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Encyclopedia > Lamma Island
Lamma Island
Traditional Chinese: 南丫島
Mandarin
Hanyu Pinyin: nán yā dǎo
Cantonese
Jyutping: Nam4 Nga1 Dou2
Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island
Lamma Island Power Station and Hung Shing Yeh beach
Lamma Island Power Station and Hung Shing Yeh beach

Lamma Island (Chinese: 南丫島), also known as Pok Liu Chau (博寮洲) or simply Pok Liu (博寮), is the third largest island in Hong Kong and part of the Islands District, Hong Kong. Traditional Chinese characters are one of two standard sets of printed Chinese characters. ... Standard Mandarin – also known as Standard Chinese or Standard spoken Chinese – is the official Chinese spoken language used by the Peoples Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and Singapore. ... Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), commonly called Pinyin, is the most common variant of Standard Mandarin romanization system in use. ... Standard Cantonese is a variant, and is generally considered the prestige dialect of Cantonese Chinese. ... Jyutping (sometimes spelled Jyutpin) is a romanization system for Standard Cantonese developed by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK) in 1993. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Sokkwuwan. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Sokkwuwan. ... Sok Kwu Wan (索罟灣) or Picnic Bay is a bay in the middle east coast of Lamma Island, Hong Kong. ... Hung Shing Ye Beach, Lamma Island, Hong Kong © Richard Gallagher. ... Hung Shing Ye Beach, Lamma Island, Hong Kong © Richard Gallagher. ... The Islands District (離島區) is one of the 18 districts of Hong Kong. ...

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Fishermen on the rocks of Hung Shing Yeh beach
Fishermen on the rocks of Hung Shing Yeh beach

Situated at the southwest of Hong Kong Island, it has a total area of 13.55 square kilometres and an estimated population of 6,000. There are regular ferry services to Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan from the Outlying Islands Ferry Pier No. 4 in Central on Hong Kong Island, as well as to Yung Shue Wan via Pak Kok, and to Sok Kwu Wan via Mo Tat Wan, from a pier in Aberdeen next to the fish market. It takes about 20 minutes by fast ferry, and 35 minutes by regular ferry, to get between Yung Shue Wan to Central. Lamma is, in contrast to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, peaceful and tranquil, with relatively natural scenery. Buildings higher than three storeys are prohibited and there are no roads and hence, no automobiles, but diminutive fire trucks and ambulances, as well as distinctive open-back vehicles to transport construction materials (imagine a driver's seat attached to a steering wheel sans roof or seat belts, pulling a rectangular box on wheels). The community's only transport means is by foot or bicycle. Lamma provides an alternative to the hectic life in the city. Property values and rental costs are also very cheap compared with those of central Hong Kong. Partly in consequence, there is a significant expatriate community on Lamma Island. The seclusion offered by the limited ferry schedule sees regular expatriate beach parties at night. It is also popular with younger people and a haven for artists, cartoonists and musicians. The different communities live together quite peacefully and successfully. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (828x575, 100 KB) Fishermen on the rocks of Hung Shing Yeh beach. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (828x575, 100 KB) Fishermen on the rocks of Hung Shing Yeh beach. ... The night view of the Island side as seen from the Kowloon side - the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Hong Kong Island (Traditional Chinese: 香港島; Simplified Chinese: 香港岛; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dou2; Mandarin Pinyin: XiānggÇŽngdÇŽo) is the island where the colonial settlement of the Hong Kong territory... The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, ca. ... The village of Yung Shue Wan from the ferry terminal. ... Sok Kwu Wan (索罟灣) or Picnic Bay is a bay in the middle east coast of Lamma Island, Hong Kong. ... The night view of the Central as viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui on the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Central (Chinese: 中環; Jyutping: zung1 waan4; Cantonese IPA: ; Pinyin: Zhōnghuán) is an area located in Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... Aberdeen gate in Hong Kong Aberdeen Harbour (香港仔) is a harbour at the south side of Hong Kong Island, located in the Southern District of Hong Kong. ... In modern day Hong Kong, Kowloon refers to the urban area made up of Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon, bordered by the Lei Yue Mun strait in the east, Mei Foo Sun Chuen and Stonecutters Island in the west, Tates Cairn and Lion Rock in the north, and...

