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“Definitely overrated”
Review of Tai O

Tai O
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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.
Reviewed January 5, 2013

In advance, so many guys told me to go there because Tai O is such as "nice traditional fisher village. NOT AT ALL.
The houses are not "traditional" at all in my eyes. The only difference between these houses and the common houses in HK is that they have only one floor. They are constructed with the same ugly concrete as every normal house in Hong Kong. The streets are not clean. There is definitely nothing that I could call "nice".
The village is too packed, touristic and not nice at all. I don't know how people can rate this place with 4 or 5 stars, seriously.
In four month of Hong Kong, that place disappointed me the most. Sorry...
The only thing that was funny: I bought a fish that was still alive and put it in the sea again :)

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Tai O is a nice refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is quaint and traditional. Located at Lantau island, it is nice and green, sandwiched between the sea and the mountain. You can get to wander around in the meandering village built on stilts. Peep into traditional fisherman life, and how they make the famous produce of shrimp paste and salted fish. There are lots and lots of traditional chinese snacks done the old fashion way. And you can also have fresh seafood which you buy from the open market and bring to one of the many seafood restaurants for them to cook to the way your like. Of course taking a boat cruise is also delightful, there is a 15min ride through the canals in the village and a 30 mins one that brings you to the open sea to see the pink dolpins (hopefully) :). Be prepared to spend half a day, just soaking in the atmosphere of this wonderfully preserved fishing village. On one hand, very tourist friendly and yet on the other - still clings on to the old way of doing things. What more can you ask for in Hong Kong :)

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Mention Hongkong and the image of skyscrapers adorning the horizon come to mind. However there are other charming surprises that the city has to offer as well.

Nestled right at the end of Lantau Island is the rural fishing village of Tai O. Houses on stilts and shops selling all manners of sea products form the bulk of the village's sights. Take a boat out to sea like I did to try and catch a glimpse of pink dolphins. I wasn't lucky - maybe you will be.

There is a laid back feel to the entire village, everyone seems to take life slow and easy. Never mind that nobody can speak that much English, they still display warmth and friendliness from the woman I saw feeding a dog to the man who made me sample his egg tarts.

Although it was a bit intrusive, I walked deep into the stilt houses to see how they lived. Everything was out in the open and their homes were all laid out there for nosy travellers like myself to peep into. Still I don't think they minded much - one old lady gestured and wanted to talk to us. Pity about the language barrier.

I really enjoyed my time here away from the bustle of city life. Do drop by for a visit and you may be blown away at the tranquility of the place like I was.

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Reviewed December 21, 2012

I was surprised to find out about Tai O's history of salt production from salt marshes that were in the area years ago. Be sure to check inside the shops when you stroll through the alleys as there are several old photos illustrating salt production in at least a couple of shops. A real treat is to pick out your favourite fresh fish/shellfish from the vendors in the street - visit several - then have it cooked to your liking in one of the restaurants on the street. Excellent flavour and very fresh!

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

An old style fishing village that is also the launch spot to see (if you are lucky) the rare pink dolphins that are in this area.
An interesting day trip and not too ard to get to.

Thank gazzy43
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