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TAI O

Traditional Tai O village is well located in the Pearl River estuary. As seawater and fresh water meet there, fishing is profuse.

Tai O is famous for its stilt houses. Are Hong Kong Island rents are too expensive? Then you should consider Tai O village but standards may not be the same.
Tai O
Tai O

In year 2014 Home Ownership Scheme flats with a surface below 500 sqf were sold below 1M HKD.

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Stilt houses are famous in Tai O village. Tai O is also called Venice of Hong Kong.
Tai O

Tai O village is a bit remote. Travel by bus between Tung Chung and Tai O takes around 40 minutes. Then another 30 minutes minimum from Tung Chung to Hong Kong island. It could take longer during the weekend as the queue to wait for coaches to Tung Chung is longer due to numerous tourists.

Living in stilt house is not easy. Fire can sometimes happen. Water supply was an issue. Tap water was not supplied until 1960s and 1970s decades.
Tai O
Tai O

Most local people still live in stilt houses. They are often covered with tin foil.

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Tai O, old fishermen village, on Lantau island, still features some old traditional interesting houses.
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The Old Tai O Police Station has been reconverted in Tai O Heritage Hotel in year 2009.

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Tai O Heritage Hotel
Tai O Heritage Hotel
Tai O Heritage Hotel
Tai O Heritage Hotel was awarded by Unesco in year 2013 with the Award of Merit.
Tai O Heritage Hotel
The Old Tai O Police Station was closed in year 2002. Tourelle can still be seen.
Tai O Heritage Hotel
Tai O Heritage Hotel


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Tai O village features a few Earth god altars all over the wide area of the village.
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This altar lies at the entrance of one of the numerous sections of Tai O village.
Tai O
Tai O


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The old Hung Shing Temple in Tai O village was under renovation during year 2013.

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Tai O
The old Hung Shing Temple in Tai O village was built during the 18th century. It is located near the Hong Kong Shaolin Wushu Culture Centre.
Tai O
Tai O
Tai O
The old Hung Shing Temple in Tai O village was under renovation during year 2013.
Tai O


Traditional Chinese food like salted fish and shrimp paste - locally produced - can be found there.
Tai O
Tai O

Tai O village's food speciality is shrimp paste and also dried salted fish. Strong smell expected...

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Kwan Tai temple is located on the left and the Tai O rural commitee is located on the right.

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This shop belongs to the official hair stylist of Miss Universe Hong Kong 1976!
Tai O
Tai O
Tai O
Big spiders can always be found around June and July. Better beware when walking in forest areas.
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In the background, the bridge from Hong Kong to Macau and Zhuhai is under construction. It is passing near Lantau island. A part will go through an underwater tunnel to allow big containers ships to reach Hong Kong docks.
Tai O
Tai O

A third runaway on HK international airport is still under discussion. Environmentalists are concerned on impacts to rare pink dolphins.



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Besides the fishing industry, Tai O's salt industry was also famous. However, the salt industry ceased operation in the late 1960s.
Tai O

Nowadays, the disused saltpans have been turned into mangrove plantation.

Visitors can still buy shrimp paste and salted fishes from Tai O village.
Tai O
Tai O
Tai O
Normally stilt houses have a platform. Fishing material is repaired on this platform.
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People living on boats were classified as "Tanka" people. As stilt houses are not built on land, residents do not need to pay the land tax but then they cannot expect help from government.
Tai O
Tai O
Tai O
The small drawbridge Sun Kei Bridge was built by residents themselves without any government support. It links two opposite sides of Tai O village.
Tai O
Tai O village is in fact located on a narrow sea channel between Lantau and a small island on which part of the village lies.
Tai O
Tai O
Tai O
Tai O has currently a population of around 3000 people.
Tai O
Fishing boats are moored at the stilt houses poles. A small ladder allows to reach them.
Tai O
Tai O
Tai O
On the weekends, the narrow sea channel can be very busy with boats transporting tourists wishing to see stilt houses.
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30 years ago, many Tai O village homes didn't have running water or electricity.
Tai O
Tai O



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