> Lamma Island - Yung Shue Wan (Banyan Bay)
Lamma Island is known as ‘Pak Liu Chau’ in ancient times, where foreign ships trading with Guangzhou in Tang and Sung Dynasty used to park, which Chinese name is later changed as ‘Pok Liu Chau’. Until modern times, due to the island’s situated at the South of Hong Kong Island, and its shape resembles the Chinese character “丫”, it was named ‘Lamma Island’, which eventually replaces the name of ‘Pok Liu Chau.’ In 1964, the Lamma North Rural Committee had proposed to the South District Office of changing the Chinese name ‘Nam A’ to ‘Nam Ya’ (phonetic) but was not approved. This route will only travel to Yung Shue Wan (Banyan Bay) with Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier as a start, passing through Yung Shue Wan Main Street towards Hung Shing Yeh Beach as destination.
(Last updated: 18/1/2022)
Start from MTR Central Station, wheelchair users may take the lift at Exit A to reach the ground level, transfer to another lift by its side to the footbridge, then follow the signage towards Central Outlying Ferry Pier. Ferries to Lamma Island are at No. 4 Pier, with different route to Yung Shue Wan or to Sok Kwu Wan. Because Yung Shue Wan is the major tourists spot and with more residents, schedule to Yung Shue Wan is more frequent. Some ship types are equipped with two dedicated wheelchair spaces and two rows of caring seats, as well as safety belts for wheelchair users to fix their wheelchairs. Wheelchair users can use the accessible toilets at the end of ship.
Central ← → Lamma Island - (Yung Shue Wan)
Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry Limited
Tel: 2815 6063
Ferry Service Timetable & Fare:
Half price discount is available to the children under twelve, elderly over sixty-five and disabled person who could produce proof of entitlement such as HK Identity Card and Senior Citizen Card. Under the “Public Transport Fare Concession Scheme for the Elderly and Eligible Persons with Disabilities” launched by the HKSAR government, eligible persons can travel on HKKF ferry at a concessionary fare of $2 per trip at any time by using qualified Elder Octopus card or Personalised Octopus card.
Pier gate for wheelchair users
Accessible toilets on the ferry
North Lamma Public Library & Heritage and Cultural Showroom
As they disembark from the Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier, visitors will see the North Lamma Public Library & Heritage and Cultural Showroom ahead on their left, which were officially opened in 2019. The building with featured appearance has barrier-free passages and lifts, allowing the disabled to have a visit.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm / 2 pm - 6 pm
Sunday and Public holidays: 10 am - 1 pm
Tel. 2249 5017
Address: 1F & 2F, 1 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island
Yung Shue Wan Main Street
Go ahead from the ferry pier would reach Yung Shue Wan Main Street, which is a collection of most seafood restaurants, shops and various food-stalls in Lamma Island. Road surface of the whole of Main Street are level and without steps which are suitable for wheelchair users to move around. Most restaurants are having alfresco seats which are convenient for wheelchair users to be accommodated. However, visitors have to take note that entrance of many shops at the Main Street are having steps or threshold which wheelchair users could only admire outside the shop. Besides, circulation of people would increase during public holidays making the roads more crowded that wheelchair users should pay attention for safety purpose.
There are stairs in front of the post office on Lamma Island. In order to facilitate people with disabilities, the post office has installed a doorbell on the side of the road so that those people can call the staff for assistance. The bank on the Main Street has ATMs of different heights, which is convenient for wheelchair users to withdraw money and enjoy bank services.
Yung Shue Wan has only two accessible toilets, one could be seen soon after entering the Main Street, while the other is at the Hung Shing Yeh Beach. It is suggested that before going to Hung Shing Yeh Beach, visitors should first go to “visit” the washroom at the Main Street.
Address: Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island
The Old Tin Hau Temple
Going along Yung Shue Wan Main Street will come to two side-paths, one leads to Hung Shing Yeh Wan, and the other leads to the Old Tin Hau Temple. Visitors are suggested to follow the signage to visit the old Tin Hau Temple first, then go way back to the side path to proceed towards Hung Shing Yeh Beach. The Old Temple located besides the Rural Committee is said to have a history of over a hundred of years according to legend. The most characteristic feature of the Old Temple is the pair of stone lions in front of the temple, which visitors would notice if observe carefully, is a pair of western style lions. It is said that during the 60s when inhabitants of Lamma gathered money to refurbish the temple, it happened to be the Cultural Revolution in China that no Chinese stone lions are manufactured. Residents therefore have to fetch locally a pair of western style lion for replacement, resulting in this Old Temple being a combination of both Chinese and western styles.
Short comments: Traditional Chinese temples are designed with a threshold that makes it difficult for wheelchair users to enter. The layout of the temple is also compact, thus there being narrow space for wheelchair movement.
Address: Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Visitors may follow the signage to go from Yung Shue Wan Main street to Hung Shing Yeh Beach. It takes about 30-45 minutes to set off from the ferry pier. While roads leading to the beach are quite steep for wheelchair users, and all along are few resting place, wheelchair users should proceed according to their own strength, and would be safer if accompany by others. On the way to the beach are various types of trees and different stalls selling specialty products. Near the beach is a ramp accessed stall selling tofu pudding (bean curd pudding) where wheelchair users can go inside. On reaching the beach, one can enjoy the scenery of Lamma Island along the shore, and also the landmark of Lamma Island, the chimney stacks of the power station. This beach is provided with accessible toilets but no shower facilities. Near the beach is a barbecue site which entrance is with steps, thus not so suitable for wheelchair users.
Short comments: Along Hung Shing Yeh Beach, you can go to another scenic spot on Lamma Island - Sok Kwu Wan. There is no stair along the way, however, there are many steep ramps along the road. In addition, some parts of the road are paved with gravel, which is bumpy for (electric) wheelchairs to pass. Such a road will also pose a risk to wheelchair users and their accompaniers, hence not recommended for them.
Address: Hung Shing Yeh Beach, Lamma Island
|From the Pier one can already see the big wind turbines of the Power Station facing the ‘three chimney stacks’ far away. Visitors can go along the path leading to Hung Shing Ye Beach and follow the instructions towards the Lamma Winds. Inside the power station is an exhibition centre introducing information about wind power generation, which opens daily from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. However, roads leading to the Lamma Winds are much steeper than that to Hung Shing Yeh Beach, which visitors should take into account of their safety.|
Short comments: As a consequence of the sloping road to Lamma Winds with a long distance, it is very difficult and dangerous for wheelchair users to drive by themselves, and so it is with their accompaniers. When driving on too sloping roads, electric wheelchairs will also cause rollovers. Therefore, accompaniers are needed for notice and support. Where there are slopes, there are speed bumps on the road surface, making it more difficult for (electric) wheelchairs to pass.
Lamma Island holiday flats
There are quite a number of holiday flats for rent inLammaIsland, most of which are villa where rooms are located on the second floor. Wheelchair users staying overnight should first observe whether facilities of such rooms are appropriate.
Parking Spaces Designated for the Disabled
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