Whilst travelling on the tram to Central, I came to a decision on where to spend lunch and the afternoon before the races later that day. Where I am staying at the moment, the kitchen looks out onto Lamma Island. It’s almost our weather vane. If we can’t see it, it’s either because there’s a storm on the way, or it’s a poor pollution day. There are some days, after a thunderstorm, that the island is so clear. I’m at the halfway point in my contract (week 12) and I really only have about 6 more weeks in Hong Kong, or 6 more days left to explore, so I have to be brutal and start crossing off things on my list. Lamma Island is one of them.
So, I headed to Central Pier (4) to take the ferry to Yung Shue Wan, which is the most populated of the villages. Apparently with a “vast and eclectic range of inviting restaurants.” Just what I wanted.
I joined the small crowd of people waiting at the ferry port and we were pretty soon on our way. You can see from the mainland that Lamma has three coal chimneys along its skyline. Otherwise its all green and lush forests. The beaches are connected by pedestrian paths as there are no cars on here. It’s very chilled and laid back.
Yung Shue Wan means Banyan Tree Bay and is a small village with multi-coloured cafes, bars, veggie stalls and New Age shops. The ferry docked and we all trooped off as passing the people who were travelling to Central, and the bike park, which reminded me of Holland.
I wandered along the High Street getting a feel of the place and checking out the different restaurants and their menus. I fnally decided on The Waterfront mainly because of its view and also, hunger was winning.
A glass of wine, mussels and chunky chips and a lovely view, whilst listening to the quiet shuush of the sea as it lapped below.
It was exacly what I wanted. Time alone, with my book and my thoughts. Bliss…. I spent a couple of hours on the island. I tried to find Tin Hau Temple dating back from the 19th century, but didn’t succeed, even though there were plenty of signposts around. All in all, it was a lovely relaxing afternoon. I can quite see why people choose to live over here, away from the hecticness of Hong Kong. I almost felt like I was back in Cornwall. Almost.