"The village on stilts" Top 5 Page for this destination Tai O by sugarpuff

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Oh I do like to live beside the seaside...

A true eye opener! I've been to HK several times before but have never been out to its neighbouring islands. This time I went to Lantau Island which is home to this fantastic small fishing village. It is constructed over salt flats and a tiny offshore island. It can get extrememly popular druing the summer months with hundreds of tourists walking by each other every minute. Because it is such a fascinating place, the government has made it entirely into a tourist site. I don't know what the locals think about that as I'm sure they must be getting some kind of benefit out of that, but I certainly wouldn't want strangers walking round my back balcony. I must say that I DID feel strange walking past people as they sat outside eating or drinking of hanging their washing up...it just didn't feel right to be there.

Eventhough the place fills up with tourists, it has still managed to keep on much of its old character. There were several dried fish stalls and small cockle shops, mixed in with old temples and wooden houses. It was lovely walking through this little village, and I recommend it to everyone.

It's fairly easy to get there...what am I saying..it's EXTREMELY easy. You get on the ferry at the Outlying Islands Ferry Piers, at Pier 3 if Im not mistaken. The ferry took about an hour and 20mins by standard ferry and only about 30mins by express ferry. You can only buy single tickets, so it's quite expensive for a return trip. You'll be heading for Mui Wo, where you can then get bus #41 to Tai O Village or if you fancy a trip to the Po Lin Monastery first, you'll be getting bus #21. The latter route however is quite infrequent, so make sure you check the timetables when you arrive. I remember when we went to the monastery, the bus left either half an hour later or two hours later....so watch out!!!!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Set back on a small island away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong
  • Cons:Would like to live on a house on stilts where tourists come round everyday!?
  • In a nutshell:A nice place to visit, not so great to live...
  • Last visit to Tai O: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jul 4, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    In Mui Wo you should catch NLB bus No. 1 for Tai O - or, better still, catch bus No. 2 to the Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery at Ngong Ping first. Then, afterwards, hop on bus No. 21 to Tai O.

  • iwys's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2006 at 12:32 AM

    So, were they even a little bit pink?

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2005 at 3:21 AM

    A gr8 service to prospective travellers here V so Xiexie ni. Must have been frustrating for you as being fluent in Mandarin having trouble with effective, fluent communication in Cantonese. Cheers mate.

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    Jan 11, 2005 at 5:18 PM

    I'll remember to give the finger to the sign without a finger. Before the pink dolphin business, Tai O's number one highlight attraction was the rope-towed ferry that carried tourists about 20 meters across a canal.


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