November 03, 2016

Tai O's Pink Dolphins and the Shouting Fish Vendor

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After hours of strolling round Ngong Ping Village, we finally decided to hit the road again this time going to a place that is not common to Hong Kong. We were off to Tai O Fishing Village. The village is a pure contrast to Central and TST – a 100 back to what Hong Kong was. Its purity and rurality was the reason I wanted to visit Tai O Fishing Village. I would have wanted to visit more of Hong Kong’s far flung villages but time was not on my side.



Another reason why some tourist are visiting Tai O Fishing Village are the Pink Dolphins. I mean yes, Pink Dolphins on the shore of Hong Kong and in the busy waters of Hong Kong and Macau. I also wanted to try this myself thus when I introduce the idea to my girlfriend Lana, she got excited and wild.

The bus ride from Ngong Ping was about 15 to 20 minutes will all the sceneries of the thick foliage of Lantau Island. You would see some hikers on the protected forest of the Island.



When we reached Tai O Fishing Village, there were some locals offering boat ride to see the signature stilt houses, decade old bridge and the Pink Dolphins. Tai O is called the Venice of Hong Kong. If Macau has the Venetian, Hong Kong has Tai O. The boat ride cost 25HKD each.





During our visit in Hong Kong Museum of History, I have learned that in this part of Hong Kong is where the Tanka people have settled. They are basically Sea Gypsies, as called by the Chinese and British. Most people in Tai O are either thriving in tourism or in the Fish industry. You will see many dry goods being sold at the market area.


The boat pulled off while the sun was up and strong. We first hit the stilt houses and made a roundabout of the so called Venice of Hong Kong. We were like students on a field trip and the boatman was our strict teacher. We cannot stand to take pictures because the boat will not balance. The result, I did not have a good pictures of the bridge and the stilt houses.




Later on we hit the open sea in search for the Pink Dolphins (sometimes white). I was in doubt that we will see the rare pink dolphins. Firstly because of the brown waters due to the construction of Hong Kong-Macau Bridge and secondly the passage is so busy for a dolphin watching.






My doubts came to reality. There was no pink dolphin on the vicinity. Later on I found out that the main reason was the time of our sightseeing, if you want to see pink dolphins make sure to visit before sunrise or during sunset. Hot temperature would prevent the dolphins to play and jump on air. A blogger, also from the Philippines, was able to see the pink dolphins in the afternoon. Lucky him.



We went back without the memories of the pink dolphins but of the massive development of the Hong Kong-Macau Bridge. They say that this would make traveling from Hong Kong to Macau easy but this will also endangers the life and livelihood of those living in Tai O. 


When we went back to the village we immediately explored it by foot. Well there is no other way to go around Tai O Village except by foot. I saw some bikes, but I guess those are owned by the locals. We first saw the Tai O Rural Committee Historic and Cultural Showroom where in we saw some artifacts and antiques. The entrance is free and there was no tour guide when we entered. I just look around for a while, took some pictures and proceed with the walking tour. There is no point asking the caretaker because they cannot understand English and I cannot understand their language too.   




Just outside the showroom is popular food stand in Tai O where tourist buys over-priced sliced octopus for a snack. We were hungry then that’s why we bought it. I saw this stall in many YouTube videos about Tai O. There is nothing special about the octopus snack but as a tourist I felt obligated to buy and try it out. Haha… it’s not me actually, it was my girlfriend who wanted to try it. I didn’t want to but she said why not try it we’re in Hong Kong anyway. So alright…




We walked down further under the intense heat of the sun. We saw a lot of dried sea stuff and souvenirs on the alley displayed for tourist.




Tai O is a Village with people thriving with sea crops thus dried fish are a common scene. There are also some fresh sea foods being sold at the market. There is this one lady in the market who shouted at me when I was taking video of our walking tours. Haha… I do not know why they don’t want tourist to take photos or videos of their good... This was the second time. The first one was in Ngong Ping Village. I wanted to make a sarcastic face in front of these rude Chinese then run for my life… haha. But my inner good says otherwise. Peace Chinese folks ;)






We walked till our tummy says it’s over, we have to stop and eat. We walked around to look for some food to eat but we lost our appetite for heavy food when we saw the cute egg waffle at the side street. A bottle of water and a piece of the cake were enough to make us full. I also saw this on YouTube videos and I must say that I liked this one compared to the octopus snack.




The walk in Tai O and the boat ride to see the pink dolphins are for me, it’s the way to see and feel the other side of Hong Kong. I would not trade it for a shopping in Mongkok or for a ticket in Hong Kong Museum of History, but if you have time, do visit the place. It’s an opportunity for you to commune with the local Hong Kongers and be shouted by them when you take pictures of their goods hahaha… But seriously, It a nice visit because you will see the other side of Hong Kong and you might see the Pink Dolphins in Tai O Village.  


How to go to Ngong Ping
  • From Tung Chung MTR Station take a bus to Ngong Ping Village or take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car.Ngong Ping Village.
  • Aternately, you can take a bust in Tung Chung straight to Tai O Village or take a bus in Ngong Ping Village to Tai O Village.

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