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Tai O is a fishing town, partly located on an island of the same name, on the western side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. The village name means large inlet, referring to outlet for the waterways (Tai O Creek and Tai O River) merges as it moves through Tai O. On the southwest part of Lantau Island, Tai O River splits to the north (as Tai O Creek) 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.
Also known as the “Venice of Hong Kong”, Tai O is a tourist spot for both foreigners and residents of other parts of Hong Kong, despite damage by a fire in July 2000. The pang uks, 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 in October 1996.
- A very unique fish village well preserved in the greatly modernized Hong Kong, must visit if you have time.
- Visibility to the sunset is great at different locations within Tai O, making it a great place for sunset photography.
- Tai O can be reached by bus and ferries, with vehicle access limited to drivers with permit.
- The place is extremely crowded in the weekend with both local and foreign tourists flooding it. Long waiting queues for buses expected between Tai O and Tung Chung.
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