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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 May 8, 2014 via mobile

Please take note, "Tai-O" island no more as before used to, eat fresh seafood, local made and etc.. Coz all import import from china

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Reviewed May 5, 2014

There appears to be an American below who was expecting this small Chinese village to resemble vegas. (How have you never see hole in the floor toilets, this a very common thing!?!!)
But this is a beautiful fishing village with lots of character, where you can take a 30 minute boat trip to see the old houses on stilts and pink dolphins (for about 2 pounds English).
The food is all fish, and cooked authentically.
It is not somewhere to spend a whole day, (we did as part of a day to the Buddha statue) but it is a lovely peaceful village, a world away from the crowded and touristy buddha statue and the buzzy Hong Kong city. I much preferred it to the busy touristy Buddha village, definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed May 3, 2014

might have been that day in hong kong shopping or strolling the boulevards , could have gone the other tourist traps but after much research on the internet picked up early , crossing the ferry to hong kong , catch another ferry for 1 hour to the island of Lantau , another 30 minute bus that looked more like 30 days , and finally I came to the fishing village of Tai O.
Outgoing Hong Kong 2 hours before going to have the feeling that retreated in time a few decades .
Tai O is a fishing village with wooden houses , look no monuments , restaurants or good photographic frameworks because it is not what you go to Tai O.
But the setting is truly peaceful, cats napping on the doors of the house , the few shops that there are dried fish ( all kinds of fish prepared in various presentations , but always dry ) and the few places where you can eat food serving simple as Dim Sum coconut and peanuts ( a specialty , but be prepared for a queue in the street ) or dry fish grilled over coals and served in paper envelopes . Do not disappoint me . We were early, so maybe there were too many tourists and those who had were Asians who took the opportunity to buy " culinary specialties "

2  Thank tomatorosato
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

Getting to Tai-O is relatively easy. MTR to Tung Chung Station and navigate to Ngong Ping 360 where there is a bus terminal beside the escalator. There is direct bus to Tai-O village which takes approx 35 min. Once there, immerse yourself in old village style of environment. There is a BBQ stall which sells Abalone and Scallop. This is not to be missed.

Further in, there is an old uncle selling traditional hot pressed pan cake, it is just beside their wet market. You cant missed this 2 stalls as they are always in long queue!

1 downside is the long queue for the bus back to MTR station. Be prepared a waiting time for 30 min or more as it is snaking around the bus terminal station.

2  Thank ymyong
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

Riding the bus from Hong Kong airport to Hong Kong Island, the marquis urged us not to miss Tai O ... "The Venezia of Hong Kong"

Wow, we thought, Hong Kong has a Venice? We put it on our agenda as a must see.
The reality is certainly different than advertised. This is not comparable to Venice, by a long shot.

Once you arrive on Lantau Island via whatever mode of transportation, you have to ride a bus for 45 additional minutes to the southwest side of the island. Tai O is the last bus stop.

When you arrive, you're immediately accosted by several parties vying for your patronage, who want you to board their boat for a tour around the harbor for $25 HKD. The objective is spotting pink dolphins, which are extremely endangered due to ever worsening water pollution. We thought we might try the boat ride later, but first we needed to find a restroom.

We asked a shopkeeper, who abruptly waived us off toward a yellow building. I was shocked to enter one of the stalls in the ladies room and find a hole in the floor. There are no toilets. Seriously.

After making the best of that situation, we headed into the village to see what we could see. It's a few streets of very run down shacks, the waterfront shacks being on stilts. Some are aluminum, some wood, some concrete. Some shacks are retailers and some are homes, and some are a combination of both.

Old rickety boats line the waterways. The mid town market area reeks like fish, and you'll find live and dead sea creatures for sale in every direction - not much else ... a few trinkets very occasionally.

Realizing that the fish comes out of the very polluted water quashes the notion of sampling anything on the menu at one of the waterfront "restaurants". We watched a retailer stick her bare hand in a plastic bag to rearrange some dried fish she was selling, and then reseal the bag and place it back on the rack for sale. Ugh.

We ambled for about an hour from one end of town to the other and finally left when we couldn't stand the smells anymore.
Had we known what Tai O is really about, we'd have most likely chosen to visit something else.

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