Yung Shue Wan at Lamma Island | 南丫島榕樹灣
Fishing Villages near Yung Shue Wan (Photo by Yip Ho Fai 一毫子)

Lamma Island, a.k.a. Pok Liu Chau, is the third largest island in Hong Kong. It got its Chinese name “南丫” (meaning Y at South) from its location at South and fork shape on the map. “Lamma” is just a colloquial pronunciation of its Chinese name “Nam ah”. Chow Yun-fat, the renowned Hong Kong actor, was born on this little island.

Video by Joseph Fung

Unlike the first (Hong Kong Island) and second largest island (Lantau Island) in Hong Kong, Lamma Island today is still a fishing village and full of outdoor adventure spots. People usually come here by ferry for a day trip and enjoy seafood. There are also a lot of apartments for rental for tourists who want to stay longer.

Stenhouse Shan Tei Tong at Lamma Island | 南丫島山地塘
Highest Hill at Lamma Island (Photo by Yip Ho Fai 一毫子)

For hikers, the south of Lamma Island has remained undeveloped and is full of adventures. Ling Kok Shan Hiking Trail is good for families to explore rustic old villages and pleasant coastal scenery. Mount Stenhouse, the highest hill on the island, has many sensational views of weird stones natural wonders.  It is suggested you follow a good tour guide to explore this area as there are no clear signposts on the way.

Doodle at Lamma Island | 南丫島塗鴉
Doodle on the wall (Photo by Yip Ho Fai 一毫子)

As the economy grew very fast in 1970s, many young islanders moved to Hong Kong Island to make a living. But today, as Lamma Island become a popular weekend resort for Hong Kong people, tourist businesses bring prosperity back the island again. Today, the tourist region on the island has been transformed into laid-back multicultural community with a blend of Western and Chinese island life.

Three Chimneys of Lamma Power Station | 南丫發電廠
3 Chimneys of Lamma Power Station (Photo by Yip Ho Fai 一毫子)

The three chimneys of Lamma Power Station can be seen from many hills in Hong Kong.



How to Get There:

Take regular ferry from Central Pier to Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan.



Chinese Translation:

Lamma Island: 南丫島
Chow Yun-fat: 周潤發
Lamma Power Station: 南丫發電廠
Ling Kok Shan: 菱角山
Mount Stenhouse or Shan Tei Tong: 山地塘
Yung Shue Wan: 榕樹灣
Sok Kwu Wan or Picnic Bay: 索罟灣

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In 2003, I moved to Hong Kong with a dream of traveling around the world. Later I found out, HK is an amazing “mini world”. Other than skyscrapers, a few steps outside the modern city, it has steep hills, winding coastlines, outlying islands, millions of years volcanic rocks, remote beaches, unspoilt fishing villages, secret waterfalls, wild animals and ancient forests. Follow me now to explore the Hong Kong less traveled.

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