People going to Lamma Island from Central have the option of taking a ferry either to Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan from Pier No. 4.
Yung Shue Wan, situated in the north of the island, is close to popular tourist spots like Hung Shing Yeh beach as well the wind farm Lamma Winds.
On a trip to the island, I opted for Sok Kwu Wan, which has a relatively quieter bay.
During colonial times, it used to be referred to as “Picnic Bay”. After being popular with British picnickers in the past, the place is now well-known for its seafood and drinks outlets.
On the right to the pier is a souvenir shop and opposite to it is a series of traditional stilt houses where diners can enjoy locally renowned dishes like steamed razor clams with garlic and typhoon-shelter crabs.
Walking in the street, a visitor would find himself enveloped in an aroma of coffee and cakes, as cafés are everywhere. It was a bit like the area near Stanley Market.
What impressed me the most was a small beer store, where the owner offered a fascinating collection: foamy lager from Germany, apple cider from Somerset, England, and beers with floral characters from France.
After fine wining and dining, it would be perfect to go up to Ling Kok Shan (菱角山).
With an altitude of 250 meters, Ling Kok Shan is almost the highest point on Lamma Island, from where visitors can have views of Stanley, Aberdeen and Ocean Park on Hong Kong Island.
Though the route to the hilltop was not long, it was quite steep. The concrete flight of stairs can be tiring, but one can find some cheer as there are adorable butterflies, including common grass yellow butterflies, lesser mime butterflies and painted lady butterflies, along the route.
Personally, I feel the trek would be even more pleasant if there are fewer man-made structures in sight.
But that may be asking for too much, given that the island has been heavily commercialized as a holiday resort, transforming it from the quiet fishing village that it used to be.
To go to / return from Lamma Island: Take ferry from/to Central Ferry Pier No.4 to/from Sok Kwu Wan.
Time: About 3 hours
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Dec. 4, 2014.
Translation by Darlie Yiu with additional reporting
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