Hong Kong Day Trips
Probably the most popular of all the outlying islands, Lamma is a go-to destination for Hong Kongers and tourists alike.
For me, Lamma has three big draw cards:
- The village in Yung Shue Wan – a bustling little mix of restaurants, clothing boutiques and trinket shops
- The hiking trail that connects Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan (the perfect way to burn a few cals before tucking into a plate of salt & pepper squid)
- The seafood strip in Sok Kwu Wan – my restaurant of choice is the (no connection to the Hilton hotel chain!), located at the end of the strip furthest away from the ferry pier
On a recent jaunt to Lamma, I happened to have a successful nosey around an awesome little boutique near Sok Kwu Wan called . Bursting at the seams with an eclectic array of vintage and handmade jewellery, accessories, clothes and ornaments, Loso Shop is definitely worth a scope – and chances are you’ll leave with at least something small and sparkly.
Getting there: From Central, Pier 4, Central Ferry (20-30 minutes to Yung Shue Wan, 25 minutes to Sok Kwu Wan). From Aberdeen, ferry from the pier near the Jumbo Floating Restaurant (30 minutes to Sok Kwu Wan).
A swift 35-minute (or so) ferry ride from Central is Cheung Chau – a cool little island packed with places to eat, things to see and stuff to do. With clean sea air to take in, no cars to dodge or blurring taxi horns to talk over, a visit to Cheung Chau is sure to help clear your head and recharge your batteries.
If you feel like getting physical, the island is small enough to cover on foot and has a few really nice paths and trails. If walking doesn’t spin your wheels, you can hire a bike from one of the many rental stores sprinkled along the waterfront near the ferry terminal. The standard rental rate is about $10 per hour (cheaper than an ice cream)!
While here, be sure to check out the Pak Tai Temple. Built in 1783, it’s one of the most colourful, well-preserved temples I’ve come across in Hong Kong. It also plays host to the famous held in spring each year.
If you’re keen to cool off at some stage, Tung Wan is a nice swimming beach but be warned – it can get very very crowded so take a towel to mark your spot on the sand! Round the day off with a cold bevvie and bite to eat at one of the seafood restaurants located along the harbour and you’ll be away laughing!
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