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Author:  brucelee [ Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:11 am ]
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Hopefully this should have an impact on rental prices :wink:

Lamma Island: Traveler Reviews

“Dirty dogs”
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Date of review: Oct 11, 2010
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Lamma was a great disappointment. My husband and I have recently moved to Hong Kong. We'd visited Shek O and found it beatiful and bustly. We were expeting the same standard of beach on Lamma. When we got off the ferry we were greeted by graffited walls, a smelly harbour and dirty dogs wandering around. We wandered therough the street which was quite pleasant and we found a fabulous restaurant- book worm cafe. We then took the walk to the other side of the island. The whole path was strewn with litter and building materials. The view was completley destroyed by the HUGE power station that you couldn't fail to look at. As we came to the other side of Lamma and were greeted by even more dirty looking big dogs (I am a dog lover by the way but these dos were extremly intimidating) and a sewage smell. The restaurant owners were pushy and gave us incorrect ferry times saying we would be waiting at least an hour back to Hong Kong so to come and have a meal in his restaurant. We went to check the ferry timetable and this was not the case. I will not be visiting Lamma again and will tell friends it is not worth a visit unless they like power stations and dirty, smelly environement. Go to Shek O.
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Author:  iliketurtles [ Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:37 am ]
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Haha. I love this bit you put in:

brucelee wrote:
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Author:  shapogung [ Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:23 pm ]
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Well you'all probably like the excerpts from the following article which I have lifted from Hong Kong TimeOut dated sometime 2009:

"For all its supposedly laid-back, leafy charm, Lamma Island is nothing more than a dumping ground for worst-practice services. Look at the restaurants of Yung Shue Wan for proof; if you can face the squalour and filth, that is. Then there’s the issue of the dogs that are taken on special weekend trips to the island just so they can use it as a lavatory.......

The award for least effort made for the islanders must go, however, to the new operators of the revamped Yung Shue Wan-Aberdeen ferry. ....Once you step inside you realise what it must be like to live in someone’s armpit.

Lamma-ites are notoriously stuck in their ways when it comes to ferries, and any change in timetable, service, or colour of boat is usually greeted with whines, placards, and town-hall meetings among the same dozen or so hippies in the island's dog-shit strewn public places.

Charlie Carter"

So there you have it.

Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Lamma Island -- good for a journalist on a shoestring budget

Lamma Island -- good for a journalist on a shoestring budget?

dipper wrote:
Lamma is not particularly cheap compared to many places in Hong Kong (other outlying islands, new territories etc) however it's probably the cheapest recognisably 'expat' place, if that's what you're looking for.

If you're a journalist bear in mind that they don't have much in the way of decadent luxuries such as electricity, houses or telecommunications and the people there live off the land, catching small grubs and rodents and picking berries. Communication is mainly by smoke signals and bongo drum relays so make sure your publication accepts submissions in those formats. Also, if there's a breaking news story on the mainland, by the time you paddle your canoe to civilisation it may be all over.

In terms of creativity, the expatriates of Lamma are indeed famous for their grass-weaving skills as all furniture and what passes for buildings are constructed from mud and grass. They are also adept at making simple clothing from the skins of small animals.

Author:  poilkoop [ Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:58 pm ]
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Yes, of course, but so what?

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