Though not a total culture shock for Westerners due to its British colonial heritage, Hong Kong can at times be overwhelming, So, on a recent trip to Hong Kong hosted by Cathay Pacific Airways, Island Shangri-La, and the Hong Kong Tourism Board, I decided to venture out to discover a more quiet side of this bustling city. I chose a half-day trip to the island of Lamma – a hotspot for local movie stars and expats – for some hiking and swimming.
I set out from the Island Shangri-La, in the Central area of Hong Kong Island, to the ferry terminal, which is just a short walk from Hong Kong Central Station and the Central MTR subway stop.
I started my hike in the tiny fishing village of Sok Kwu Wan, which is served by a 30-minute ferry service from Pier 4 every hour or two. At 11am on a Thursday morning, we seemed to be the first people to arrive on this part of the island and the restaurants and shops along the waterfront were busy preparing for the first customers of the day. I walked through the shopping area towards a small beach and visited a local temple on the way. From the beach, a small path leads to Yung Shue Wan, the slightly bigger of the two villages on the island, which can only be reached by ferry and foot (there are no cars on the island).