Even though thousands of fish had to give their lives for it, Tai O is a nice little getaway from Hong Kong, and much less crowded than the standard excursions to Shek O or Lamma Islands. It is a fishing village on the southwest end of Lantau Island featuring an amazing dried fish marked and picturesque rows of houses built on stilts over the tidal estuary. Everybody is friendly, (although not much English is spoken) you are free to walk around the little town taking snapshots, and be sure to have lunch or dinner in one of the local waterfront restaurants. To get there, take the subway to the last stop on Lantau, and from there ask direction to get on the local bus, or take the cable car the kind of touristy monastery with the giant Buddha and catch a local bus from there. If you time it right to coincide with a local festival, the dragon boat races are exciting.
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