08 December 2010

Lamma Island

Hong Kong

It turns out that there is hiking in Hong Kong, which is a bit more than a city of skyscrapers. I went out to Lamma Island, which is served by two public ferries and has a (paved) trail from one port to the other plus a few other routes. When I got to the ferry terminal, both were leaving within 5 minutes of each other, so I got on the one that came less frequently which came a little later although it was supposed to be earlier. Soon enough, I was on the island at Sok Kwu Wan. There's sea food restaurants along the path into the community as well as a public bathroom (including a western style stall and pictures on the doors to indicate which one) and a temple and ...

the harbor
The harbor at Sok Kwu Wan.

the harbor looking out of the bay
Looking out of the bay back to the skyscrapers.

tanks of live shellfish for eating
Crabs and lobsters and things available for lunch.

temple and shrine
A temple just into the village.

It was around lunch as I arrived, so the restaurants had people out trying to pull the new arrivals in. The seafood on offer could be found in tanks outside while passing by. I passed it by and came to a temple and a helpful sign showing the local walking routes. Signs generally contain English, so it's really very easy to navigate. I chose to head up the hill toward another temple before starting to cross the island.

steps up the hill from the village
Cement steps heading up the hill.

graveyard in the trees on the hillside
Coming up the hill, there is a graveyard along the side of the path.

thick greenery
Lush greenery along the route.

Coming to the top of the hill, the view opens up with shorter vegetation on the south side of the slope. Rocks are exposed here and there and the ocean extends beyond.

pointing out the way
Signs to show the way at the intersection of trails.

the islands
Islands and boats and city.

many big boats in the water
That looks like a lot of shipping out there.

fancy roof on a picnic table
Picnic areas are provided here and there, rather elaborately roofed.

some rather nice white flowers
A nice flowering bush on the island.

funky green fruit
I wonder how this thing tastes.

I didn't have enough time to go around the south of the island. I really should have. And although the maps provided here and there were nice, it would have been nice to have my own in hand since some weren't so good. Anyway, I had to turn back to continue along across the island.

an abandoned house
An apparently abandoned house near the town along the path. A name had been painted on the gate but was painted over.

cranes in the creek
Coming back into the village, cranes could be found in the creek.

restaurants and such at the port
Oh, yes, and this is how the port looks.

After walking through town, I started crossing to the other harbor. The trail curves around the bay a little thing proceeds past a couple caves. There aren't natural caves, though, these were dug by Japanese soldiers during WWII.

kamikaze cave
Tunnel dug by Japanese soldiers during WWII.

The trail heads inland via a couple different routes that eventually come to the same place. It passes by a few houses and gardens before climbing to go along somewhat the ridge of the island.

banana flower
Some bananas in a garden.

a rather large butterfly
I found a rather large butterfly in a garden as well.

overlooking the harbor
The harbor, with ferries coming and going.

a little cove with a bit of beach
I found a small cove that might be nice.

a hillside full of buildings
A spot full of people.

The path crossing the island is very gentle and has a number of short side paths. I took a few gaining views of rocky coastline and small beaches and the big ships on the horizon. I didn't have time to take one long excursion I wanted to in the direction of a few modern windmills. Soon I came in sight of the Lamma power station and Yung Shue Wan. I walked around the village which has a number of shops, a large beach, an organic garden, and the port.

too many rules
It is a nice beach with plenty of sand and some nice rocks on the side but far too many rules. Maybe they are needed in the summer, but I think there's enough space for kite flying and football games today.

The only organic herb garden in Hong Kong according to the sign (only in English) and open every day.

fishermen and commercial boats in the background
A couple fishermen on the rocks and the commercial harbor in the distance.

small boats harbor
Probably also commercial boats at Yung Shue Wan, but on a much smaller scale in the harbor here. One of the wind mills in the background.

And after looking around, I climbed onto the ferry for an easy ride back to the city.

boats in the ocean
Ocean and islands and mainland and lots of boating from the pier at Yung Shue Wan.

©2010,2012 Valerie Norton
Posted 12 March 2012
Updated 13 March 2012

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