When most people think of Hong Kong they picture tall skyscrapers, glittering malls, and busy streets. And yes Hong Kong has all that, but what you probably don’t picture is green mountains, quiet fishing villages and some of the best hikes around.
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I’m a huge fan of the outdoors and have done a lot of exploring in Hong Kong, to find the green spaces that rival some of the best in the world. I’m excited to share with you the next installment of my series with Hong Kong Tourism, all about the less explored side of the gorgeous city. One such place that’s definitely worth a visit is Lamma Island. A half hour ferry from the center of Hong Kong takes you a world away – a place of traditional villages, fishermen setting up in their boats for the day and a lush, verdant green landscape. A trip to Lamma Island is something you absolutely must put on your list, and to help you we’ve put together some ideas for a day on Lamma Island, walking from the southern village of Sok Kwu Wan to the main, northern village of Yung Shue Wan. Let’s get started!
A DAY ON LAMMA ISLAND
Catch the ferry from Central Pier 4 to Sok Kwu Wan. It’s the smaller of the two main villages on the island, and so the ferries only go every hour, but it’s worth starting your trip there so you can finish in the main village where ferries go more often. The ferries to the bigger village Yung Shue Wan also go from here too.
If you’re feeling parched, visit the small cha chaan teng located amongst the seafood restaurants on the promenade and have an iced tea. If it’s lunchtime you may want to stop at one of the seafood restaurants and have a feast, but if not keep walking as there are more places to eat on the other side of the island.
Walk It Begin the Family Trail, a 5km walk that winds its way through the middle of the island. The trail is well marked and paved so it’s not difficult, but bring water and comfortable shoes.
Life’s A Beach About 1km into the walk you will see signs for Lo So Hing Beach, a lovely little cove that’s worth taking a detour for a dip if it’s hot. Bring your swimmers if you plan to swim!
Hike it out Back on the trail, and you’ll find yourself covering the interior of the island, steadily climbing uphill until you reach the pagoda. After a while, you’ll start walking downhill and will stumble upon another lovely beach called Hung Shing Yeh Beach.
Go Organic If it’s the weekend, make sure to stop by the lovely organic farm Herboland, where they sell juices and organic produce and take a load off in their garden for a while.
Back on the trail, you’ll find King Hing Tofu Dessert, selling traditional Tofu Fa, a sweet tofu dessert made with creamy tofu and a subtle sweet caramel on top… Natalie recommended that I add copious amounts of caramel sugar so I did… It was delicious!
Once you’ve had your fill, continue along the Family Trail and you’ll find yourself descending into Yung Shue Wan. An island village where lots of people have moved to escape the hustle and bustle of the rest of Hong Kong. Here you’ll find hippy shops, vegetarian restaurants, and more seafood restaurants. For a yummy western vegetarian meal, we recommend the Bookworm cafe.
It Takes A Village Wander the quaint main street of Yung Shue Wan, visiting the produce and sauce stalls that have been here for many years. Stock up on some delicious chili sauce!
See-food If you’re keen to try some seafood, stop off at one of the waterside Seafood Restaurants, there are a couple right on the water overlooking the village on the way to the Ferry terminal. Stay for sunset if you can to see the lights of the village twinkle and pink skies. Finally, jump back on the ferry and head back into central, full of delicious food and in the happy knowledge that you walked 5km!