Overlooking the fishing boats and restaurants at Sok Kwu Wan
Overlooking the fishing boats and restaurants at Sok Kwu Wan

Lamma was named after the shape of the island which looks like the limb of a tree, or the letter Y (corresponding to the Chinese character of "a"), and Namm (n is allophone of l) means "south". The name can also mean "Southern Peninsula Island". The northern village is called Yung Shue Wan (Banyan Tree Bay) and the eastern village Sok Kwu Wan. The southern part of Lamma Island has minimal population, with access limited by treacherous hiking or private boat. Sham Wan, an important breeding site for sea turtles, is located there. This bay is also the site of an important Bronze Age settlement which was unearthed by archaeologists in the 1970s. It yielded evidence of people living on Lamma during the "Middle Neolithic" phase (approximately 3800-3000 BC). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 195 KB) Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma Island, Hong Kong Photographer - en:User:VirtualSteve - took this photograph on December 25, 2005 and released it to the Public Domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 195 KB) Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma Island, Hong Kong Photographer - en:User:VirtualSteve - took this photograph on December 25, 2005 and released it to the Public Domain. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 漢字 / 汉字 Chinese character in Hanzi, Kanji, Hanja, Hán Tự. Red in Simplified Chinese. ... In phonetics, an allophone is one of several similar phones that belong to the same phoneme. ... Species Many; see text for examples Banyan (genus Ficus, subgenus Urostigma) is a subgenus of many species of tropical figs with an unusual growth habit. ... The Bronze Age is a period in a civilizations development when the most advanced metalworking has developed the techniques of smelting copper from natural outcroppings and alloys it to cast bronze. ... The Neolithic, (Greek neos=new, lithos=stone, or New Stone Age) is traditionally the last part of the stone age. ...


Mount Stenhouse is the tallest mountain in Lamma (353 metres above sea-level), situated between Sok Ku Wan and Sham Wan. Unusually shaped rocks can be found all over this mountain, making it well worth the gruelling hike.

example of a naturally formed rock found near the summit of Mt. Stenhouse
example of a naturally formed rock found near the summit of Mt. Stenhouse

In fact, Pok Liu is the original name of the island. The island shapes like two Y in opposite direction. The north Y is Pak A (北丫) and south Y is Nam A (南丫). When British first came to the island, it was mistakenly using the degenerated pronunciation of Nam A, i.e. Lamma as the name of the island. The Chinese names of East Lamma Channel and West Lamma Channel are still using Pok Liu is instead of Nam A. Image File history File links Mtstenhouse. ... Image File history File links Mtstenhouse. ... The East Lamma Channel (東博寮海峽) is a sea channel in Hong Kong. ... The West Lamma Channel (西博寮海峽) is a sea channel in Hong Kong. ...


Chow Yun-Fat, a well-known actor, grew up on the island in the village of Tung O in Yung Shue Wan. His family still operates a seafood/pigeon restaurant called "Shau Kee" in the main village. Chow Yun-Fat (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (born May 18, 1955 on Lamma Island, Hong Kong, China) is a Hong Kong actor. ... Yung Shue Ha from the Tung O Wan ferry pier. ...


Northern part

Hong Kong Electric's power station
Hong Kong Electric's power station

Yung Shue Wan (Banyan Bay) is the most populated area on Lamma Island. Several decades ago, it was the center of the plastics industry. The factories have now been replaced by seafood restaurants, pubs, grocery stores and shops which sell oriental and Indian-style handicrafts, environmentally friendly products, clothing, homewear and art. The area has become popular among young people and expatriates owing to the low rent and peaceful setting. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1968x1443, 312 KB) Lamma Island chimneys. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1968x1443, 312 KB) Lamma Island chimneys. ...


Hong Kong Electric's power station is located at a 0.5 km² site at Po Lo Tsui, to the immediate south of Yung Shue Wan. With its distinctive three tall chimney stacks, the power station is visible from the surrounding islands. Lamma Power Station is a modern coal burning plant and has supplied virtually all the power for Hong Kong Island, Ap Lei Chau and Lamma Island since 1990. Gas turbine has been added in 2005 to fulfill overall emission standards. Hongkong Electric (Traditional Chinese: 香港電燈; SEHK: 0006) is a vertically integrated electricity utility company in Hong Kong. ... Ap Lei Chau (鴨脷洲), or Aberdeen Island, is an island of Hong Kong, located south-west of Hong Kong Island, next to Aberdeen Harbour and Aberdeen Channel, with an area of 1. ...


A stone circle was discovered in the northern part of this island. Stone Circles are expected to be found in Hong Kong as Hong Kong is rich in Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts[1]. // Lo Ah Tsai Stone Circle was discovered in the northern part of Lamma Island by K M A Barnett, District Commissioner of the New Territories in 1956. ...


Eastern part

Walking the trail between Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan

The big street of Sok Kwu Wan consists mainly of seafood restaurants. Sok Kwu Wan has the largest fish farming site in Hong Kong. Tourists can barbecue and fish at Lo Shing Beach which is ten minutes' walk from the village. The trail between Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan, surrounded by grassland, offers a picturesque walk. From there, one can see the coastline of the island. It takes roughly an hour to walk through the trail. Walkers may notice a few 'caves' on the trail near Sok Kwu Wan. These are caves reputed to have been dug out by the Japanese during the war, according to legend, to hide their kamikaze boats, but more likely to store munitions. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 190 KB) Photographer - Steve - I took this photograph on December 25, 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 190 KB) Photographer - Steve - I took this photograph on December 25, 2005. ...


Southern part

Sham Wan
Sham Wan

Sham Wan is one of the five most important archaeological sites in Hong Kong. According to the archaeological findings, human settlement on the northern and eastern part of Lamma Island could be traced back to around 1600 BC, the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (995x699, 269 KB) More photos on: www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (995x699, 269 KB) More photos on: www. ...


It is also a place for Green Sea Turtles, the only species of turtle that breeds in Hong Kong, to lay eggs. The endangered green turtles are a special group of marine organisms with distinctive navigation behaviour between their nesting, breeding, development and reproduction sites. As Sham Wan is the only existing nesting site for them in Hong Kong, every year there is a period of restricted access to it from June 1 to October 31 to allow the turtles to breed. The breeding site is about 5,100 m² large. Binomial name Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) This page redirects from Chelonia, which is the genus name of this turtle, but has also been used for the order Testudines of all turtles and tortoises. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 61 days remaining. ...


Traditional festival

Tin Hau temples are typical places of worship in Hong Kong's coastal communities because Tin Hau is believed to be the goddess of the sea and of fishermen, protecting them and ensuring fine weather and full nets. There are two Tin Hau temples on Lamma, located in Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan respectively. Both were built in 1826. Clothed statues of Matsu Matsu (Chinese: 媽祖;; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Ma-tsu; literally Mother-Ancestor; POJ: Má-chó·), mortal name Lin Moniang (林默娘), is the Taoist goddess of the Sea who protects fishermen and sailors. ...


The Tin Hau Festival (twenty-third of the third month of the Lunar Calendar) is widely celebrated by the fishermen's communities in Lamma. Cantonese opera and floral paper offerings known as "Fa Pau" at both Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan are the highlights of the celebration. A lunar calendar is a calendar oriented at the moon phase. ... Cantonese opera is one of the major categories in Chinese opera, originating in southern Chinas Cantonese culture. ...


