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Tai O Hong Kong: A Day Trip to Explore the Traditional Fishing Village

by Ryu_C@Central Lion Rock

What is there to do in a day trip to Tai O?

I believe that for many people, Hong Kong is dominated by shopping malls, a place that is only suitable for shopping. Even if you ask a random Hong Kong person to tell them what attractions there are in Hong Kong, they will probably only recommend you to go to those in Central. , a large shopping center in Tsim Sha Tsui.

However, if you have enough time and can arrange a full-day itinerary, you may also consider setting off to some scenic spots on the outskirts of Hong Kong, such as Tai O, which we are going to share today.

Tai O, located in the west of Lantau Island, is simply a small community with natural scenery, traditional fishing villages and away from the city. In addition, Tai O is still a fishing village environment that retains floating stilts and is still in operation, and there are many cats resting on the street. If you like cats, Tai O should be the easiest place for you to meet cats on the street.

In addition, there are also many shops in Tai O that specialize in selling dried seafood and shrimp paste, which are very suitable for buying when visiting Tai O. If you also plan to buy some seafood to go home, you may find that the price of seafood is a little cheaper than that of Sheung Wan Seafood Street. The reason for this is probably because the seafood street in Sheung Wan is mainly imported from overseas. As for the dried seafood in Tai O, local Tai O residents use freshly caught seafood and then process it into dried goods. So the price will be relatively cheaper.

If you come to Tai O for the first time, you can start from the parking lot of Tai O Bus Terminal, and then concentrate on sightseeing in Tai O Wing On Street, Tai O Tai Ping Street, and Ji Qing Street. You will find many different types of shops, and easy encounters with cats.

Then in the afternoon when it is close to sunset, it only takes about 1 hour to walk from Tai O Market through Shek Tsai Po Street to Tai O Public Pier to enjoy the sunset. Along the way, you can enjoy the process of making shrimp paste in different shrimp paste factories, or go to the restaurant of the Tai O Heritage Hotel and take commemorative photos with the coastal scenery of Tai O as the background.

If you also want to spend an afternoon eating some authentic food, experiencing the suburban scenery of Hong Kong, and a different side of Hong Kong, Tai O is a very suitable place to arrange a day trip.

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Features of Tai O, one-day tour itinerary

If you also choose to start from Tung Chung to Tai O, you can take the bus directly and get off at the parking lot of Tai O Bus Terminal, and then start a day trip to Tai O.

When you pass through Longxuan Pavilion, you will come to Yongan Street, where you will find many restaurants and snack bars. Generally speaking, the prices of meals are not very high, and the prices are quite reasonable.

Then walk to the Iron Bridge to Tai O Market, and after passing Tai O Market Street, you can walk to Kat Hing Street. Jiqing Street is characterized by many small shops selling seafood, you can spend some time shopping here. And when you cross the iron bridge of Tai O Market, you can choose to go left to Tai O Heritage Hotel, or go right to San Kei Bridge.

If you have enough time, we recommend that you visit both sides once, so that you can fully experience the scenery of the entire Tai O water town.

Traditional Fishing Village Experience in Tai O

As long as you walk into the community of Tai O, you will find that Tai O is still a traditional community that is still in operation, and still retains many living habits handed down from the former fishing village.

For example, you can take a photo with a dragon boat outside the Tai O Fisherman's Image Museum, or learn about the living habits of former Tai O residents in the History and Culture Room of the Tai O Rural Committee.

Tai O AttractionsTai O Fishermen Image Gallery
Tai O Fisherman's Video Gallery at Wing On Street, Tai O. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Tai O Attractions Tai O Dragon Boat
In the History and Culture Room of the Tai O Rural Committee, many tools used by the residents of Tai O in their daily life are displayed. (Click to enlarge the picture)

In addition, because Tai O is a place that specializes in selling dried seafood, you can easily see that the store is full of different kinds of dried seafood.

Tai O Scenic Spot Dry Seafood Market
A dry seafood shop on Wing On Street in Tai O. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Also because Tai O is still a relatively traditional community, many shops are used to enshrining different gods, so you can easily see the altars dedicated to the gods next to the shelves of seafood.

