The villagers’ lifeline to the city
Lei Yue Mun’s lifeline
Right next to the Typhoon Shelter you'll find Sam Ka Tsuen Pier, which used to be Lei Yue Mun's lifeline to the city. It was built in 1934 by the British Army’s Royal Pier to transport materials to Devil’s Peak, and taken over by the villagers in 1946 after the army left.
Lei Yue Mun residents preferred commuting by boat over the three-hour mountain trail hike to Ngau Tau Kok. Regular walla-walla ferry services were running from the pier. The most popular journey was the 15-minute, 20-cents ride to Shau Kei Wan.
The long journey
Mr Lee, who has been living in Lei Yue Mun for over 50 years, recalls how arduous it was to travel to certain places from here. "I worked in Kowloon. I had to first take a boat to Shau Kei Wan, then change to the tram to reach Central, then the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui, and finally, hop on a bus to arrive at my destination."
You can still take a boat to Sai Wan Ho from this pier, it’s a pleasant journey! The ferry sets off every 30 minutes and a trip only costs HK$9!