Tai O Fishing Village
My boyfriend and I spent a week in Hong Kong this March. I totally fell in love with the city. The skyscrapers, the crowds, the metro system – I loved everything about Hong Kong. Even the humidity! I’ll write a travel guide later. I’ll dedicate this blog post to the fantastic Tai O Fishing Village.
When I googled like crazy to find cool things to do in Hong Kong, Tai O Fishing Village really caught my eye. I just couldn’t wait to go there. The more I read about it, the more I wanted to go.
It’s located on Lantau Island, not far from the Big Buddha. It’s therefore perfect to combine a visit to both Big Buddha and Tai O.
Travel tip: Spend a whole day here. We decided to visit the Big Buddha first, and jumped on a local bus to visit Tai O Fishing Village afterwards.
It’s really a fascinating little village. I fell in love with the colorful stilt houses, even though some of them looked unsafe. That just added to its charm, and I couldn’t help but wonder what it was like to live there. Tai O Fishing Village has survived from typhoons, floods and fires during the years.
The Tanka people live here, a fisher folk community. The houses are built on stilts to keep the houses safe from tidal flats. You can walk around the village, due to the houses being interconnected. The people still living here are making a living by selling fresh and dried seafood which they sell at the Tai O Market. The locals still use the market, and the tourists love it too. We didn’t try the seafood – I was too busy taking photos of this picturesque village. I just loved walking around the narrow streets and even loved the smell of fish. It set a special atmosphere, which just added to the experience. Due to the many young people moving out of the village, it’s in danger of dying out. Nowadays, the tourists keep the village alive more than the fishing industry does.
Travel tip: Say yes when the locals ask if you want to take a boat trip. It’s so worth it! It takes about 20-30 minutes, and you really get to see the village. You might also see Chinese Pink Dolphins.
We didn’t have a plan, we just walked around for as long as we wanted. Since we combined a visit to Tai O with a visit to Big Buddha, we tired out after a couple of hours of walking. But, if you’re interested in spending a few more hours in Tai O, visit this link.
How to get to Tai O:
The easiest way is to take the MTR to Tung Chung station, walk out exit B towards the Tung Chung Bus Station. Hop on bus number 11 which takes about 50-60min, and pay by using an Octopus card.
Or you can hop on bus number 23 to Ngong Ping Village to visit Big Buddha and then bus number 21 from Ngong Ping Village to Tai O. When you’re going back to Tung Chung Station, hop on bus number 11.
If you’re feeling adventurous and are not afraid of heights, take the Ngong Ping Cable Cars to Ngong Ping Village. Unfortunately, the cable cars were closed for maintenance when we visited Hong Kong in March.
Have you been to Tai O and Hong Kong? I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment.