Located on the western shore of Lantau Island, New Territories of Hong Kong, Tai O is the most famous and anthentic fishing village in Hong Kong. It is partly built on Lantau and partly on a very small island called Tai O also. There are many stilt houses over water in the village, hence it is reputed as “Venice of Hong Kong ”.

Tai O was the earliest exploited fishing village and it has existed for at least several hundred years. It was once just a fishing port and garrison town. In recent years it has become a popular destination for Hong Kong residents and tourists. Visitors are advised to travel during the week as the weekends are particulary busy. Local people shuttle back and forth by small boats. The crossed watercourses and overwater shanties present visitors special countryside scenery.

What to See/Do: There are lots of historical buildings under protection worthy of a visit, such as the Yeung Hau Temple and the old Tai O Police Station. There is also one public museum and one private museum worth checking out. You can take a boat ride with a small fee to see the lovely pink dolphins (Chinese white dolphins). Though chances are rare, the view is well worth the price. Or you may take a walk through the narrow streets and take some pictures of the old buildings or the seascapes around.

The traditional salted fish, shrimp paste and fish maw you may find at the markets here are very famous far and near. The Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau Island stretches over 3,200 meters. It is one of the longest and the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong. On this beach are lots of matchless sea view restaurants. Various grills and marvelous desserts can also be found here.

In addition, the Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are nearby and you can visit theses two places if you have extra time.

Duration: Half a day
Admission: Free
Address: Northwestern shore of Lantau Island, New Territories, Hong Kong, China.
Opening time: It is open all day.
Public transport: Take MTR Tung Chung line and get off at Tung Chung Station, then take bus 11 to Tai O Bus Terminal; Take a ferry at No.5 pier of Central to Mui Wo, then take bus 1 to Tai O Bus Terminal.

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