In all this while in Hong Kong, I had never been to the other side of Lamma Island. By the other side, I am talking about Yung Shue Wan, the more popular and more populated part of Lamma Island. My trips to Lamma have always been to Rainbows Seafood Restaurant which is on the Sok Kwu Wan side. Until now.
On a sunny afternoon, we decided to spend it at Yung Shue Wan, visit its beaches and grab some delicious seafood.
Getting To Yung Shue Wan
Getting to Yung Shue Wan is pretty straightforward. Catch the HKKF ferry from Central Pier #4. The ferry runs frequently and till quite late at night, and takes less than 30 minutes to get you to your destination. Once you get off at Yung Shue Wan, you’re already on the main street. Walk down the street to take your pick of restaurants and cafes.
Restaurants in Yung Shue Wan
There are plenty of restaurants in Yung Shue Wan. Unfortunately, all the local seafood joints next to the pier have terrible reviews. In fact, the reviews have kept us away from ever eating at any of those restaurants.
However, there are some really amazing cafes and restaurants along the main street. From Lamma Grill, B&B Cafe and more. Our favourite restaurant, Andy’s Seafood, recently shutdown.
Green Cottage is a fabulous cafe to grab some dessert and coffee after lunch. Try their ice-drip coffee, if it’s available. Apparently, each machine takes 6-8 hours to produce a single cup of coffee. Very exclusive!
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There’s nothing better than a strong cup of ice-drip coffee to wake you up on a lazy, sunny, Sunday afternoon.
Although we didn’t go there, but the Bookworm Cafe comes highly recommended. This vegan cafe is known not just for it’s food, but also its cozy ambiance in which customers are surrounded by books piled up wall-high.
Hung Shing Ye Beach, Lamma Island
The beaches on Yung Shue Wan are a bit of a walk from the main street (about 20-30 minutes depending on walking speed and distractions) and through the wilderness of Lamma. Other than the beautiful butterflies on the island, we saw way too many giant spiders!
If you enjoy hiking, keep walking down the Lamma Island Family Hike all the way to Sok Kwu Wan.
Anyway, back to the beach. To be honest, the beach is very pretty and surrounded by hills on all sides except for one which overlooks the chimneys of the Lamma Power Station. But to me, that gave it a very industrial feel. I can’t decide if it’s good, bad or unique.
Hung Shing Ye Beach is very commercial and gets a decent sized crowd over the weekend and holidays. In fact, there’s a resort right on the beach called Concerto Inn. Sitting in the patio of the resort we didn’t feel like we were still in Hong Kong.
A Coal Power Plant vs. A Windmill
My favourite part about the island was the contrast in the two visible structures that generate electricity – a coal & gas power plant, and a giant windmill. Unfortunately, we didn’t climb up to the wind turbine, but I did get a glimpse of it from my aerial photos.
Hope this write up was helpful. As a thank you for getting this far, enjoy this aerial video montage over Lamma Island.
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