Tuesday, May 14, 2013

~ Hong Kong 2012 - Day 6 (Part 3) Lamma Island ~

1:50pm - We were halfway through the hiking trail. Denver & Gladys had done a great job following us through ever since we started our walk in the morning.

It was a hot day and the slopes were steep. We have to replenish our body with water constantly to avoid getting dehydrated. 

Our reward for the workout- Magnificent scenic view of the mountains and Lamma island along the walking trail.  

2:15pm - Spotted another pavilion. Denver & Gladys making their way down to rest.

Hill Top Pavilion - Best viewing spot on the island.

"Hi" !!

View of Sok Kwu Wan from afar.

The trail from here gets easier as most of the slopes were heading downwards. The hardest journey is finally over. :)
Heading towards Sok Kwu Wan town.

We were at the lowlands. :)

"Kamikaze Grottos" (神风洞) - Looked very eerie and it was so dark that we only dare to see it from afar. The paint of the wordings engraved on the plate has mostly gone off but here's whats written on it.

"Along the coast of Sok Kwu Wan, there are several grottos about 10 metres wide and several tens of metres deep. They are named by the locals as Kamikaze Grottos. It is said that during Second World War, the Japanese army took Lo So Shing as a naval port and thousands of soldiers were stationed there. The Japanese had a plan to hide some speedboats in the grottos, which would launch a suicidal attack on teh Allies' warships if they passed  by. But the war ended before the work had been completed"

3pm - We were totally famished by now. Many hours of walk and its way past our lunch hours! There are so many seafood restaurants in Sok Kwu Wan and we were spoil with choices. We heard that Rainbow Seafood Restaurant is very renowned and popular here but we decided to dine at Tai Yuen Shark's Fin Seafood Restaurant instead.

We ordered the set lunch for 3 at HKD258 (~SGD43). Here's what we got: shrimp, scallops, clams, fried calamari, 3 bowls of rice, choice of soft drink/beer and a serving of fruits. Ordered an additional bowl of rice for Gladys and it was a filling and satisfactory lunch.

The string of seafood restaurants along Sok Kwu Wan. Diners can enjoy the view as they indulge in their meal.

4pm - Sok Kwu Wan Pier - Our boat ride back to Hong Kong Island.

*The schedule of the rides is listed and it is advisable to check out the timings first. If we missed the 4:05pm ferry, we would have to wait for another 1 hour plus before the next ferry arrives. 

Although tiring, it has been a rewarding 5 hours experience taking on the family trail around Lamma Island. Initially I was a bit worried that our children will have difficulties completing the trail but they proved me wrong. Our very first outlying island trip in Hong Kong was full of surprises and we love to come back again and explore other islands when we are planning for our next trip. 

Tai Yuen Shark's Fin Seafood Restaurant (泰苑魚翅海鮮酒家)
Address: 15 First Street, Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong


Miso said...

Kudos to your kids for completing the hiking trail! It was indeed very tiring. I went last year with my hubby too, we love to explore outlying islands instead of spending the whole time in HK shopping.

Phoebe said...

Hi Miso,

I enjoyed reading your blog post :) Lovely photos. It was pretty tiring for our kids but we made it. :D Love to be back and explore the other islands too. Do share your experiences at the other outlying island!

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