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Lamma Island is a great get-away from busy Hong Kong

Lamma Island
Lamma Island

Going to Lamma Island for a fish dinner is one of the traditions my Seattle born daughter-in-law remembers from her growing up years visiting her extended family in Hong Kong. Lucky us. We have been able to participate in this Lee family activity, making it our own tradition.

It’s a wonderful getaway and contrast to the high energy big city buzz of Kowloon or Central.

We think of Hong Kong as a big sprawling city but actually it is an archipelago with 260 islands in the group.

Lamma Island, the second or third largest in the group depending upon which guide book one reads, was an isolated fishing village until World War II. In the 1980s and 1990s, it drew hippie Ex-pats and New Agers. It’s a grassy, hilly undeveloped place where about 6, 000 people live now who value the peace and quiet.

Lamma Island
Lamma Island

On weekends it tends to attract a lot of day tripper tourists.

To get to Lamma Island, we took a 30 minute ride on public ferry to one side of the island, getting off at the small resort village and home to the fishing industry.

Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island

We meandered through a small village and headed off on a three mile hike over a hill to the other side, stopping by a beach, a small temple and looking out at the fish farms and power plant. Eventually we ended up where we would meet up with more family members for dinner at their favorite Rainbow Seafood.

Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Fish Farm in foreground on Lamma Island

 

Lamma Island hike
Lamma Island hike
Lamma Island hike
Power Plant that provides all the power for Hong Kong Island
Lamma Island hike
Lamma Island hike
Lamma Island hike
Stopping at the Beach on Lamma Island
Temple on Lamma Island
Temple on Lamma Island

We sat on a terrace where we could watch the boats come in and out. After wards the restaurant ferry took us back to the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

Hope you enjoy my  visual representation of this adventure. My favorite photo ops were seafood tanks and the small boats in the harbors.

Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Lamma Island

This stopped me in my tracks.  I wonder if it is left over from the Hippie days on Lamma Island? I suspect there’s a story behind this pig painting.

Lamma Island
Lamma Island

 

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.

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