"Tai O oozes with Rustic Charm" Top 5 Page for this destination Tai O by bpacker

Tai O Travel Guide: 33 reviews and 55 photos

In between helping my friend plan for a glitzy wedding in Hong Kong, my friends and I had little pockets of time for a breather. Well, one day, we decided to make our breather a little greener than usual and set out to the rural outpost of Tai O. While it's been dubbed the Venice of Hong Kong by hopeful tourist literature, it's certainly no more than a motley of slum-like houses built on top of wooden stilts. In place of gondolas are rickety wooden fishing boats, tanned descendants from China in place of singing boatsmen and glorious seafood restaurants instead of gelato stands. There's nothing remotely Venetian about this place except for the briny waterways and the raised houses. Still, Tai O has its charms.

Set against an impressive green backdrop of mountains, Tai O floats above the brown briny waters on stilts and is connected to the world via by a short bridge. Cross the bridge and you'll meander through narrow walkways where children play on tricycles, elders walk slowly on canes and locals hang out the day's catch to dry.

Ever frequently, you'll see boats chugging out to the sea, fishermen hoping to catch a boatload of fish and birds descending down on Tai O, doing the same. Little egrets are common visitors here, they stand by the mudbanks, greeting the local tourist on boat rides and catching small meals of fish at the same time.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Oozing with Rustic Charm
  • Cons:Not as Venetian as Literature Makes it up to Be
  • Last visit to Tai O: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Oct 19, 2006
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  • katalin's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2010 at 4:36 AM

    beautiful pictures, lots of info!

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    I loved this page. Thank you for being such an entertaining reporter.

  • THLIN's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2008 at 7:52 AM

    Maybe I should have spent more time discovering the tranquille side of HKG, instead of touristic sopts!!!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Great tips Glen! I hope your enjoying your new home as much as I am mine! How's life old friend? Any travel plans?

  • Mar 22, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    I love the way you captured the common worker doing his thing. The day to day activities of the people is something I rather enjoy experiencing when traveling abroad.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2006 at 1:17 AM

    Happy birthday, Glen, and all best wishes for 2007.

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2006 at 11:10 PM

    Flying flensed shark fins G... what a dastardly decoction!


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