Hong Kong districts

Island Hopping

Famed tofu maker at beachside hut Ah Por Tofu Fa, “Grandma Ching”, is a living example of Lamma Island’s tranquil pace of life: “Most of the time I’m just sitting here in the shade, chatting with customers after I’m done making the day’s two batches of tofu.”

When you imagine Hong Kong, chances are you’re conjuring up visions of gleaming skyscrapers, bustling walkways, modern malls or boats bobbing on the harbor. If so, you’re probably picturing Hong Kong Island—the city’s most famous landmass. ? The Islands District of Hong Kong is made up of more than 20 of these maritime parcels: outlying islands which vary in size, provide much of the city’s countryside, and which are—for the most part—quiet underpopulated enclaves.

Many of these islands developed from tranquil fishing and farming communities into fishing ports and market towns to support Hong Kong’s swelling maritime industry. Cheung Chau and Peng Chau slands are two such examples. Where fishing villages once dominated the coastlines, market towns, seafood restaurants and other such amenities soon popped up to feed the burgeoning economy. Lamma Island one of the most popular outlying islands—and for good reason. With two main villages at either end of the isle—Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan (linked by a family walking trail)—this island escape has a rural vibe and life moves at a slower pace: here generations of families run shops and cafes, and traditional arts and crafts are still being practiced in little corners. The island is also known as the birthplace of movie star Chow Yun Fat.

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