Lamma Island (南丫島) is a 20 minutes spectacular ferry trip away from Hong Kong Central pier, which in fact is a pretty hilarious and lucky thing, i can say! The place that made me start to change my overall feeling about Hong Kong as a whole. It is the second face of the city that i met first a few years ago (..and shortly made great and long lasting friendship with). Yes, if a metropolis has island and beach only half an hour reach from the downtown, that’s something that is better to be appreciated properly and better to be declared simply “A-some” 😉 ! Actually, these extended features made Hong Kong a really Rock N Roll place in my eyes..
An absolute contrast, we cannot expect other. It’s something like if they would have pulled Hawaii straight to the shores of San Francisco or NYC.. or Okinawa as a District of Tokyo.
Lamma has it’s own rhythm, rules and human subspecies (besides many other creatures..) In the first minute as we departed from the ferry at Yung Shue Wan village’s pier, the pace of life slowed down,.. no rush, no push. Chill! Take your time, take your steps. One step at a time.. About hundred people floating out from the ferry, marching slowly, just like when approaching the altar on the most important day.. 🙂
I spotted a group of people with hair length about more than 1 meter per each. They were marching gently, with fans, like someone who is absolutely timeless. Time is not a factor. Time is not in control. Time is to be controlled. I loved the idea and as not overtaking them, i had enough time to think about how and when to interrupt them with my tourist photo request.
It turned out they are incredibly relaxed and friendly people, after the photo session we had a great chat right on the spot for at least 20 minutes. Although (or because of? 😉 they kept staying somewhat mysterious, they managed to warm up my soul and mind about every single substance in and on Lamma Island! Living here for couple of years inevitably change the personality. It was obvious at the first moments. Feels like arriving to Hawaii, or Indonesia, whatever. But for heaven’s sake we are only 20 minutes from Hong Kong Central, Yo! Well, later i was thinking about whether it is possible to live on Lamma Island, wake up every morning with the Sunrise & coffee (or taking whatever unique Lamma-produced ‘steroids’ 🙂 then get on shirt and suit blazer and head towards the Central or Admiralty with the morning ferry, then take your seat at your cubicle in the stock market or let’s say property / advertisement company and rush through the whole day, then around 8, 10, 11 pm switch back from high- to low frequency and reach the shores of Lamma again welcomed by night stars and the symphony of the sea and the local insect orchestra all around the nearby forests and hills.. Probably. I should try. Hah, yeah for sure! 🙂
Waking up was successful, YO, so we are ready to explore the morning Lamma. First mission objective: Get to see the sunrise. Hurry up! Action. We are already in rush.. Rush in Lamma!? Hmm, then veeery long way to become a proper (King of Time) Lamma-ese.
Well, as we didnt manage to explicitly see the sunrise, we managed to get a deeper into the stomach of the island and village.
The Sun was faster than we expected. Since we had been sleepier than anyone else would expect that. So the Sun was up, but we just continued our expedition.
After a few minutes ( Lammaian few minutes = few hours at everywhere else 🙂 We started to get out of the residental area.
We found ourselves on a wide and ghosted road. For which kind of vehicles? Since there is no car on the island. (next time i might go for a special journey to find 1 piece of car hidden (totally illegally) somewhere in Lamma island. 🙂
After a 15 minute walk we reached the dead-end spot. Closed, CCTV monitored gate of the Power Plant.
Turn back, let’s see the next face of our good old Lamma!
Back on our way towards the opposite direction soon we passed by a residental development area.
According to Wikipedia: “Lamma has an estimated population of 6,050 people. However, with future developments such as a planned beach community in Sok Kwu Wan the population capacity is expected to double to 11,000 residents.”
So maybe it’s time to invest now, before its too late and Lamma becomes the next Hong Kong Island! 🙂
Back in the village we found several outdated, retired piece of ads, proving the good old fact that small islands tend to be legit time-capsules..
Leaving Lamma with a lot of unfolded corners, unanswered – however not only rhetorical – questions, un-trampled pathways and unseen sunrises, makes the place a must to commute back more times and investigate the area in-dept with all the possible senses and opened-mind. God Bless Lamma and it’s existence. Prepare to the next round La!