Thursday, 9 May 2013

Tai O

Tai O is not some form of martial arts but the oldest fishing village on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. After visiting the Big Buddha, we took the bus to Tai O along with lots of other tourist. One of the reasons this small fishing village is a hot spot for tourist is that the houses are built on stilts called Pang uks.  They are all very close together, almost look like they are interconnected, certainly some looked like in need of some major TLC. Back in 2000 there was a fire which destroyed many of the stilted houses and just recently there was another fire about a week ago.

We went on a boat trip around the bay trying to see some Chinese white dolphins (we did not see any), then up and down looking at these amazing houses. Tai O also has the name of Venice of Hong Kong, for people who like eating fish, this paradise.

The specialities in Tai O are salted fish, which you can see hanging in the first photo, then shrimp paste and also salted egg yolks. We walked up and down the small streets looking at all the vendors and their wares, lots of dried fish on offer.

It is definitely worth a visit and combined with the other big attraction the Big Buddha it is a great day out. Lets hope the village houses are rebuilt and the people there can continue their way of life.

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