Tai O, Lantau Island          大澳, 大嶼山
Tai O is located at the western end of Hong Kong’s Lantau Island. Here Tanka people have been making a living from the sea for many
centuries. Indeed, the Tanka and the “Haklo” are some of the earliest immigrant groups in Hong Kong, who were migrated from
Mainland China a thousand years ago during the Han dynasty.

The older generation of Tankas never received any formal education and are usually illiterate. Most of them are fishermen, but salt
production was another major industry and source of income to the village. The abundant source of salt also gave rise to another
unique industry of Tai O; the production of salted marine products like salted fish, salted shrimps, salted squids, shrimp cakes and
shrimp paste. These are still popular souvenirs for tourists and are well known worldwide. Apart from marine products, other food
products like duck egg yolks and vegetables are also preserved with salt. Although the salt harvest in Tai O ended in the early 1970s,
be amazed by the sheer number of stores selling both salted marine products and fresh seafood along Tai O’s crowded narrow lanes.

In addition to the many traditional houses and crafts, Tai O has also uncovered a “new” tourist attraction: For just a few dollars you
can join a 30-minute boat trip which takes you not only around Tai O but also out to sea in search of the endangered pink coloured
Chinese White Dolphin.
Traditionally clad woman crossing wooden suspension bridge in Tai O.
 
Typical Tai O scene...
 
You find salted fish hung up to dry or for sale almost everywhere in Tai O.
Elderly women in traditional dress crossing
suspension bridge in Tai O
  Typical Tai O Scene
  Drying Salted Fish
Tai O-s main thoroughfare...
 
Bamboo scaffolding at rest...
 
Hats for sale. Tai O, Lantau island, Hong Kong
Tai O's main thoroughfare...
  Bamboo prepared for scaffolding...
  Straw Hats
Pang Uk, the traditional tin covered wooden stilt houses of Tai O.
 
Pang Uk, the traditional tin covered wooden stilt houses of Tai O.
 
Pang Uk, the traditional tin covered wooden stilt houses of Tai O.
Pang Uk, the traditional tin covered wooden
stilt houses of Tai O.
  Pang Uk, the traditional tin covered wooden
stilt houses of Tai O.
  Pang Uk, the traditional tin covered wooden
Salted Duck Egg Yolks, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
Pang Uk, the traditional tin covered wooden stilt houses of Tai O.
 
Tanka Hat, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Drying Egg Yolks
  Pang Uk, the traditional tin covered wooden
stilt houses of Tai O.
  Tanka Hat
Old Brick House in Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
Old Brick House in Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
Old Brick House in Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Old Brick House
  Old Brick House
  Old Brick House
The lanes in the older parts of Tai O are too small for motorised vehicles, so goods are still transported on tricycles.
 
Tanka Hat and old Soft Drink Bottle Crates, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
Pang Uk, the traditional tin covered wooden stilt houses of Tai O.
Tai O Freight Forwarder
  Hong Kong Nostalgia:
Tanka Hat & Plastic Soft Drink Crates
  Pang Uk, the traditional tin covered wooden
stilt houses of Tai O.
Pagoda at Hang Mei Tsuen, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
Hung Shing Temple. Hung Shing, also known as Hung Shing Ye and Tai Wong, was a government official in the Tang Dynasty named Hung Hei serving Pun Yue in present-day Guangdong, China. He promoted the study and application of astronomy and geography, contributing to the well being of people under his governance, especially fishermen and sea traders. Unfortunately, he died young and after his death, fishermen in the surrounding area built many temples to worship him. An Emperor of Tang dynasty named him to be Nam Hoi Kwong Li Hung Shing Tai Wong, lit. the Saint King Hung the Widely Beneficial of South Sea. It is usually shortened to Hung Shing or Tai Wong. His birthday is 13th day of 2nd month in Chinese calendar.
 
Hung Shing Temple, San Tsuen, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Pagoda
Hang Mei Tsuen, Tai O
  Hung Shing Temple 洪聖
San Tsuen, Tai O
  Bell & Drum, Hung Shing Temple
San Tsuen, Tai O
A slightly more modern Tai O dwelling...
 
Interior of old-fashioned cafe in Tai O, Lantau island, Hong Kong
 
Pang Uk and Drying Fish, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Modern Tai O Housing
  Old-fashioned café in Tai O
  Pang Uk & Drying Fish
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