Yam O

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Yam O

Yam O (Chinese: 陰澳) is a bay located on the northeast shore of Lantau Island, in the New Territories of Hong Kong. It is part of the Tsuen Wan Rural West constituency of the Tsuen Wan District Council.

Yam O was the only natural lumber preservation zone in Hong Kong. Even today, travellers passing through Yam O can see natural lumber on stilts in the bay.

Today, Yam O is known for its interchange for the Disneyland Resort Line via the nearby Sunny Bay MTR station, built on reclaimed land near Yam O.

Sunny Bay[edit]

Sunny Bay MTR Station, as viewed from the Public Transport Interchange

Sunny Bay (Chinese: 欣澳; Cantonese Yale: Yān Ou) is a recent incarnation by the Hong Kong Government, which emerged after the plans to build Hong Kong Disneyland Resort on nearby Penny's Bay. This was done so because Yam (陰) in Cantonese literally means dark (the same word as the Mandarin yin, well known to most English speakers from the expression yin-yang); while Yan (欣) means happy - a significantly more favorable name to Disney. But according to Shuowen Jiezi, Yam (陰) originally is a geographical syntax which means "North of a hill or south of a body of water", so the change of the name is seen a violation of local culture and opposed by Hong Kong citizens and some Chinese language professionals.

Sunny Bay Station is today also a transport interchange for Discovery Bay residents, being served by bus route DB03R.

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Sunny Bay Public Transport Interchange, with bus DB03R to Discovery Bay

Coordinates: 22°19′46″N 114°01′22″E / 22.32932°N 114.02281°E / 22.32932; 114.02281