Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tai O (大澳)

Tai O, a fishing village on Lantau island, is really quite a nice getaway from the bustle and hustle of the city streets of Hong Kong. A perfect day trip after all the shopping....

Known as the "Venice of Hong Kong", one of the features of the village is that the houses are built on stilts. Being a fishing village, you might be asked by some of the locals to have a tour of the village by boat. During low tide, you can actually walk around the houses via walkway planks that are also on stilts! The houses are actually all still very old, and it is really quite interesting exploring the place.
Tai O is also famous for its salted fish, and if you do walk around the village on stilts, you can see lots of families drying the fishes in basket trays. In the village centre on land, old shophouses lined the streets, and a walk through it is literally like walking in a street of a bygone era! Of course, you also have your fair share of products being hawkered.

Being just a bus ride away from Hong Kong itself, Tai O is easily reached, and thus, it is a recommended day trip for those who have some extra time in Hong Kong. Check it out!

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