Tai O

Tai O

I had always pictured Hong Kong to be a concrete jungle but alas, it has more to offer. Located on Lantau Island, the fishing village of Tai O is the home of the Tanka people where the iconic stilt houses lie. It was on my list of things to see (not a fan of a concrete jungle, despite it being a scenic (can you even call it that?) change).

Tai O is a great day trip from the city which also offers hiking trails for those interested. Wonder the busy streets where street vendors are smoking squid, stalls selling dried seafood and walk the tight knit wooden pathways among the stilt houses.

As you walk towards the Old Tai O Police Station (now converted to the Heritage Hotel, which HINT: has an nice balcony to look at the above view from), you are met with the smell of shrimp paste (in those blue barrels) and open houses allowing you a peep in, before you are offered beautiful coastal views by the hotel.

Boat rides to try and catch sights of the pink dolphin are also offered where the bus terminus is if you want to do that as well. I didn’t go on it due to my skepticism.

You will need a whole day here and maybe more if you wish to hike and to get here, take the MTR to Tung Chung station and then take the number 11 bus to terminus, which is about 50 minutes. Et Voila.

-S.

Pictures (top to bottom, L-R): Stall selling dried seafood, stilt houses x2, shrimp paste, drying baskets, view from Heritage Hotel balcony and old wooden house.

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