Tai O Scenic Spot Dry Seafood Market
Probably only in Tai O, there will be a picture of the altar dedicated to the gods and the goods put together. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Tai O Scenic Spot Dry Seafood Market
In Tai O, you can easily find this type of dry seafood store. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Tai O Scenic Spot Dry Seafood Market
Although the design of the store seems simple, there are also many high-end dried seafood for sale. (Click to enlarge the picture)

The scenery of Tai O market

When you walk through the suspension bridge to the Tai O market, you can choose to take a small boat out to sea to admire the white dolphins, or head towards the Tai O public pier. Along the way, you will pass some dried seafood stores, traditional Tai O houses, and have the opportunity to personally Learn about the design of a water hut.

Tai O Attractions Tai O Railway Bridge
After crossing the suspension bridge from Wing On Street in Tai O, you can reach the shops in Tai O Market Street. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Tai O Attractions Tai O Railway Bridge
Near the suspension bridge, you can take a small boat out to sea to enjoy the white dolphins. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Tai O Attractions Tai O Hengshui Ferry
A dinghy setting off to see white dolphins. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Tai O Scenic Spot Dry Seafood Market
A dried seafood shop in Tai O Market Street. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Turn left from Tai O Market Street, which is the direction to Tai O Heritage Hotel. Along the way you can see homes of different designs, from floating shacks to bungalows. And there is also a large shade of trees here, which is a very suitable place for walking.

Tai O AttractionsTai O Architecture
In addition to water stilts, there are actually many one-story houses in Tai O. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Tai O AttractionsTai O Water Huts
The water shed is a major feature of Tai O. It is said that the other side can be directly connected to the boat. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Cats on the streets of Tai O

There are many cats in Tai O. Basically, as long as you walk from Wing On Street in Tai O to Tai O Market, you will always meet a few cats enjoying the sunshine. According to Tai O residents, these cats are fed regularly. So you don't have to feed the cats, and you don't have to worry about the cats being hungry, just teasing them is enough.

Tai O attractions Tai O cats
Cats on Wing On Street in Tai O. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Tai O attractions Tai O cats
Cats in Tai O Market Street. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Tai O attractions Tai O cats
Cats on Shek Tsai Po Street in Tai O. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Tai O attractions Tai O cats
Cats on Shek Tsai Po Street in Tai O. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Where to stay in Tai O

When you walk to Tai O Public Pier, you will arrive atTai O Heritage Hotel. The predecessor of Tai O Heritage Hotel is Tai O Police Station, which has a history of more than 100 years. The attraction of Tai O Heritage Hotel is the restaurant Tai O Lookout located in the hotel. Because the glass-roof restaurant Tai O Lookout on the first floor allows you to enjoy the coastal scenery while dining. You don’t have to stay at the Tai O Heritage Hotel, but you can also experience the endless sea view.

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Tai O Stay Tai O Heritage Hotel
The Tai O Heritage Hotel next to the Tai O Public Pier is a perfect place to enjoy the sea view. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Tai O Attractions Tai O Sunset
Sunset view from outside the Tai O Heritage Hotel. (Click to enlarge the picture)

In addition to enjoying the sunset at the Tai O Public Pier, you can also enjoy the sunset next to the water huts near Shek Tsai Po Street. I believe you will experience a different feeling.

Tai O Attractions Tai O Sunset
Sunset taken from Shek Tsai Po Street. (Click to enlarge the picture)

How to get to Tai O

If you are starting to Tai O for the first time, you can refer toTai O Traffic Planning, and choose a transportation plan that is most suitable for you to go to Tai O. Generally speaking, we recommend taking the bus or the Ngong Ping 360 cable car from Tung Chung MTR Station, so that you can visit different scenic spots on the same day and have both urban and suburban sightseeing experiences at the same time.

Tai O Transportation Tung Chung connects Tai O New Lantao Bus Route 11
From Tung Chung MTR Station, you can take a bus to Tai O. (Click on the picture to see more)
New Lantao Bus Route 21
After taking the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, you can also transfer to a bus to Tai O. (Click on the picture to see more)
Tai O Transportation Tung Chung to Tai O by boat
If you are starting from the New Territories, you can also choose to take a ferry directly to Tai O. (Click on the picture to see more)

Summarize

If you have never been to Tai O, we highly recommend that you arrange an afternoon to visit. For those who love cats, Tai O is a must-see attraction. To be honest, in Hong Kong, a place with very heavy traffic, it is not uncommon to see cats walking freely, let alone the chance to see a few cats gathering together to enjoy the sunshine.

If you plan to go to Tai O on weekends, you can take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car from Tung Chung, and then take the bus to Tai O. In this way, you can satisfy your desire to enjoy the sea view, experience delicious food, and visit cats.

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