Date: 4th July, 2012
After boarding the bus from
Ngong Ping village, I made my way to Tai O village (HK$6.60 one way).
It was nice to see sights that are not commonly associated with Hong Kong’s usual glitz
It was a 20-minute ride (or so) to reach Tai O village
Touts approached myself and the other tourists to ask us if we wanted to go on a dolphin-sighting boat ride and tours of the village. I said ‘no’. They insisted the boats were on their “last trip,” but I’ve heard all this before from my travels across Asia. It’s more often a pressure tactic.
I just wanted to walk about freely
A LOT of dried (sea)food on offer
I had no idea where I was going.
Obviously plenty of fresh fish on sale here
Delivery guys were riding these nifty modified bikes(?) to transport goods through narrow lanes
This is pretty much how the village looks
Oh, is this where the market actually starts?
Pretty cool huh? 🙂
Dried seafood was everywhere
Barbecued shellfish topped with cheese seemed to be a bit of a specialty here
I was liking this place so far
I just kept walking
Don’t know if it was because of the summer or not, but seemed to be very little water up to the shore lines
So this is how they dry the squids
Maybe it was because of the time of the day, but not many of the village folk seemed to be out and about
Really tiny houses
Impressed to see even villages in Hong Kong have well designed playgrounds
Durian or jackfruit?
I walked back
Husband is a pig. The wife must run this joint 🙂
I walked back to the stream
I really had no clue where to go next, I just kept walking
Odd to see dry sight like this
Guessing their boats are stuck until rainy season
I decided to walk back
Will these stilts last?
“Snow White Spouse Wanted”? 🙂
I still had some time before catching the bus back to Tung Chung Station, so I decided to go for the boat tour. Not so much so for the dolphins, because more often than not, you barely see any. But I was so relaxed walking through the peace and calm of the village, I wanted to extend the feeling before I returned to the madness of Mong Kok.
The boat was just me and another couple
One of the ‘posher’ houses in Tai O
The boat turned around
We were now heading out to sea
We slowed down as we got away from the mainland
The boat driver stopped the engines and began to throw small fish into to the water to lure the dolphins out
None came. Wondered if there really are any dolphins in these parts. HK$20 they charge for this.
But I didn’t mind
I was even more relaxed sitting in the boat listening to the sound of waves
After a few minutes of floating around, the boat rode back to the village
Me, attempting a self-shot
I enjoyed the boat ride, felt even more relaxed by it
It was time to leave
There may be other villages like this around Hong Kong, but I still recommend a visit to Tai O when on Lantau island
I waited for the 6:30pm bus
It was a hilly ride back to Tung Chung town center (HK$11.50)
Never expected to see such views in Hong Kong
The bus picked up more passengers on the way and it was soon full. But it had to often stop and swerve to avoid hitting the cows on the road.
And they said it only happens in India! 🙂 Poor cows, grazing lands lost to urbanization.
Lantau island is home to many nice beaches. Making it the perfect weekend getaway for Hong Kong residents.
I wonder how long will it be before even the smaller outlying islands will find houses built on them.
A 30-minute ride and by sunset, I was back at the main bus station
Even though the day started very hot at Ngong Ping, I was still in a calm (albeit a bit tired) state because of my visit to Tai O. After six days of maddening crowds, neon lights, shoppers milling about in Mong Kok… I didn’t regret coming to a fishing village for a bit of serenity and a laid-back life. Tomorrow, I had to wake up early to go to Ocean Park and head to the airport by evening. My journey was coming to an end.
Next post in this series:
Hong Kong 2012: Last day in Hong Kong, and one day in Bangkok
Previous posts in this series:
Hong Kong 2012: Ngong Ping 360 cable car, Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery
Hong Kong 2012: Bird Market, Apliu Street Flea Market, Golden Computer Arcade
Photos from K-Pop Nation 2012 concert in Macau: U-KISS, B.A.P, SHINee, and Girls Generation
One day in Macau: The Venetian, Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral
Hong Kong 2012: Mong Kok’s many markets, and fireworks at Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong 2012: Tsim Sha Tsui, Chungking Mansion, Avenue Of Stars, and Kowloon Park
Hong Kong 2012: Gurudwara, and walking around Wan Chai
Hong Kong 2012: Views from Victoria Peak, day to night
Hong Kong 2012: Getting there