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22 Sep 2022

A Neighbourhood Guide to Lamma Island: What to Do, See, and Eat

Although Hong Kong is famous for its skyscrapers and busy streets there are over 250 islands that can offer a unique escape from city life. Former Lamma Island resident, Chatteris’ own Yurie Heard, gives her guide to Yung Shue Wan, her favourite neighborhood on Lamma Island.

Lamma Island is home to beautiful views | Image by Yurie Heard

The perfect weekend getaway, Lamma Island is one of my favourite places in Hong Kong – although as a former Lamma resident, I may be a bit biased. Even though it’s located only 25 minutes away from the heart of the city, Lamma offers a taste of the relaxing island life. The third largest island in Hong Kong, Lamma has many villages to explore, but in this article we will be taking a look at things to do in Yung Shue Wan. 

Yung Shue Wan, home to approximately 6,000 people, is the largest village on the island. The main street is lined with restaurants serving local and international cuisine, cute shops, and bars. It offers car-free hustle and bustle and gorgeous sea views. 

How to get to Lamma Island 

Lamma is easily accessible via ferry. There are two options for getting to Yung Shue Wan: 

  • From Central (20 minutes) 
    • The ferry to Yung Shue Wan departs from Central Pier 4. Make sure to take the correct ferry as there is a Sok Kwu Wan ferry as well. 
    • Ferry schedule link 
  • From Aberdeen (35 minutes) 
    • Go to the Aberdeen Pier and find the sign for Pak Kok Tsuen and Yung Shue Wan departure. This ferry stops twice with Yung Shue Wan being the last stop.
    • Ferry schedule link 

Things to Do 

Beaches 

  • Power Station Beach (PSB) 
    • As its name suggests, this beach is located right beside the infamous Power Station. It is frequented by Lammaites and their dogs (opt for Hung Shing Ye beach if you’re afraid of dogs as they are usually romping about off leash at PSB!). 
Power Station Beach is a great spot to relax | Image by Yurie Heard
  • Hung Shing Ye Beach
    • A 20 minute walk from the pier, this is one of Lamma’s public beaches, which means there are shower facilities. Although bigger than PSB, it is often crowded with visitors on weekends. There are great restaurants a stone’s throw away. 

Hiking 

  • Hong Kong Greenhouse Trail 
    • This is an easy hike I walked daily with my dog. You get to walk through many villages and beaches. Unlike the Family Trail, it tends to be sparsely populated with other visitors. 
    • Here’s a link that has more details about the trail!

Shopping

  • Lamma Brand (No.75 Yung Shue Wan Main Street Lamma Island) 
    • This shop specialises in locally designed and manufactured street-wear! You have to pop by and pick up a souvenir for yourself, family, and friends.   

What to eat:

  • Dale Candela 
    • A Spanish restaurant famous for its tapas and cocktails. My favourite things to order are the patatas bravas, chicken skewers with Moroccan couscous, and fish tacos. 
  • Spicy Island 
    • My favourite Indian restaurant on Lamma. Visiting Lamma on the weekdays? Try out their perfectly portioned lunch set for only $80!
  • Sampan Seafood 
    • A great option for Sunday morning dim sum with a great sea view! 

For more neighbourhood recommendations, check out these guides to Sai Kung and Sai Ying Pun, created by Chatteris Tutors.

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