TAI O, Fishing Village on Lantau Island, Hong Kong – Part 1
Remotely situated at the west side of Lautau Island, Tai O is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hong Kong. Despite touristy, Tai O’s iconic stilt houses, shrimp paste factories, pristine wetlands, and its sense of rural community remind us of what Hong Kong used to look like a few centuries ago where the territory’s coastline was dotted with numerous fishing villages. Located at a coastal wetland where shrimps, mudskippers and mangrove forests once ruled, Tai O reveals a delicate balance among humans, coastal wildlife and the mangrove forests. Unfortunately, due to urban development, much of Hong Kong’s precious wetlands are either in danger or completely gone.
A short walk from Tai O is the village of Yi O, where farmers reintroduce rice paddies and other organic farming back to Lautau Island a few years ago.
Between Tai O and Yi O, there are a series of coastal wetlands and pebble beaches open to the mouth of Pearl River.
In Tai O, shrimp paste and dried seafood still dominate the souvenir shopping list for many visitors.
Without the presence of chain stores and large supermarkets, each local store in Tai O still possesses a distinctive character along the main shopping street – Kat Hing Street.
Spontaneous art brut can be found throughout Tai O.
Among the various street food options on Kat Hing Street, traditional charcoal grilled egg waffle is definitely one of the most popular.
Apart from egg waffle, grilled squid is equally tempting.
Opposite from their street entrances, many eateries in Tai O have back patios overlooking one of the many canals in the village.
Many villagers remain in Tai O spend much of their lives in the village.
Metal sheds of various sorts can be found throughout Tai O, especially after the fire of 2000 when a great number of original timber stilt houses were destroyed.
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This entry was posted on November 6, 2014 by Blue Lapis Road. It was filed under Hong Kong, Outlying Islands and was tagged with fishing, Hong Kong, Lantau, sea, shrimp, Tai O, village, Yi O.
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