Family Trails in Hong Kong are the easy walk suitable for families with fewer steps up and down the hill. The highest point of the Lamma Island Family Trail is about 100 meters above sea level, starting from one ferry pier and finishing on the other. The two main ferry piers on Lamma Island are Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. Depending on your plan and preference, you can start from either side and the climb is about the same. The hike about 1.5 hours.
Yung Shue Wan, the East Meets West
The name Yung Shue Wan means “Banyan Trees Bay” in Chinese. Apparently there were abundant of banyan trees in the area hence the name. As the ferry approaches the pier, you will see the iconic incinerators which is the power plant built in 1982.
The main street of Yung Shue Wan is the busiest area of Lamma Island. It is lined with local shops selling toys and grocery, hippy style giftships, western cafes, bars and restaurants. You may also find some organic food stores and a vegetarian restaurant there. The infusion of western elements has made this relaxing fishing village more charming. As you walk along the street, all those snacks, cakes, coffee shops look very tempting.
Beaches, Views and Local Tastes
There are three beaches on Lamma Island. Hung Shing Ye beach is a bigger and more popular one with cafes and local food eateries in the neighborhood. It is about 30 minutes walk from Yue Shue Wan ferry pier. Before you get there, you will walk pass a popular tofu food stall where many local visitors will stop by for a quick taste. For some reasons, tofu pudding has been a popular and common filing dessert in rural areas in Hong Kong.
Lamma Winds, Tin Hau Temples and Kamikaze Cave
Lamma Winds is a detour of the trail. You will have to take a pretty steep hike for about 20 minutes to get there. The lone wind turbine at the top is a green project of Hong Kong Electric. If you go up Lamma Winds, you will have to return to the path and continue the family trail. The family trail is a pleasant walk with nice scenery. As you reach Sok Kwu Wan, there is a century old Tin Hau Temple by the waterfront. It is one of the 3 Tin Hau Temples on Lamma Island.
Kamikaze Caves are some of the unique historic sites on Lamma Island. The grottos, measuring 10m wide and several tens of meters deep, were built by the Japanese forces to hide the speedboats with a plan to launch suicidal attack against Allied warship. However, the war ended before these caves were completed.
Sok Kwu Wan
Sok Kwu Wan retained a more traditional fishing village look. The main street is lined with seafood restaurants showcasing tanks of various fish and seafood which you may order and cook fresh on the spot. Besides, there is a tourist attraction called Lamma Fisherfolks Village that showcases fisherfolk living in the old days and you may try your hands on making salted fish, rope and no hook fishing game. You may book online for a simple visit, workshop or a meal course.
There are regular scheduled ferry from Central Pier No.4 to Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. Ferries to/from Yung Shue Wan is every half hour and Sok Kwu Wan is about every hour. Please check the ferry schedule here.