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Experience fishing villages, temples, beaches, cafes and bars on a Lamma Island hike

Experience fishing villages, temples, beaches, cafes and bars on a Lamma Island hike

Average hiking time: 1.5 hours | Distance: About 5 km | Difficulty: Easy

While it doesn’t offer the big-ticket attractions of Lantau, or the hustle and bustle of Cheung Chau, Lamma Island has its own gentle charms that make it well worth a trip.

 

Lamma has long been known as a laid-back place with a hipsterish vibe, though it still clings on to the traditional way of life associated with fishing villages on the outlying islands. You can feel the air of relaxation as soon as you alight from the ferry in Yung Shue Wan and begin the stroll down the narrow main street, passing a clutch of seafood restaurants, craft shops, bookstores and cafes.

 

It’s worth taking a slight detour to the Tin Hau temple while you’re in the village. This particular temple has an interesting feature that makes it stand out from the rest — a pair of Western-style lions guarding the entrance. This interesting East-meets-West anomaly came about when the temple’s original lions were damaged in 1960 and the mason hired to replace them happened to specialise in Western-style sculptures.

Sok Kwu Wan

Take the trail

Follow the path that takes you to the attractive Hung Shing Yeh Beach — only slightly marred by the huge power station to your right — before you begin the gentle ascent up the Lamma Island Family Trail that affords splendid views over the other outlying islands from the top.

 

The path takes you down to Sok Kwu Wan where you can see ample evidence of the village’s fishing traditions, including the fish farm rafts spread out across the bay. At the Lamma Fisherfolk’s Village you can explore the local fishing culture and find out more about the history of the fishing industry in Hong Kong.

 

There’s only one way to finish your day in Lamma and that’s to find an outdoor table at one of the many seafood restaurants and chow down on the freshest fish, prawns, squid and clams you will ever taste. It’s truly a treat for the senses.


Yung Shue Wan

Stop 1: Yung Shue Wan

Yung Shue Wan Main Street Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info  is the main residential area on Lamma Island, with a main street lined with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. Lamma has been home to an expat community for many years, making this traditional fishing village more diverse and vibrant than you might expect.

Hung Shing Yeh Beach

Stop 2: Hung Shing Yeh Beach

Around a 20-minute walk from Yung Shue Wan Pier, this white sandy beach Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info is the most popular beach on Lamma Island where you can enjoy the sun, sand and water with the convenience of changing facilities and restaurants.

See More…Lamma Winds
See More…Lamma Winds
Off the hiking trail, Lamma Winds is Hong Kong’s first wind turbine built to support the city’s development of renewable energy. It opens daily from 7am to 6pm and you can observe the wind speed and energy output from a real-time display.
Tin Hau Temple

Stop 3: Tin Hau Temple

There are scores of Tin Hau temples scattered across Hong Kong, dedicated to the Chinese goddess of the sea who is regarded as a powerful and benevolent force by seafaring folk. Given that Lamma was founded on fishing, it is no surprise to find no fewer than three Tin Hau temples on the island. The one near Sok Kwu Wan was originally built in 1826, while the Tin Hau Temple at Yung Shue Wan was built around 1876.

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REFUEL
There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops in Yung Shue Wan and along the route to Hung Shing Yeh Beach. You will see some local stalls selling drinks as you descend to Sok Kwu Wan.
Sok Kwu Wan

Stop 4: Sok Kwu Wan

This tiny village is still very much focused on fishing — and the produce that comes out of the nets. The string of seafood restaurants along the bay are revered by day-tripping Hongkongers for the freshness and taste of the food, served in classic Cantonese style. 

Trail photos provided by HK Discovery.

You can start the hike from either Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan, depending on your preference. Check the ferry schedules before you go.

Lamma Island

Getting to Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island:

  • Take a ferry from Central Pier No. 4 to Yung Shue Wan. It takes about 30 minutes.

Leaving from Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island:

  • Take a ferry from Sok Kwu Wan to Central or Aberdeen.
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