A century ago this mostly Tanka Village on the west coast of Lantau was an important trading and fishing port. Mostly salt and fish was exported to China, but as recently as the 1980's it traded in illegal
immigrants brought from China in long narrow boats, and sending back contraband such as refrigerators,
radios and tv's to the mainland.
|Today Tai O is mostly a tourist destination. Some older people still make their living duck farming,|
fishing, and making the village's well known shrimp paste.
|This narrow foot bridge connects the island to Lantau. Until the mid 1990's the only way to cross|
was via a rope-tow ferry pulled by elderly Hakka women.
|Another thing they are known for is processing salt fish, which you can definitely smell as you |
walk along the market.
|A sand crab just waiting for someone to consume him!|
|We couldn't figure what these were, but they sure cost a lot!|
|If you're not hungry for squid, why not have some shark!!|
|Hau Wong Temple with neat statues along the top.|
|Snacking on fruit as they walk along.|
|The sign says Snow White Spouse Wanted!! Not sure how she and her many dwarfs fit in but then you are never quit sure about a lot of things here!|
|Locals enjoying a game of Mahjong.|
|Checking out an alleyway! Some of the shacks are made with corrugated iron held together|
|This old couple were trying to fish a woven basket from the bottom of their boat!|
|Grandpa and his faithful companion (who looks so tall there!)|
|A treat to finish the visit to Tai O with!|