19.01.2008 - 19.01.2008 20 °C
We met Craig and Kandace again at the Star Ferry terminal at 10am, and got the next boat over to Hong Kong Island. From there we took the boat to Lamma Island which takes around 20 minutes. The island has a population of 5000 - many of them fisherman and farmers. We had a wander round the little village, which felt like proper rurual China - so different to Hong Kong, and then did a 4km walk which is known as the 'family trail'. It's quite a nice walk and the island is quite pretty in parts, although unfortunately there is a huge power station there which is shame as it's a blot on the landscape. Lamma is renowned for its seafood restaurants so after the walk we had some deep fried squid and fresh crab in one of the many restaurants lining the sea front.
Back in Hong Kong Island we went for a wander round Hong Kong Park which although artificial in parts was quite pretty. We then went for a wander down to the harbour where, at 8pm every night, there is a display on the HK Island side called the symphony of lights which is done with laser beams and flashing lights coming from several of the office blocks - it lasts around 15 minutes. It's something done by the government purely for the tourists and was quite good. The harbour is a dramatic place by night too so it was nice to stand there for a while taking in the view.
For dinner we found a delicious Japanese place within a shopping mall where I had a bento box of sushi and other snacks.
Later we went to Delaney's Irish pub in Tsim Sha Tsui to watch the United V Reading game (score 2-0 to United) and then got a taxi back to the hostel around 2am.