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April 10, 2011

Lamma Island Views

I’ve mentioned before that a day trip to Lamma Island is one of my favourite things about living in Hong Kong. A half hour ferry ride from the Central Ferry Pier and you are on a very hippie-ish Island that feels a long way from the rat-race and hyper-consumerism. Unfortunately, Friday wasn’t the best of […]

Hong Kong Haze

I’ve mentioned before that a day trip to Lamma Island is one of my favourite things about living in Hong Kong. A half hour ferry ride from the Central Ferry Pier and you are on a very hippie-ish Island that feels a long way from the rat-race and hyper-consumerism.

Lamma Island Ferry Pier

Unfortunately, Friday wasn’t the best of days, with a heavy smog hanging over the island. The local bureau of meteorology likes to call this a haze. I’ll admit that I only studied geography up to first year university, but I don’t recall any mention of brown haze, mist or fog.

Lamma Island Fire Truck

Lamma is a quirky mostly car-less island, which means you get great oddities, like this vehicle, which is actually one of the town firetrucks. In fact, everywhere you look there are great opportunities for photos – especially if you want to stretch out with ideas for black and white,

Lamma Waters

or even HDR (High Dynamic Range).

Lamma Island HDR

People often say that Lamma is a great place to connect with nature (or some such sentiment). I’ve always found that something of an odd idea, because a huge coal-fired power station towers over the island. In fact, the power station dwarfs the most popular beach there, creating some rather ironic vistas.

Lamma Island Beach

Though, to be fair, it is pleasant beach in its own way – maybe not picture card perfect, but kind of quaint.
Lamma Beach

Responses
C... 10 years ago

Is the guy on the float with the umbrella like a lifeguard or is he selling something?

Gregoire 10 years ago

Ah! I love the picture with the lifeguard. Just like you said, it’s so odd that a hippie/green/pseudo-alternative community has developed around a coal power plant 🙂 But still, I love the island very much…

    Fernando Gros 10 years ago

    Gregoire, thanks for the comment. I do wonder if the irony and contradiction of Lamma is integral to its charm. I’ve certainly spent some of my most enjoyable and memorable Hong Kong days there.

jisampedro 10 years ago

That reminds me that it has been a while since the last time I was in Lamma but those I have gone, always enjoy the peaceful environment, some food and getting away from the busy HK. A must to go if you are visiting around.

    Fernando Gros 10 years ago

    Javier – I went to Lamma a lot in my first two years here, then didn’t visit for a long while. I guess it’s like that when you live in a place. But, it’s always good to get out and re-explore.

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