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The amazing Tai O Fishing Village
I have always been fascinated with Tai O since I was a kid and it has not changed much since then either other than it is now easier to get there.
It is a long way from town but just a short ride on a bus (or take a taxi) from Ngong Ping, home to the Big Buddha so you can cover both places on the same day.
In a nutshell you should allow for 8 hours to cover both the Big Buddha and Tai O and that includes transport to and from Lantau Island but by golly it is worth it - during the week it can be very quiet in Tai O but it can be overrun on a weekend and somewhat surprisingly the people that visit are local Hong Kong residents (mainly older folk).
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Stepping back in time at the Tai O Fishing Village
The attraction of Tai O is essentially that it is as if time has stopped still and the bicycle is a major mode of transport along with walking.
Many visitors to Tai O like to take a boat trip around the village, this is something I do NOT do, Tai O is not that large and it is simply a much better experience if you WALK around, so much more to see and you get up close and personal with what village life is all about here.
Please also note that Tai O is not unique when it comes to the houses on stilts, there are a lot of "fishing village" communities around Hong Kong that are quite similar but a lot smaller and very difficult to access.
Tai O to me these days is more of a retirement community, it is so far away from town that a daily commute would be difficult and job prospects in Tai O generally revolve around working in shops and restaurants and you have to deal with a quiet working week and a madhouse / busy weekend.
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The slow pace of life at Tai O
A slow pace of life really sums up Tai O particularly if you are visiting on a Tuesday afternoon during a normal working week.. this makes it easier to absorb what Tai O is about... as a fishing village it is dead, industry is basically making shrimp paste (which will put hairs on your chest) and I am pretty certain that smuggling (cigarettes primarily) is a major nocturnal activity for most residents (you will notice that most of the lightweight boats have massive outboard engines which allow them to outrun Police boats).
Whilst walking around the village you come across many old crones sat in little groups giving the gimlet eye to visitors whilst discussing the property market and the bull run over the last 12 months on our stock market.
There are plenty of places to get snacks and drinks so no issues there and there are plenty of places to just sit and watch the world go by.
So if you are looking for a fabulous day out then book one of my 8 hour (full day tour) private tours and request a visit to the Big Buddha and the Tai O Fishing Village.
Oh my golly gosh, the simply amazing Pagani Zonda Absolute - this is a custom made car and is rumoured to be the only one of it's kind in the world and it is in Hong Kong!... oh... and yes, this is my picture, talk about being in the right place at the right time.