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    Thanks for this. I was looking at a Lamma Island forum and they mentioned that there was some talk of having a dedicated turnstile for monthly ticket holders who would also have priority boarding. Any idea if this has been implemented?

    Can't wait to see my first typhoon. The weather here in Ireland is very tame, just occasional ferocious rain. Maybe I'll live to eat these works :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Claire ex-ax:
    If you live on Lamma (or any of the islands except Lantau), have a contingency plan for when bad weather, e.g. typhoons, stops the ferries.
    On average, how many days a year is the ferry cancelled due to inclement weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bharr:
    On average, how many days a year is the ferry cancelled due to inclement weather.
    No idea. I don't live on Lamma.

    Last year it was fairly quiet, storm-wise. This year the forecast is that four to seven typhoons could come within 500km of the city this year. That doesn't include the tropical depressions.

    We get advance warning of a No.8, when the city shuts down, via the HKO app but the ferries will usually stop well before the warning - and often with only a written notice at the ferry pier (but that might have changed with the ferries app - someone perhaps can confirm). So, contingency plans for when you are a) stuck at the office and b) stuck at home.
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    Thanks Claire. Useful knowing this and factoring into decision making process. Mind you, could be a paid day off work too...

    Quote Originally Posted by Claire ex-ax:
    No idea. I don't live on Lamma.

    Last year it was fairly quiet, storm-wise. This year the forecast is that four to seven typhoons could come within 500km of the city this year. That doesn't include the tropical depressions.

    We get advance warning of a No.8, when the city shuts down, via the HKO app but the ferries will usually stop well before the warning - and often with only a written notice at the ferry pier (but that might have changed with the ferries app - someone perhaps can confirm). So, contingency plans for when you are a) stuck at the office and b) stuck at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bharr:
    Thanks Claire. Useful knowing this and factoring into decision making process. Mind you, could be a paid day off work too...
    It is nice to have a paid day off, but that's not always the case. We can't really get away with the "power-is-out" excuse here to avoid emails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wtbhotia:
    Kennedy Town is where u should be looking at.
    Have you looked recently at apartments in Kennedy Town? I think Kennedy Town and Sai Ying Pun rent prices have gone through the roof. I don't have actual data, but when I was looking around a few months ago, I was pretty appalled by the quality/size of apartments and the prices I was getting. I gave up. Besides, it still has a pretty stressful "city" feel.

    Other island areas to consider OP: Mui Wo, Peng Chau.

    About the ferries being crowded on the weekend: If you live there, wouldn't you be taking the ferry in the opposite direction of the weekend crowds? So crowded ferries wouldn't be too much of a problem? Granted, Lamma and Cheung Chau don't have much space to absorb the crowds, so the weekend influx can be unpleasant regardless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiaque:
    Have you looked recently at apartments in Kennedy Town? I think Kennedy Town and Sai Ying Pun rent prices have gone through the roof. I don't have actual data, but when I was looking around a few months ago, I was pretty appalled by the quality/size of apartments and the prices I was getting. I gave up. Besides, it still has a pretty stressful "city" feel.
    I have a few friends who live there and again it depends on what your looking for, ie new with club facititlites etc then expect to pay through the roof, single bedroom small apartment, building with lift, no management etc can still be found and for a reasonable price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtbhotia:
    I have a few friends who live there and again it depends on what your looking for, ie new with club facititlites etc then expect to pay through the roof, single bedroom small apartment, building with lift, no management etc can still be found and for a reasonable price.
    Thanks. I'm of the less is more school of thought so happy with single bedroom etc so long as good view/vibe. I'm an old guy now so not worried about clubs etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiaque:
    Have you looked recently at apartments in Kennedy Town? I think Kennedy Town and Sai Ying Pun rent prices have gone through the roof. I don't have actual data, but when I was looking around a few months ago, I was pretty appalled by the quality/size of apartments and the prices I was getting. I gave up. Besides, it still has a pretty stressful "city" feel.

    Other island areas to consider OP: Mui Wo, Peng Chau.

    About the ferries being crowded on the weekend: If you live there, wouldn't you be taking the ferry in the opposite direction of the weekend crowds? So crowded ferries wouldn't be too much of a problem? Granted, Lamma and Cheung Chau don't have much space to absorb the crowds, so the weekend influx can be unpleasant regardless.
    Thanks for this. My work is stressful so I'm looking for minimum hassle or stress in my living conditions. This is why Lamma seems attractive to me now. I worked on a Thai island two years ago and there was a similar influx of visitors. Soon got used to it. I'll research the other islands you mentioned.
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