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Tai O VillageHong Kong SAR

Not far from Hong Kong’s very modern airport is an old fishing village with houses built on stilts. Visit this town for a glimpse of traditional life in China.

Although Tai O is less than 9 miles (15 kilometers) southwest from Tung Chung, the one-way trip to the village will take one hour by car, two by bus, or three on the more direct hiking route. You’ll feel as if you’ve traveled centuries into the past.

Over 300 years ago, fishing families lived on houseboats or on homes built on stilts above the tidal flats on the western side of Lantau Island. They fished in the rich waters of the South China Sea, in virtual isolation from the traders and sailors using the rapidly developing harbors of Hong Kong Island. Tai O is itself an island separated from the mainland of Lantau by two narrow rivers.

Visit Tai O to see and photograph the peaceful local culture. Walk across the manually operated pedestrian drawbridge to tour the small town of homes clustered along the rivers’ shores. Observe how the unusual houses seem to be floating on water at high tide, while at low tide they rise precariously from thin stilts stuck into thick mud.

Historically the town has been a center for salt production, illegal immigration and smuggling, but fishing has been a mainstay for the villagers over the centuries. Visit Tai O to see descendants of these families at work mending nets, sorting their catch and creating a specialty shrimp paste. As their children grow up, however, they often look for greater opportunity in larger cities, and the town’s population dwindles.

Tourism is important to the town. One landmark building, the Tai O Police Station, has been converted to a hotel and restaurant. Visit the Yeung Hau Temple, constructed in 1699, and a historically preserved building. Take a trip with a local boatman to see Chinese dolphins. Buy some shrimp paste and watch the sunset.

If you are in Central, the easiest and most scenic way to get to Tai O is by ferry to Mui Wo and then the Number 1 bus to Tai O. Alternatively, take the train to Tung Chung and then the Number 11 bus or hiking trails through Lantau North Country Park.

Top Hotels in Tai O Village

Tai O Heritage Hotel
Tai O Heritage Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Shek Tsai Po street, Lantau Island, Tai O Village

Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Ngong Ping 360, Tian Tan Buddha, and Po Lin Monastery. Cheung Sha Beach and Pui O Beach are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (286 reviews)

"Location is so beautiful and the history nice. The food is not really good, eat in town, many nice Chinese restaurant. Airco is centrally managed. cold during day and warm during night. Overall really nice to go there for a night"…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Tai O Heritage Hotel
L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre
L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre
4.5 out of 5
8 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan
The price is ¥5,656 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in Tsuen Wan, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tsuen Wan Park and Tsuen Wan Plaza. Maritime Square is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Hong Kong ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,916 reviews)

"Easy access, surrounded by shopping malls, Great view"…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

L'hotel Nina et Convention Centre
Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong
Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong
4 out of 5
88 Siena Ave, Discovery Bay
The price is ¥17,394 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Discovery Bay Golf Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Hong Kong Disneyland and Citygate Outlets. AsiaWorld-Expo ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (942 reviews)

"high performance of all hotel staff. express check in services. beautiful breakfast buffet . professional safeguards at swimming pool."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Tai O Village

Bali Holiday Resort
Bali Holiday Resort
2.5 out of 5
G/F No.8 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island
The price is ¥4,964 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Sok Kwu Wan and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ocean Park and Soho. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition ...

3.7/5Good! (14 reviews)

"間房乾淨舒服,值得一去"…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Bali Holiday Resort
Two MacDonnell Road
Two MacDonnell Road
4 out of 5
Two MacDonnell Road, Mid-Level, Hong Kong
The price is ¥10,463 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Located in Central & Western District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Peak Tram and Hong Kong Park. Lan Kwai Fong and Soho are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (435 reviews)

"The property treats their clients first class and gives great service."…"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2020

Two MacDonnell Road
The Jervois
The Jervois
3.5 out of 5
89 Jervois Street, Hong Kong
The price is ¥21,652 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

Located in Central & Western District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal and Soho. Lan Kwai Fong and International ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (242 reviews)

"This hotel was AMAZING. I’ve been a ton of places and I’d rank this place in my Top 10."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

The Jervois
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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