Tai O

Tai O

Tai O (zh-t|t=大澳) is a fishing town, partly located on an island of the same name, on the western side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Geography

On the main part of Lantau, a river splits to the north and west and at this fork lies the island referred to as Tai O. Two pedestrian bridges cross the river on its northern and western forks. The village is located mostly on the banks of the river. The western and northern parts of the island facing the South China Sea are uninhabited.

chool

There are two Kindergartens, one Primary School and one Secondary School. They are CCC Tai O Primary School and Buddhist Fat Ho Memorial College.

History

Nearby archaeological sites date back to the Stone Age, but permanent, and verifiable, human settlement here is only three centuries old. Stories that would be impossible to substantiate have Tai O as the base of many smuggling and piracy operations, the inlets of the river providing excellent protection from the weather and a hiding place. In early 16th century, Tai O was once occupied shortly by Portuguese during Battle of Tãmão. At nearby Fan Lau, a fort was built in 1729 to protect shipping on the Pearl River. Smuggling of guns, tobacco, drugs and people remains a documented illegal activity both into and out of mainland China.

When the British came to Hong Kong, Tai O was known as a Tanka village. During and after the Chinese Civil War, Tai O became a primary entrypoint for illegal immigration for those escaping from the People's Republic of China. Some of these immigrants, mostly Han Chinese, stayed in Tai O, and Tai O attracted people from other Hong Kong ethnic groups, including Hoklo (Hokkien) and Hakka.

Currently the fishing lifestyle is dying out. While many residents continue to fish, it barely provides a subsistence income. There is a public school on the island and most young people move away when they come of age. In 2000 a large fire broke out destroying many residences. The village is now mostly squatters huts and dilapidated stilt houses.

Tourism

Also known as the "Venice of Hong Kong", Tai O is also a hot tourist spot for both foreigners and residents of other parts of Hong Kong, despite damage by a fire in July 2000. The "pang uk", a kind of stilt house, built right over the waterway are still quite scenic. A rope bridge tended by local women used to be quite popular with visitors, but it has been replaced with a steel pedestrian bridge.

The traditional salted fish and shrimp paste and storefronts at Tai O. For a small fee, some residents will take tourists out on their boats along the river and for short jaunts into the sea. Many tourists come to Tai O specifically to take these trips to see Chinese white dolphins. It is also a good place to see the sunset.

Transport

Tai O can be reached by bus (New Lantao Bus) from the following places:
* Mui Wo - Bus no. 1
* Tung Chung - Bus no 11
* Ngong Ping. - Bus no 21

There are ferry piers on Tai O, close to Tai O Bus Terminus. It operates daily as the following routes connecting Tai O:
* Tuen Mun
* Tung Chung
* Sha Lo Wan
* Tai O

ee also

* Islands and peninsulas of Hong Kong
* List of villages in Hong Kong

References

* LIU Tik-sang, Siu-woo Cheung, "Tai O; Study of Local History, No. 2." Hong Kong: Joint Publishing Company Ltd., 2006. ISBN 962-04-2505-7

External links

* [http://www.hongkongphotographic.com/albums/tai_o.php Photo Essay of Tai O]
* [http://www.economist.com/cities/displayobject.cfm?obj_id=470643&city_id=HK Page on Tai O by "The Economist"]
* [http://indietrekker.com/video/tai-o Tai O: A Video]
* [http://community.webshots.com/album/79398081hhaDDn Pictures]
* [http://www.fotogb.com/yfho/taio Pictures]
* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlepillow/sets/1501682/ Pictures, a photoset on Flickr]
* [http://www.news.gov.hk/en/category/infrastructureandlogistics/050927/html/050927en06002.htm Boat anchorage]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Hong+Kong,+China&ie=UTF8&z=17&ll=22.254377,113.864214&spn=0.007169,0.014849&t=k&om=1 Sattellite view of the village on Google Maps]


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