Visiting Hong Kong's Outlaying Islands

Trip Start Mar 11, 2008
Trip End Mar 22, 2008

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Today I was able to have some down time before a meeting with a vendor.  I decided to visit one of the many outlaying islands that make up Hong Kong.  I choose Lamma Island based on the guide book.  The Ferry ride over took about 25 minutes.  There are Ferry's going all over the place.  The Harbor and all the activity is really as amazing as the city and the mountains.

Lamma Island is the complete opposite of Hong Kong.  It is like the rural countryside.  There are two villages on the island.  The first Sok Ku Wan is nothing more than a small fishing village.  There are about 25 buildings along the pier housing a myriad of seafood restaurants.  There are tanks of every type of sea creature imaginable, and the restaurant staff does all it can to woo you in the door.  The sites of all of these live creatures is quite remarkable.

I walked through as it was still mid morning.  I then proceeded to walk across most of the island to the larger village on the other side of the island; Yung Shue Wan.  It too was a site as it has no roads but rather small paths that teem with people and small four wheelers hauling sand, and fish.  The walk was about 3 miles.  It was very up and down.  It was amazing to thins how soldiers took these islands during WW II.  The Japanese used many of the islands as hideouts. 

The day was sunny, there was a slight breeze, and overall it was a very pleasant and relaxing day.  I had a nice lunch of fish and potatoes before heading back on the ferry to Hong Kong proper.

There definitely was a difference between the opulence and glitz of most of Hong Kong and the rural island living.  My pictures tell the tale.  One of the most interesting sights was the park and ride by the ferry terminal.  There were a couple thousand bikes on the pier.  Many people work in Hong Kong and commute to the more affordable rural islands.
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