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Why Tai O is special ?
The Tai O Fishing Village in the Western coast of Lantau Island is a quaint and picturesque village, with the traditional stilt houses predominant of the old Southern Chinese fishing villages, one of the few remaining places where you can still see them in Hong Kong.
What to explore at Tai O?
How to get to Tai O?
From Mui Wo take Bus No. 1.
From Tung Chung take Bus No. 11.
From Ngong Ping take Bus No. 21.
The ferry terminal is close to the bus station. You can go to and from
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If you are coming from Central on Hong Kong Island, then go to Central Pier 6 to Mui Mo and then take Bus No. 1. Central Pier 6 is next to the IFC Mall under the second tallest building on the island.
You can also go by MTR (subway). Go to the MTR Tung Chung Station, and then take Bus No. 11 from Tung Chung Town Center.
If you are coming by plane, Hong Kong International Airport is nearby on Chek Lap Kok Island on the northern side of Lantau Island. In 2008, it was the world's 12th busiest airport.
- Unhurried unique coastal village
- Very unique experience
- A different Hong Kong
- A quaint little fishing village
- Unique part of Hong Kong
Tai O, Hong Kong
Tips for you
A bus ride (or much shorter taxi ride, if you're willing to pay- our trip was around $60HKD and took 15 minutes) from the Tian Tan Buddha, the village of Tai O has enough tourist traffic to support a handful of curio shops, street food venders and cafés but not so much as to be over-run. The boat trips to see the "pink" dolphins and the village from the water (the village is famous for its housing, which is built largely on stilts, so as to avoid flooding when the tide comes in) was definitely worth the price (we paid $25HKD/person). A short walk into the residential section of the village is eye opening and fascinating. As you walk along the main path of the village, look out for one of the few cafés with a deck overlooking the waterway; enjoying a beer and the breeze off the water is a lovely way to pass some time.
We went around 10am and everything was still closed. By 11 they we're just opening and we were leaving to go to Tian Tan Buddha. Go in afternoon and maybe more bustling but I would personally skip
We took Lantao bus No. 11 from Tung Chung to Tai O . Since it's weekday, the fare is a lot cheaper (HKD 11.80 - around GBP1) than the weekend (HKD 19.20 - around GBP1. 60). Bus ride was quite long, it took us 1 hour to get from Tung Chung to the terminus Tai O. Bus runs quite frequently, so no worries, but better go before the latest 2.30pm, you would not want to reach there by night.It's a great place to look around, once you got off from the bus, you can smell the sea! We went for Dolphin speed boat ride, which cost HKD 20 each - appx. GBP 1.70), sadly we didn't get to see any Rare Pink Dolphin, maybe you got to see it in the early morning. But overall the boat ride is worth the ride as you also get to see all those little houses that sit right above the sea on stilts. Got some nice pictures as well.Somehow Tai O reminded me of Lau Fau Shan, maybe they all have countless dried seafood vendors.Would definitely go again if I want a day off from the hectic city.
There are many fishing villages in HK and the outlying islands but this is probably unique in that the dwellings are built on stilts. Quite interesting to wander round for a while. You can take a bus from Tung Chung or Ngong Ping - there are bus interchanges at both. (Don't forget that buses need exact change so of travel is a lot easier if you "buy" an OnLoan Octopus card - a stored value card which can be used on buses, MTR, Star Ferry.... even to pay for goods at the conveninence store. at the end of your trip just return them to the MTR Customer Service booth and they will refund the HKD50 deposit and any remaining balance. They retain an admin fee of a few cents) Anyway back to the village..... if you want to do the tourist thing you can hop on a boat and see Chinese white dolphins .... don't forget your silver umbrella, walking around can get really hot....
There are many fishing villages in HK and the outlying islands but this is probably unique in that the dwellings are built on stilts. Quite interesting to wander round for a while. You can take a bus from Tung Chung or Ngong Ping - there are bus interchanges at both. (Don't forget that buses need exact change so of travel is a lot easier if you