A rare community of fisherfolk who have built their homes on stilts above the tidal flats for generations. Browsing in the temples, stalls, and shops around Tai O is always a lot of fun. Be sure to check out the locally produced shrimp paste and salted fish for a unique culinary experience. Take bus no. 11 (around 1 hour) at Tung Chung Bus Terminal or blue taxi (around 40 minutes).
With roots tracing all the way back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Tai O Fishing Village oozes history and heritage. Home to the Tanka people, a community of fishermen who traditionally built their homes on stilts above tidal flats, the village is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Lantau. Boats navigate the channel between houses, stirring up the smell of the sea and offering great photo ops. But Tai O has so much more to offer than snaps for your Instagram feed. Some entrepreneurial locals have turned their stilted homes into restaurants and cafes including Solo, which serves a range of teas, specialty coffee, and homemade cakes.
The Tai O Fishing Village on the Western coast of Lantau Island is a quaint and picturesque village, with the traditional stilt houses predominant of the old Southern Chinese fishing villages, one of the few remaining places where you can still see them in Hong Kong.
With its pretty setting on the coast framed by the mountains, and all the activity surrounding the harbor, the traditional seafood market, and the daily life in the stilt houses, it is a photographers dream and definitely worth the trip from Hong Kong.
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