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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:56 pm 
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SCMP, 48 Hours magazine, last Thursday, Jan 22:

Lamma Island - a surprisingly satisfying short break in Hong Kong (click for SCMP site. Paywall!)

For some, the outlying island is more than just a weekend getaway, it's a way of life


Christopher DeWolf, Text & Pictures

I arrived a sceptic and left a convert. I have always been ambivalent about Lamma Island, finding it hard to look past the tatty souvenir shops, scummy waterways and relentless mosquitoes — not to mention the comically dystopian power plant that looms over the horizon. On a recent couple of visits, though, the island's charm has worn down my defences.

"It's just such an exception to all the normal rules in Hong Kong," says Trey Menefee, an academic who recently left the island to be closer to his job in the New Territories. "There's just this constant background of familiar faces, people who you've never maybe even said hi to, but you feel obliged to nod at when you pass by."

The island's friendly shabbiness has begun to feel like a refreshing antidote to big city gentrification. And it's just 25 minutes away from Central by ferry. "It's a Never Never Land orbiting around the Death Star," says Horton...

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We're the ones who need an "antidote to big city gentrification".


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The writer has broken all the accepted rules of Hong Kong journalism and should be fired. His information is up-to-date and accurate and he hasn't even mentioned hippies at all. I suspect that he has actually visited the island on a number of occasions.


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I agree! Quite shocking, actually!

A very uncommon story about Lamma and so different from all the tourism promotion fluff we usually see.
And the pretty good photos are brand-new, even showing places that only opened a few weeks ago!

But our 1 or 2 remaining hippies would surely be appalled (or happy?) about being omitted and ignored for once!?

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I am happy he didn't mention the "undiscovered country," Sok Kwu Wan. He would give away the best kept secret of Lamma and the constant refrain from locals, "it is so far." :)

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