Lamma Island is also one of the few remaining places in Hong Kong where traditional Chinese New Years celebrations still takes place. At the stroke of midnight, Chinese fireworks will be set off by the main families of the villages, sending off a defening thunder that can last up to 30 minutes. This tradition is believed to frighten away the evil spirits.

reams of traditional Chinese fireworks will be set off in unison
reams of traditional Chinese fireworks will be set off in unison

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Villages on Lamma Island

Mo Tat is a small village on the north-east part of Lamma Island, Hong Kong, facing to Aberdeen, Hong Kong. ... Sok Kwu Wan (索罟灣) or Picnic Bay is a bay in the middle east coast of Lamma Island, Hong Kong. ... Yung Shue Ha from the Tung O Wan ferry pier. ... Yung Shue Ha from the Tung O Wan ferry pier. ... The village of Yung Shue Wan from the ferry terminal. ...

See also

The territory of Hong Kong consists of a mainland area and 236 islands. ... Hong Kong has a long coastline which is full of twists and turns with many bays and beaches. ... The following is a list of buildings, sites and areas in Hong Kong: List of the 18 districts of Hong Kong, with a partial list of their sub-areas and streets Hong Kong Island Central and Western Central Admiralty Kennedy Town Mid-levels Sai Ying Pun Shek Tong Tsui Sheung...

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Major islands in Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong
Major islands (by size): Lantau | Hong Kong Island | Lamma | Chek Lap Kok | Tsing Yi | Kau Sai Chau | Po Toi (Po Toi, Waglan) | Cheung Chau | Tung Lung Chau | Kat O | Wong Wan Chau | Hei Ling Chau | Tap Mun Chau | Ap Lei Chau | Soko Islands (Tai A Chau, Siu A Chau) | Ping Chau | Peng Chau | Ma Wan | Ninepin Group | The Brothers | Green Island | Kowloon Rock
Former islands: Kellett Island | Stonecutters Island | Hoi Sham Island | Channel Rock | Tsing Chau | Mong Chau | Chau Tsai | Nga Ying Chau | Lam Chau | Rumsey Rock 

