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.
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.
Around a 20-minute walk from Yung Shue Wan pier,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.
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 thewas built around 1876.
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.
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