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Take a tour with us away from the hustle and bustle of the city, into the place that is known as the “Venice of Hong Kong”—the century-old fishing community within Tai O. This village, which was the main entry point of refugees fleeing from China after the Civil War in 1949 by boat, is filled with stilt houses from the 19th century, temples built in the Ming Dynasty and a police-station-turned hotel that has been well preserved.
While this tour offers chances for locals, travellers and photographers to snap picturesque photographs, you’ll get to immerse yourself into the long history of this tight-knit community.
• Stroll through the village filled with traditions, from the stilt houses to the multitude of street snack haunts
• Enjoy a boat ride—admire the architecture of stilt houses and spot Hong Kong’s endangered pink dolphins
• Visit one of the last shrimp paste factories in the city and learn about its process before being served on the table
More info on TAI O:
Tai O – literally a big bay where ships can take shelter – is situated on the northwestern corner of Lantau, Hong Kong’s biggest island. In the old days it was an important fishing and trading port for southern China and for centuries, it was at the centre of industries such as fishing, salt and agriculture, playing host to their rise and fall. More recently in the second half of the 20th century, Tai O was a stomping ground for people from many walks of life, despite its relative distance from urban Hong Kong – while it might have been a peaceful fishing village by day, once darkness fell it turned into a haven for illegal goods and piracy. Tai O was also a place of refuge during times of conflict, witnessing countless tragedies.
Even though its best – and its worst – days are behind it, you can still experience Tai O’s glory through both sight, and even smell. Its residents still live in houses built on stilts, come rain or shine. The houses are truly a sight unique to Hong Kong. Popular souvenirs from Tai O include dried salty fish and shrimp paste, and while they may not be to everyone’s liking, their unforgettable smell will no doubt leave you with a lasting impression of Hong Kong’s last fishing village.