Quite possibly the worlds smallest draw bridge is in Tai O. Sun Kei street and Sun Kei Bridge are pedestrian-only streets, at most only ~2m wide.
If you find this bridge, just continue across and wonder the small little alleys and foot paths into the labyrinth of the stilt village.
Depending on the tide's cycle and the size of the boats, this little foot bridge is fully equipped with a hinged mid-section that raises for free passage.
Kwan Tai Temple is about as central in the village of Tai O as you can get. The temple is a modest one, but is rich with decorations and ornate tiles. It is small and only requires a few minutes to visit.
Built on stilts in a narrow creek channel, these house are the most distinctive characteristic of Tai O. They are inhabites mostly by the Tanka people, descendants of the ancient Yueh tribe who were Hong Kong’s first major settlers.
Built in the 25th year of Jiaqing reign of the Qing Dynasty (1820), the temple located at Fan Lau Tsuen of the southwest of Lantau Island honors Tin Hau – the guardian of the sea to form Tai O, Cheung Chau and nearby outlying island. Cantonese opera performancre is arranged when villagers celebrating the annual Tin Hau Festival.
Narrow lanes meander through tiny Tai O village. These little walkways are barely two metres wide and every once in a while, you'll see children playing and village elders walking through. Oversized signs hang and almost touch overhead .
Colourful Clan Banners fly overhead the village of Tai O. Traditions, customs and folks practices are pretty much alive in this place. It's almost as though time has stand still for this place while the rest of HK continues to evolve.
This is a simple temple for workship of the Sea God, and features a bell cast in the first year of Emperor Qian Long (1763), the same year the temple was built.
You'll see dried oysters and clams for sale everywhere you go in Tai O. They're ugly as hell but one wrinkled oyster can make the difference between a full-bodied broth and an ordinary soup.
And in those narrow lanes, in little nooks and crevices are shophouses selling dried seafood like fish skin, fish stomach and other stuff some folks won't dream of eating.
Initially, I thought that Tai O was built over a delta river but it's actually straddling a small sea channel between Lantau and a small island on which part of the village lies.
Everywhere in Tai O are little shanty houses precariously built on stilts with crude ladders leading to small fishing boats.
Salted dried fish, hang to dry in the hot sun on poles. Traditional method of preserving fish and a reminder that time stands still for Tai O.
The first thing that you'll see upon entering Tai O is a steel footbridge that has replaced an old rope ferry that was once operated by elderly women .
Unique place. It has been now the 3rd generation who is doing this. I am not sure what do you call in english but maybe, its like belacan.