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• 24/9/2013 - Things to do in Lamma Island of Hong Kong

1. Cheung Chau Island

If you enjoyed Lamma Island you may also be interested in checking out Cheung Chau, a small island with a traditional fishing village turned into a popular daytrip holiday destination for Hong Kong tour.

Compared to Lamma, Cheung Chau has a more local atmosphere and a stronger Chinese identity, with the western-style coffee shops and wine bars found in Lamma replaced by traditional Chinese shops and local restaurants. Like Lamma, highlights of a daytrip here are strolling through the island, soaking up sun at the beach and eating fresh seafood at the seafront restaurants. I ate lunch at one of those crowded restaurants and found the food surprisingly good and reasonably priced. If you come here hungry you'd better like Chinese food since the only western restaurants I spot were a coffee shop and a McDonald's.

Of the two islands I liked Lamma better because of the international atmosphere. For a traditional Chinese experience you may want to come here though.

Cheung Chau is easily reached via ferry from Honk Kong's Central Piers in about the same time needed to get to Lamma (~30/60 minutes fast/regular ferry).

2. Lamma Fun Day

Lamma Fun Day is a family-oriented festival that is held each fall. It is a great way to spend a day away from the hustle bustle of Hong Kong (obtain more via Hong Kong travel guide).

Activities include face painting, games for children, a volleyball tournament, live music and a market area where locals sell handmade crafts and secondhand goods. There are also food and drink vendors in case you get hungry. Proceeds from Lamma Fun Day benefit local charities.

Make sure your bring your suncreen... the sun can be intense even in November. It may even be warm enough for a swim, so consider bringing a swimsuit as well.

Check the Lamma Fun Day website for the date and location of this year's festival.

3. Tin Hau temple at Sok Kwu Wan village (one of must-see Hong Kong attractions)

You will see Tin Hau tepmle near pier in Sok Kwu Wan village, right after the restaurants (or before if you come from opposite direction). Its history dates back to 1826 when it was built and laters, in 2004 has been restored after fire. It is small building and it keeps rather modest facade with distingushed Chinese architecture and details.

Temple is dedicated to Tin Hau, the protector of fishermen as there used to be fishing village in Sok Kwu Wan before.

4. relax at the beach... with interesting view

It looks idyllic here (at Hung Shing Yeh beach) - as long as your view is oriented toward Mount Tei Tong. And it does invite you to sit on the rock or lay on the sand... even if it's not too hot like it was those days in end of February. Then it was not too cool to get shoes off and soak feet in water.

But then you have this huge power plant on your right and it doesn't look so nice anymore. It makes you move and walk further, and yes... there are lot nicer views further along the path from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan. But it is interesting, indeed. So contrasty, right?

This beach is on one third of the sighteeing route at Lamma island. You should not miss the above for your Hong Kong's affordable China tours.

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• 24/9/2013 - Chinese painter's Tibet-themed works on show

Works by contemporary Chinese artist Han Shuli, renowned for paintings with a Tibetan flavor, will go on show on Sept. 29 here before touring Macao and Taiwan.

The exhibit will contain nearly one hundred paintings created by Han over the past 40 years during which he has devoted himself to Tibet and helped many painters from the Tibetan minority group establish themselves in the art world, according to Monday's press release from the events' organizers.

Born in Beijing in 1948 and of the Han ethic group, Han is a member of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC) and chairman of Tibet Federation of Literary and Art Circles. His works have won many domestic and overseas awards and have been exhibited in Paris, Tokyo and other cities.

The exhibit will last from Sept. 29 to Oct. 8 in Beijing's National Art Museum of China before shows in Macao and Taiwan, said the release.

The exhibit is jointly sponsored by various organizations including CFLAC and the publicity department of the Party Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

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