December 28th, 2007 – by: row-zzzzz
Tai O Fishing Village
Tai O Fishing Village (大澳) is a peaceful fishing harbour. Salted fish is their local specialty (though infested with houseflies sitting on dried or fresh fish ... eat at your own risk or just take memorable pics). Tai O was once the largest city on the island and in the 1970s and today the town is a tourist attraction. Tai O fishing village is situated on a river mouth, the village will give you 'traditional Chinese living'. The citizens here are mainly the Tanka people who are descendants of Hong Kong’s first settlers.
Freshly cut and ready to purchased ... my family questioneed their way of life ... what's a few extra minerals etc. LOL
I must say the smell is so distinct it will remain with me forever. The Tai O Fishing Village is surrounded with cluttered houses built on stilts and fishing boats. Look closely at one of my photos, a grandmother sits, relaxing in her chair; the traquility is everywhere, no where do I sense 'the rush of city life'. Prices there for souvenirs are very fair and even then you can negotiate the price; your souvenir will embrace the distinct smells that this fishing village carries. You realize just how lucky you are when touring this simple fishing village! But who determines 'lucky', if the people living here are content and happy, that in the end is what counts!!!!
I walked through the village with curiousity and wonder .
.. their way of life is so different from my way of life ... the whole group tried to hold their facial expressions of their overall impression ... if you're an avid cleaner this is not the place for you ... but it certainly put some understanding to third world living ... I have only seen the very poor on TV ... when facing it, seeing the girl waiting for someone to buy the food she's in charge of, watching the ladies clean shrimp etc. with their hands, setting up their fresh fish for prospective buyers, well I had to stop and buy a dragon ... it was only $20 RmB about $2.67 in Canadian $ ... why bargain down, I knew it was worth at least that ... the smell lingered on my fingers holding and looking at this souvenir I purchased ... A tourist I met from Spain, a lady, always was wondering where I was and would come around the corner and make sure I got 'my butt' on the bus ... I want to bring my husband Dan here for the experience and to see life as it was back then and still is today!!!
Name that food??
I have to return and bring my family here.