Tai O, located in the northwest of Lantau Island, is known as the “Venice of the East” and is the most famous active fishing village in Hong Kong. Dating back to the Stone Age, there has been an archaeological site near Tai O – Yim Tin Tsai. Later, local Hong Kong ethnic groups including the people of Later Han, Tankas, Hoklo people and the Hakka live in Tai O, and live by fishing.
Pang Uk (Stilt house)
After all these years, Tai O still preserves the tradition of a fishing village of the old days – building pang uk (stilt houses) on the waterways to live in. These numerous pang uk, crisscrossing waterways and wooden bridges make Tai O the most unique landscape in Hong Kong. The traditional pang uk is designed with reference to the concept of a fishing boat. The head of the pang uk is the place where fishermen work and rest, and the tail of the pang uk is used to dry salted fish, kelp and other seafood.
You can take a boat tour to Tai O and enjoy the Pang Uk up close. Alternatively, you can take a walk in the fishing village and enjoy the scenery of Tai O fishing village. Don’t miss Local Specialty Market at Tai O, you can smell the salty scents of shrimp paste, shrimp roe seasoning and different seafood. Charcoal Grilled Egg Waffle and Uncle Grilled Squid are some main features of Tai O.
Tai O, Lantau Island
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Route A – Bus: Take bus no. 11 from MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B to Tai O Bus Terminus. It takes about 50 minutes.
Route B – Ferry: From Tuen Mun Ferry Pier to Tai O.
*Pay attention to the ferry schedule
Auntie King’s Tai O Cultural Studio
Address: 54 Wing On Street, Tai O, Lantau Island
Enquiries: +852 2985 6118
Tai O Heritage Hotel
Address: Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island
Enquiries: +852 2985 8383
Pink Dolphin Sighting Tour
Enquiries: +852 2984 1414
Since there are still many residents living in Tai O, please keep quiet and be polite as a tourist so as not to disturb others.