The ‘Venice of Hong Kong’ aka Tai O, the fishing village of Lantau Island was our next pitstop. Apparently this is the only remaining fishing village in Hong Kong. We took a 20 minutes boat tour (25 HKD), which I felt was a waste of money because neither we saw the interiors of the fishing village nor the Chinese/Pink Dolphins for which the tour was famous for. It’s better to walk around the village, observe the locals, relish the seafood snacks, and have a meal at stilt restaurants than waste money on it.
This quaint little fishing village with its stilt houses and miniature markets, can take you back in time. It seems like the modernisation of HK city, which is a few miles away has not touched this village as yet. An erstwhile fishing and trading port, the village today is left with its old inhabitants, while the youth have moved out in search of opportunities. A 20-25 minutes bus ride away from the Tian Tan Buddha, this picturesque village, surrounded by green mountains is a great place to experience the rural life in HK and also to eat some great, absolutely fresh sea food. The markets are very lively and sell all kinds of sea food, Shrimp past (the smell if very strong and free) and souvenirs, if you look carefully. Go here only if you enjoy seeing/eating sea food or can take the smell. The village houses two tiny but interesting temples. They are worth visiting because they are so old and steeped in history. Don’t miss the Kwan Tai temple, built during the Ming Dynasty in 1488-1505, honouring the God of war and righteousness. The island also houses a former jail for pirates, turned into a heritage hotel, overlooking the pier. The view and food here is worth the long walk.
A Fishing village. Boating, wonderful sea foods, a chance to see pink dolphins and not to forget the wonderful sunset