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“Nice day trip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tai O

Tai O
Hong Kong, China
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Ranked #36 of 392 Attractions in Hong Kong
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Owner description: Lovely little fishing village with many shops and seafood. Take a boat ride for lovely scenery or take a walk up the mountain to see the White Chinese Dolhins swim.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Nice day trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We went to Tai O for the day. We rode the MTR to Tung Chung and then took the bus to Tai O. It was very easy to find the bus at the MTR stop. The bus drive is scenic and passes a couple of interesting temples/monasteries (only saw them from the bus and weren't sure exactly what they were). The village is very interesting and is a great break from the city. It's very quaint and displays some old Hong Kong fishing culture. It has a couple of interesting temples and the houses are very interesting. We didn't do the boat tour, but were told by others that it was great. We did a hike into the country park and caught the bus along the road. The trail was steep, but beautiful and we could see the seated Budda off in the distance.

Visited March 2013
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“not much there”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

i was taken here by a local but was a little disappointed. we took the train to tung chung and then another bus which would have taken at least 1 hour. when we arrived we walked past all the dried seafood etc stalls. we took a boat ride to see the pink dolphins but there were none (my friend has been on this boat at least 3 times and has never seen one - she is starting to think it's a myth) we went to one food place for a bite to eat but i wasn't convinced on the quality and had an oj. the others ordered some beef balls with spaghetti. it was the worst thing they had ever had. there isn't too much to do here and if you're coming from the island or central mainland it's too far for nothing.

Visited February 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Fish village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

One of the oldest local fish villages in Hong Kong. It is what Hong Kong look like before WWII. You must check out this Tai O village. It has our own local history, with famous hand made local prawn paste you should try.

Visited June 2012
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“Great little coffeehouse in Tai O!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

After a fantastic trip to Ngong Ping was spoiled by a downpour, we (two adults, one child) fled in a taxi to Tai O (better than waiting for the bus, and only cost about 50 HKD), where the rain actually kept us more or less trapped in the small Tai O Community Workshop for 20 minutes. After we'd seen all there was to see, we decided to make a run for it-- and ended up in the Tin Hau temple just across from the boat crossing, down the first lane, and just to the right. When the rain let up a wee bit, we sprinted further down Kat Hing Street, where the only establishment that was open was Melt (at No. 67)-- which turned out to be a godsend! Alma, the owner, and her son, Liam, welcomed us inside and let us sit at one of their tables until the weather improved. A few minutes later, with their menu to tempt us, we ended up ordering a light bite, some coffee, and a beer. Everything was great, and we ended up chatting to Alma about what to see and do in the area-- she was a font of information. Can't recommend more highly! Thanks, Alma!

Visited March 2013
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“A lovely fishing village”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We caught bus number 21 from the bus station at the Ngong Pong Village to Tai O village. It cost about 6.50HKD each (we paid with our Oyster card) and the journey took only a few minutes(5-8minutes). As soon as we got off the bus we were asked whether we wanted to take a boat tour for 20 HKD, so we did. It must have been the shortest boat ride ever. We did see the fishing village houses on stilts and then we went slightly out to sea to look for dolphins. ( well there were none there and we were only there for 2-3 minutes so I'm not sure whether we would have actually stayed out longer if we had seen any, but it felt like there was no real search for the dolphins). The boat trip was worth the 20HKD but only as that was just a few pounds. You can still view the stilt houses without taking the boat trip. There are walkways around the village that give you almost as good views as the boat trip.
The fishing village itself is quite interesting to see. There are lots of stalls with dried fish and seafood for sale. I didn't see any tourists buying any but the locals must!
We enjoyed an egg waffle( a local favourite) made fresh on the street whilst we waited. Quite delicious. We stopped off for a cool drink in a local cafe before catching bus number 11 back to Tung Chung to catch the MTR(not sure of the price) which took about 45 minutes. All in all a lovely additional tour to take after visiting the Big Buddha. It also saved time queuing for the return cable car from the Buddha at busy times and you also get to see more of the island. Very easy to do yourself!

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