a hard walk uphill where you are convinced you have ended up walking up to Mount Stenhouse, a breathing space at the top (and shade finally!) which isn't Stenhouse but feels like it is (and then some bugger built a viewing pavillion 48 steps further up. Of course you check it out - you'll only regret it when asked what you thought of the view. But then, feeling like a pilgrim at Santiago delle Campostella having reached it virtually on all fours, the view is totally crap!).

    But boy - those fish restaurants back at SKW.... And all those bottles of water. And shade.... :)

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    Sok Kwu Wan

    by leffe3 Written Jul 9, 2007

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    One of the two ferry destinations from Central (approximately 40 minutes), the fishing village of Sok Kwu Wan is to be found on the eastern seaboard of the island in its own little bay. On the opposite side of the bay is the rather ugly quarry and cement works, which does somewhat spoil any views from the restaurants and has impacted on the fishing industry in the bay - the slurry and run-off polluting the water. The village is little more than a single pedestrianised 'street' - one side the outdoor dining area of the restaurants lining the other side. They are reputed to be much better than those to be found in Yung Shue Wan. Other than lunch, the main reason for coming here is that its the start (or end) of the fairly easy walk to Yung Shue Wan - thus many start at one ferry stop and walk to the other (about 1.5 hours in total, allowing for stops). But it is also the start and end of a wonderful if strenuous circular walk into the guts of the island. (see seperate tip)

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    Lamma Island

    by leffe3 Written Jul 9, 2007

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    Lamma island is the closest island to Hong Kong, with Aberdeen only approximately 3kms away and a 30 minute ferry ride from Central. It's a popular destination for day-trippers - both local and international - as a result, with two destinations from the Outlying Islands Ferry terminal - the more popular Yung Shue Wan, a bustling little place full of cafes, bars, seafood restaurants in the north west of the island, or Sok Kwu Wan (referred to as the 'fishing village') which is approximately half way down the eastern side of the island. Sok Kwu Wan is little more than a single covered pedestrian walkway full of seafood restaurants of varying size and expense. In addition to the two ferry destinations, there are a number of walking pathways into the interior which give fabulous views across the bays and islands. There ae two eyesores on the island - the enormous power station behind Yung Shue Wan and the cement/quarry works across the bay from Sok Kwu Wan. But its a great place for the day - especially if you want to undertake some quite serious hiking (paths lead up to the Mount Stenhouse Peak (353 metres). There are also a number of beaches on the island - a hike and then the beach with lunch at one of the seafood restaurants a perfect way to spend the day.

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    Take a Junk boat to Lamma Island

    by chodearm Written Jan 15, 2007

    Our Hong Kong connect wanted to take us for a hike on one of the Hong Kong outer islands. Took a taxi down to the port and hired a Junk Boat that putted along for 100HK. Took way longer than it should have to cross the harbor. Waves and wakes rocked the balace into wack and the motorman kept making us move around to shift the weight. Shipping tankers were pulling through and we made the pass between. For the ride back we are going to hire a speed boat, it would've been quicker to swim across, even wthout legs or arms.

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    Take a Junk boat to Lamma Island

    by chodearm Written Jan 15, 2007

    Our Hong Kong connect wanted to take us for a hike on one of the Hong Kong outer islands. Took a taxi down to the port and hired a Junk Boat that putted along for 100HK. Took way longer than it should have to cross the harbor. Waves and wakes rocked the balace into wack and the motorman kept making us move around to shift the weight. Shipping tankers were pulling through and we made the pass between. For the ride back we are going to hire a speed boat, it would've been quicker to swim across, even wthout legs or arms.

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    Take a Junk boat to Lamma Island

    by chodearm Written Jan 15, 2007
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    Our Hong Kong connect wanted to take us for a hike on one of the Hong Kong outer islands. Took a taxi down to the port and hired a Junk Boat that putted along for 100HK. Took way longer than it should have to cross the harbor. Waves and wakes rocked the balace into wack and the motorman kept making us move around to shift the weight. Shipping tankers were pulling through and we made the pass between. For the ride back we are going to hire a speed boat, it would've been quicker to swim across, even wthout legs or arms.

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    Lamma Island

    by pamychan Updated Dec 22, 2006

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    From the many TVB dramas, Lamma Island has always been famous for their many seafood restaurants. Other than that, there are actually also many things to see and do on lamma island.

    there are 2 ferries leaving for lamma island coz the island has 2 jetties. when we were there, we just took the first ferry leaving the central ferry station.

    have a map in hand coz the fun part abt this island is the trekking! the 2 jetties are almost at the 2 ends of the island so most ppl will choose to just walk from one end to another. the starting parts of the walk u'll just pass through many houses, small shops etc.. on the way u'll also pass by a temple. (i think its a tin hau temple if i remember correctly). If u start from the yung shue wan jetty and follow the signs correctly, you will pass by this small makeshift stall selling beancurd. The beancurd is seriously good. Go for the cold one. Its so smooth and refreshing. And the thick sugar syrup has a distinctive ginger taste. The tiny stall has benches for you to sit and enjoy the dessert. apparently its quite a famous stall as we saw many newspaper articles featuring it. After the dessert, walk further on and u'll reach the beach. if you are visiting in summer, take a dip in the crystal clear waters at the beach! there's a small hotel there i think but its only open in the summer. after the beach, take a hike up the hill. whoa! the views are amazing. theres an irritating power station interferring with ur view but other than that, its totally blue skies, fresh air, green grass... a wonderful break from all the shopping and eating in hong kong city area itself.

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    Abadonment in Lamma Island

    by chodearm Updated Dec 4, 2006
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    There are few paths that will converge just behind the Bay restaurant. Follow through and it will pass you through a village that is wreaking of abandnment. Each building looks like it aged quickly like a 40 yr chainsmoker. They were dishevled and overgrown, but peaceful and centuries behind what was brewing on HK Island where we just came from. The pace was different, the ground was asphaltless and the sound was bugs and birds rather than beeps and traffic.

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    Great Seafood

    by Flyboy9MR Written Sep 18, 2006

    Lamma Island is off the south side of Hong Kong island. It's a little "fishing village" type place, with lots of hiking trails and little points of interest. Where you dock in the bay is a series of fresh seafood open air restaurants. We didn't go do the hiking trips, but they looked somewhat interesting. Food at Rainbow is pretty good... VERY fresh. Try the salt-pepper prawns! That was the best dish we had. We saw fishermen coming and going in their little boats, so I'm sure the seafood is fresh from the sea.

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    Lamma Island

    by p_yenyen Updated Jun 17, 2006

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    me in Lamma Island

    HK third largest island is ideal for families with its splendid beaches, green mountains for walking and villages. Yung Shue Wan village has restaurants with chinese cuisines along with little shops selling handicrafts. Its Tin Hau Temple has an ancient skeleton of a whale. Also have fine bathing beaches and popular alfresco seafood restaurants.

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    Don't miss Lamma Island . . .

    by Karin1S Written Mar 13, 2006

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    Take the ferry boat from Hongkong Central to Lamma Island and escape for a day from the city . . . enjoy the nature and the restaurants . . . take the short walk from one to the other port at that island . . .

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