We spent an interesting Sunday exploring Tai O fishing village, an incredibly unique part of Hong Kong. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine that you’re still in Hong Kong when you’re there. Located here on Lantau Island (close to the International Airport and Disneyland), yet feels like a million miles from modern civilization. In contrast to the soaring skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island, Tai O is quaint, charming and small scale.
We took Bus 21 (find the schedule here) from Big Buddha, down the winding roads on Lantau Island, to spend the afternoon in Tai O. Tai O is a fishing village on Lantau Island (actually, its own island just a tiny bit detached from Lantau…see map here).
We didn’t have a particular agenda and chose to wander our way around leisurely to discover the sites and sounds as we went.
We got back home by taking Bus 1 from Tai O to Mui Wo (schedule here) and then took the ferry from Mui Wo back to Central (schedule here).
We loved our day trip to a unique and memorable part of Hong Kong. This area is a must-see if you’re spending time in Hong Kong, especially if you’ve hit many of the standard tourist destinations and are looking to see a bit more of the authentic Hong Kong culture.
3 thoughts on “Tai O: A Side of Hong Kong You Need to See to Believe”
Sounds like a cool place. Maybe Tai O is a place to put on our list of places to go.
OMG – it really hasn’t changed 🙂 Went there in 1980 – it still looks the same 🙂
I love it for that reason! So much charm and history.