Located on the Kowloon peninsula and famous for its seafood, Lei Yue Mun draws visitors from all over to its fishing villages, temples and of course, food. Several smaller, squatter villages make up the village known as Lei Yun Mun, all great examples of the rare rural lifestyle that was once prevalent in Hong Kong. The houses found along the waterfront are called stilt houses, or “pang uk.” These were the favored style of house for early fishermen who wanted to move on land but still maintain the feel and advantages of living on a boat.
Approximately 150 years ago, Lei Yue Mun was full of fishermen, farmers and miners. It was only in the last 50 years that the village started getting attention for alfresco seafood dining. In 1992, a seafood festival garnered even more popularity for Lei Yue Mun. The method of dining at Lei Yue Mun is different than many other places—you must first buy your seafood from a tank at the market and then take it to a restaurant to have it prepared for a fee.
Most restaurants in Lei Yue Mun open at 11:30am and close around 11:30pm. If you’re wondering how to choose a restaurant, those with a Quality Tourism Services (QTS) symbol have passed standards set forth by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Lei Yue Mun is the channel between Junk Bay and Victoria Harbour, which separates Kowloon from Hong Kong Island.