Tai O (traditional Chinese: å¤§æ¾³) is a fishing town, partly located on an island of the same name, on the western side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong – and it is where Lia and I found ourselves one afternoon, after taking an hour long bus ride from Mui Wo.
It was funny how, since I could not take photos of me and Lia together, or I could not take photos of myself, I would pose Lia on the “tourist attractions” and take her photos. I loved thinking of a possible blog post called, “Lia, the HK Tourist.”
Currently the fishing lifestyle is dying out. While many residents continue to fish, it barely provides a subsistence income.
Also known as the “Venice of Hong Kong”, Tai O is also a hot tourist spot for both foreigners and residents of other parts of Hong Kong, despite damage by a fire in July 2000. The pang uks, a kind of stilt house, built right over the waterway are still quite scenic. A rope bridge tended by local women used to be quite popular with visitors, but it has been replaced with a steel pedestrian bridge.
For a small fee, some residents will take tourists out on their boats along the river and for short jaunts into the sea. Many tourists come to Tai O specifically to take these trips to see Chinese white dolphins.
Historical buildings in Tai O include the Tin Hau Temple on Kat Hing back Street. Built in 1772, it is connected to the left of Kwan Tai Temple.
I know these are just flower pots but the place had been so… dreary, that when I saw the flowers, they stood out and I really just had to take a photo of them.
Yeung Hau Temple
This temple honours Hau Wong, a local court official from the late Sung dynasty in the 1270s whose real name was Yang Lianghie. A bell cast in the 38th year of the Kangxi (1699) was also placed in the temple.
Lia and I hung out for a bit here, along with three old Chinese men, who chattered nonstop!
Afterwards, I pushed the bored Trellia over to the Pavilion/Look out point. When we got there, there was really nothing to see. Bored Trellia did not like going there at all. Hahaha!
So we went back down in a hurry, walked through the streets back, tracing our path back to the bus terminal.
This was an interesting building. Outside it said it was an art and performance gallery that was also supposed to be a Bed and Breakfast. It’s still in the process of construction, but it looks really nice. I think it would be a nice place to stay when it’s done.
As per usual, there were a lot of bicycles by the bus stop. I loved that the locals here biked a lot. 🙂
By this time, Lia was bored to death and had wanted to leave the place. I ran for a bit towards the pier to take a quick shot.
Then finally, a last shot of the promenade.
Then we boarded the bus bound for Tung Chung. Lia and I both fell asleep on the bus ride. It was a long, tiring afternoon…