Tai O

Tai O Fishing Village

Tai O is an old fishing village in the “New Territories” of Hong Kong. It is actually a small island connected to the west of Lantau Island by two small bridges. In addition to fishing, it used to produce salt from the sea water. With declining revenue from fishing, the main source of income now is tourism. It helps to be near the feet of the Big Buddha statue. (especially when his head is in the clouds to the right)

Tai O fishing village

Tai O fishing village

 

The small boats are the way to the big boat, work place.

The small boats are the way to the big boat, work place.

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Gateway to the sea

Gateway to the sea.

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fishing and the sea are the way of life

fishing and the sea are the way of life.

 

At least two boats are required for a Dragon Boat Race.

At least two boats are required for a Dragon Boat Race.

Here is one of the locals checking out a boat. Obviously an avid fisherman.

A decision to sit on the boat

A decision to sit on the boat

 

At the end of the dock, one more step.

At the end of the dock, one more step.

 

Success, how's that.

Success, how’s that.

Behind the waterfront property is a street of vendors and an interesting temple; actually two temples. The door on the left leads to the Kwan Tai Temple to honour the god of war and righteousness. The door on the right leads to the smaller Tin Hau Temple where prayers are made for a healthy and safe life.

A tale of two Temples

A tale of two Temples

The left was originally built during the Ming Dynasty 1488-1505. Prayers here are for the protection from evil. The right temple is more recent, built about 1722, in the time of the Qing Dynasty. The bamboo roof has to be replaced frequently, about every 20 years.

restored roof

restored roof

 

Tin Hau roof restored

Kwan Tai roof restored

Below is a satellite view of the village. Can you see the one bridge on the left? The other is off of the top center.

Satellite view of the village

Satellite view of the village

Please join me on a 3 minute boat ride to see the waterfront properties. I have a video saved on youTube for you. Click on this link: https://youtu.be/w_jjJaW2es4

Where do you want to go today?

 

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2 Responses to Tai O

  1. Ramya Rao says:

    Never been to Canada. Adding it to my must go list now. The pictures are tempting! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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