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“A different Hong Kong”
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 February 13, 2013

This is a very different Hong Kong which you will not expect to see unless you have read about it. An hour bus ride from the Tung Chung bus interchange passing through hill and beaches and eventually arriving at the fishing village of Tai-O. It is relatively quiet as most of the people have left to live and work in the big city itself. Most of the people you see are tourists or city slickers trying to catch a glimpse of the an old fishing village before it disappears. A good way to see the village is to get on the boat for a half hour ride for HK$20 (a bargain). The boat will eventually bring you to the sea to try your luck at catching sight of some pink dolphins if you are lucky. The boat ride gives a good view of the stilt houses of the fishermen. NOTE: choose a boat that is filling up fast because the boat will not leave unless it is almost filled. You can walk around the village or head for the rejuvenated police station which is now a boutique hotel. There is a cafe where you can have a cosy R & R before walking back to the bus terminal.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

If you are needing a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong Island or Kowloon, consider a day trip to NGONG PING and the most interesting little fishing village of Tai O - both located on Lantau Island.

Get there by taking the MTR Tung Chung line to Tung Chung station and follow the signs to Ngong Ping 360. A cable car ride will take you to the Ngong Ping site with its giant Buddha and monastery. From Ngong Ping a #21 bus will take you to the village of Tai O. If you wish to forgo Ngong Ping, simply catch a #11 bus directly from Tung Chung station to the villiage.

The contrast of this small fishing villiage to the skyscrapers of Hong Kong is striking. The villiage is essentially built above the water of the harbor on stilts. There is little or no automobile traffic as the lanes and small roads are too narrow. The only ways to get around are foot, bike or boat. There are several small restaurants in the center of the village and a bar or two harbor side. The village is dead quiet except for the sound of mahjong tiles being banged on tables as the locals gather from house to house to play a game. There are several temples to visit. Much of the village was heavily damaged by a large fire in 2000 which accounts for why many of the small houses look exactly the same (square and grey) - they were built by Habitat for Humanity no doubt to replace the homes destroyed. Many have the requisite Buddhist altar right beside the front door.

Tai O is known for its shrimp paste and you can see it being made starting with the shrimp drying in the sun. Tai O is one of those places where I thought it would be no more than a 30 minute visit and before I knew it 3 hours had gone by. Truly an enjoyable experience!

3  Thank Malcolmius
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Don't miss out on visiting this great little seaside village and it's market. Lots and beautiful, wonderful and weird things to see, do and EAT here!

Go now!

Thank Tania S
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

I didn't really expect to see any pink dolphins but we were also lucky and spotted a couple. The boat ride itself was enjoyable but seeing them capped it off.
We caught a bus from Tung Chung after doing a return trip on the Cable Car. The ride was longer than expected which meant you saw a good amount of scenery (rather than sky scrapers). Tai O is a much more authentic fishing village than other towns described as such. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the markets, had an enjoyable seafood lunch, coffee and cake on a balcony over the river and finally freshly made doughnuts which were so light and gorgeous. We caught a bus back to Mui Wo and then the ferry back to Central. The bus terminals were well signed and the time of the next bus scheduled to leave displayed. I would suggest an early start to get all this in - we were at the Cable Car just prior to it opening at 10.00.
Did I mention the chocolate coated peanuts? They were delicious too.

1  Thank dana25aus
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This place does not look attractive at first go but once you take a boat ride to visit this fishing village, you tend to enjoy it. Boat first takes you into the sea and if you are lucky you can see the Pink Dolphins playing in water, which is the biggest attraction here. We saw many dolphins jumping from the water from all direction and they were too quick that its really very difficult to capture their photograph. This part of the boat ride is really very interesting but sadly they take you to the Dolphins area only for few minutes only. The ride further takes towards the city where one can see the fishing village of Tai-O and their people. It is surprisingly to see such a simple place in shiny Hong Kong. Other than boat ride one can explore mote about the village by trekking inside the street and market of the village. They have various food options there (all non-veg). So much to see there further for vegetarians so return after boat ride is sufficient.

2  Thank Mohit M
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