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A boat tour is arguably the best way to see Tai O’s stilt houses and canals. As you wander around the town, you’ll find vendors selling tickets for boat rides through the waterways.
Tai O celebrates Mid-Autumn in style! In the seaside fishing village, colourful local handcrafted and painted lanterns are hung during the 20-day festival in autumn. Both the Sun Ki Bridge and Tai Chung bridge make excellent photo locations.
If you happen to be in town for the annual Tai O Dragon Boat Water Parade, then you are in for a treat. The parade has been a religious activity for over a century, and was inscribed as an intangible cultural heritage in 2011. The sacred sampans carry statues from local temples through the waterways as part of this centuries-old tradition.
Cheung Choi Kee is known for their ‘husband rolls’. A Cantonese wordplay on ‘shrimp and pork rolls’, this mouthwatering treat is made from the famous Tai O shrimp paste lathered on pork filling and wrapped in pastry.
Fish balls, marinated cuttlefish, and tofu pudding are hard to miss at Fuk Hing Hong, a food stall located at the entrance of the Tai O fishing village. You know they’re good when locals also queue for their food.
Crossing Boat Restaurant’s balcony provides a great view of the boats cruising by Tai O while you enjoy traditional Cantonese dishes. The charcoal-roasted goose, fried cuttlefish patties and Tai O steamed rice wrapped in lotus leaves are our top picks.
You can reach the scenic Fu Shan Viewing Point by hiking 20 minutes along the Tai O Country Trail. You’ll be treated to views across the water, including the Hong Kong–Macau–Zhuhai Bridge.
Hiking from Tung Chung to Tai O will work up an appetite. For an energetic start to your day, follow the 14.3 km Tung O Ancient Trail (approximately 3.5 to 4 hours) along the northern coastline of Lantau Island from Tung Chung all the way to the Tai O fishing village.
Whether you’re staying the night, dining at their restaurant, or taking a guided tour, Tai O Heritage Hotel is not to be missed. Formerly a marine police station built in 1902, the historic building has been transformed into a boutique hotel and recognised by UNESCO. Take a free guided tour at the hotel or enjoy the afternoon tea set with Tai O delicacies!