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China: Hong Kong - Lamma

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A March 2001 trip to Hong Kong by kylebarber

Lamma Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: Getting away from the crowds in Hong Kong on the peaceful, timeless island named Lamma

China: Hong Kong - Lamma

Overview

Lamma Photo, Hong Kong, China
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A peaceful respite from the hubbub of Hong Kong and Kowloon, Lamma offers great hiking, access to ocean beaches, numerous plants and exotic birds, and the much sought after quiet, serene atmosphere. Though officially part of the city of Hong Kong, Lamma is truly worlds apart from the skyscrapers and throngs of shoppers. After a crazy few days in Hong Kong, it shouldn't come as a surprise how relaxing a walk across the island can be. Lamma was a definite highlight of my vacation to China.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: You'll need to take a ferry from Hong Kong Island's Star Ferry terminal to reach Lamma. Once there, you'll be do lots of walking, sometimes up and down steep h...Read More

Star Ferry

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Attraction | "Ferry Service"

Star Ferry Photo, Hong Kong, China
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To get to Lamma Island you'll need to catch one of the ferries departing from Hong Kong Island's Star Ferry terminal. The boats to Lamma and Lantau are a little further west along the pier than the ferries that simply head across the bay to Kowloon. Give yourself ample time to find the correct ship (gate 5) as it can be a little confusing with all the options available spread out before you.The ferry ride to Lamma was a pleasant trip lasting just over a half hour each way. The windows were thick and dirty, sometimes making it difficult to see the passing scenery. But since I made it on board just as the sun was coming up over Hong Kong Island I was treated to a bright warm orange sunrise on the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 1, 2001

Star Ferry
Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong and Kowloon
+852 2367 7065

Yung Shue Wan

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Attraction

Yung Shue Wan Photo, Hong Kong, China
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As the ferry pulled into the harbor of the Lamma village Yung Shue Wan, we were met by at least a hundred Western faces. I guess Lamma Island is quite popular with the expatriates, who commute from here to Hong Kong Island. The village of Yung Shue Wan is very cute, seemingly unchanged by time. While there are modern restaurants serving Western food and video rental stores, the village maintains a sleepy summer beach town atmosphere that I imagine would be relaxing to come home to after a long day in hectic Hong Kong.Just outside the main strip of Yung Shue Wan is a small temple, which is not that exciting but an interesting display of the sense of community that thrives across Lamma Island. Pe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 1, 2001

Yung Shue Wan
Yung Shue Wan
Hong Kong

Sok Kwu Wan

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Sok Kwu Wan Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Unlike the more heavily populated and buzzing Yung Shue Wan village, Sok Kwu Wan seems like a sleepy town that time forgot. That is until dinner time, when the various seafood restaurants situated along the harbor begin to actively compete for the tourists making their way through town. With only one road in Sok Kwu Wan, which conveniently passes between every restaurnt's dining area and kitchen, you can't help but get the hard sell when visiting this village. A little ways out of town is an old temple that dates back over 100 years. A few more yards and you'll begin the ascend towards the hills leading to Yung Shue Wan.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 2, 2001

Sok Kwu Wan
Sok Kwu Wan
Hong Kong

Lamma

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Attraction | "Hiking Trail"

Lamma Photo, Hong Kong, China
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While the small communities of Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan have charms of their own, the highlight of a visit to Lamma Island is the hiking trail that runs between the two. Other scenic routes are available to explore and enjoy, but this simple hour and a half journey is loaded with spectacular sights and pretty much covers what Lamma has to offer the day tripper.If you start out in Yung Shue Wan like I did you'll pass by a steep incline that leads to the back entrance of an enormous power plant. Though the pine tree lined road looks inviting, there is no scenic payoff at the top. Continue on to the nearby beaches, which all unfortunately feature views of said power plant. They also seem to b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2001

Lamma
Lamma Island
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543 (HK T