Coordinates: 22°12′N, 114°07′E Image File history File links Flag_of_Hong_Kong. ... Map of Lantau Island, Hong Kong Lantau Island (based on the local old name of Lantau Peak 爛頭 Làntóu, Ragged Head; 大嶼山/大屿山 pinyin: DàyÇ” shān, Cantonese: Tai yue shan, Big Island Mountain), also Lantao, is the largest island in Hong Kong, located at the mouth of the Pearl... The night view of the Island side as seen from the Kowloon side - the opposite side of the Victoria Harbour Hong Kong Island (Traditional Chinese: 香港島; Simplified Chinese: 香港岛; Cantonese Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2 dou2; Mandarin Pinyin: XiānggÇŽngdÇŽo) is the island where the colonial settlement of the Hong Kong territory... Chek Lap Kok (Chinese: 赤鱲角; Jyutping: cek3 laap6 gok3; Cantonese IPA: ; Pinyin: Chìliè Jiǎo; Red Perch Cape) is an island in the western waters of Hong Kong. ... Tsing Yi (Chinese: ), or Tsing Yi Island (Traditional Chinese: ) is an island of Hong Kong, to the northwest of Hong Kong Island. ... Kau Sai Chau (滘西洲) is an island located off the coast of Sai Kung, Hong Kong. ... The Poi To islands (蒲苔群島) are a small group of sparsely inhabited islands (a population of around 200) located south-east of Hong Kong Island, off Stanley, Hong Kong. ... Po Toi (蒲苔島) is the main island of the Po Toi Islands in Hong Kong. ... Waglan Island (橫瀾島) is a member of the Po Toi group of islands in Hong Kong. ... Cheung Chau (Traditional Chinese: ; lit. ... Tung Lung Chau (東龍洲, lit. ... Kat O Chau or Crooked Island (吉澳洲) is an island of Hong Kong located in the north-east of the territory. ... Wong Wan Chau (往灣洲) or Double Island is an island located in the north-eastern part of Hong Kong. ... Hei Ling Chau (喜靈洲) is an island of Hong Kong, located east of Lantau Island. ... Tap Mun Chau or Grass Island (塔門) is an island of Hong Kong, located in the northeastern part of the territory, north of the Sai Kung peninsula. ... Ap Lei Chau (鴨脷洲), or Aberdeen Island, is an island of Hong Kong, located south-west of Hong Kong Island, next to Aberdeen Harbour and Aberdeen Channel, with an area of 1. ... Soko Islands (索罟群島) is a group of islands in Hong Kong. ... Tai A Chau (大鴉洲) is an island of Hong Kong, part of the Soko Islands group, located south of Lantau Island. ... Siu A Chau (小鴉洲) is an island of Hong Kong, part of the Soko Islands group, located south of Lantau Island. ... Ping Chau Ping Chau Ping Chau Ping Chau (Chinese: ; pinyin: Píng Zhōu) is an island in Hong Kong, China. ... Peng Chau (坪洲 in pinyin: Píngzhōu; in Jyutping: ping4 zau1; literal meaning: Flat Islet) is a small island located off the north-eastern coast of Lantau Island. ... Ma Wan (馬灣) is an island of Hong Kong, located between Lantau Island and Tsing Yi Island. ... The Ninepin Group is a group of islands in the easternmost waters of Hong Kong. ... The Brothers or Mo To Chau (磨刀洲, or 大小磨刀洲) consist of two islands in Hong Kong, the East Brother (小磨刀洲) and the West Brother (大磨刀洲). The group of islands lie in the north of Lantau Island, midway between Chek Lap Kok (where Hong Kong International Airport is located), and Tuen Mun. ... Green Island (青洲) is an island off the coast of the northwest coast of Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong, separated by the Sulphur Channel. ... Kowloon Rock (九龍石) is an island in the middle of Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong. ... Kellett Island (奇力島, also 燈籠洲 in Chinese) is a former island off East Point in Hong Kong. ... Stonecutters Island or Ngong Shuen Chau (Chinese: 昂船洲) is a former island in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. ... Hoi Sham Island (海心島), also called To Kwa Wan Island (土瓜灣島), is a former island in Kowloon Bay off the coast at To Kwa Wan, Kowloon City district, Hong Kong. ... Channel Rock (海峽石) was a big rock in the midst of Kowloon Bay in the east Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong, opposite to Kwun Tong Ferry Pier. ... Tsing Chau (青洲) was an island in the Kwai Chung area of Hong Kong, sitting on the mouth of Gin Drinkers Bay, by the side of Rambler Channel, opposite to Tsing Yi Island. ... Mong Chau (芒洲) was an island off South Kwai Chung, in Rambler Channel, Hong Kong. ... Chau Tsai (洲仔) was a small island off the southern shore of Tsing Yi Island of Hong Kong. ... Nga Ying Chau (牙鷹洲), or Cap Island, was a island off the northeast shore of Tsing Yi Island of Hong Kong, separated by a small harbour, Mun Tsai Tong (門仔塘), and Tsuen Wan is at its northeast, just across the Rambler Channel. ... Lam Chau (欖洲) was one of the two original islands that made up the site of the current Hong Kong International Airport. ... Rumsey Rock was a rock in Hung Hom Bay, Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Lamma Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1301 words)
Lamma is, in contrast to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, peaceful and tranquil, with relatively natural scenery.
Lamma was named after the shape of the island which looks like the limb of a tree, or the letter Y (corresponding to the Chinese character of "a"), and Namm (n is allophone of l) means "south".
Soko Islands (Tai A Chau, Siu A Chau)
Lamma Island (126 words)
Lamma Island (南丫島 in pinyin: nan2 ya1 dao3; in Jyutping[?]: naam4 ngaa1 dou2; in penkyamp: Nam4 Nga1 Dou2 is a small island south of the main island of Hong Kong.
The two main towns of Lamma Island are Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan.
Lamma Island is also home to China Light and Power[?]'s main energy station for Hong Kong, with its distinctive three very tall chimney stacks, visible from the surrounding islands.
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