Located at the western part of Lantau Island, Tai O has unique culture and heritage, quaint fishing village character and natural environment and is one of the most popular tourist spots on the island.
Renowned for its fishing village scenery, Tai O has retained most of its historical settings such as waterways, stilted houses and fishing boats. Of them, huts built on stilts in narrow river channels are the most distinctive characteristic of Tai O, attracting many local and overseas visitors.
Fishing industry aside, Tai O is also famous for the production of shrimp paste and salted fish. Besides, Tai O once occupied a prominent position in the salt manufacturing industry. However, the saltpans ceased operation in the late 1960s.
What’s more, the Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade is an activity that visitors can’t miss. On the 4th day of the 5th lunar month every year, locals row their dragon boats to visit 4 temples in Tai O, where they receive statues of Yeung Hau, Tin Hau, Kwan Tai and Hung Shing for worship. On the following day, the deity statues are put on sacred sampans towed by dragon boats to parade through Tai O’s waters. Apart from having been inscribed onto the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong, the activity was also inscribed onto the 3rd national list of intangible cultural heritage in 2011.
To plan your journey to Tai O, visit the "HKeMobility" website (https://www.hkemobility.gov.hk) or mobile application developed by the Transport Department, and insert your starting point to search for routes of different transportation mode. Alternatively, you may click the “Journey” button in the Google Map below.
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