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  • This is the commercial development on Lamma Island, a small boardwalk of restaurants selling the freshest (still alive, and kicking) seafood around. Hiking paths leading away from the boardwalk featured a couple temples, plentiful beaches and the creepiest little ghost towns you could imagine.
    This island, in comparison to Hong Kong Island, is a sparsely populated and sleepy set of villages whose heritage trails took a few of us on an accidental 4 km hike into the darkness, as the sun quickly disappeared behind adjacent slopes and we mistook our path for the shorter one.
    Along the way were identical boardwalk-type developments, completely isolated and lit by deep crimson lightbulbs (which we later learned were to not disturb nesting turtles near by), half-deconstructed ruins of previous settlements, and graveyards whose inhabitants seemed to constantly request half-filled water bottles.
    Hiking through the pitch-black forest, in a race against my iPhone battery for the device's use as a flashlight, encountering those sights, is the most terrified I've ever been, without considering that earlier that day I passed out due to caffeine overdose/severe exhaustion.
    The girls and I literally ran 4 km, up a mountain, in the dark through a series of ghost towns, some more obviously intended for the spirits than the others.
    I've never been so relieved to stumble back into a noisy, smelly fish market in my entire life.
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