Locals and visitors often overlook Tai O as a tourist destination. Ask any visitor outside of Tung Chung MTR station and you will expect them to answer that their top sightseeing destinations are The Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and Ngong Ping Cable Car. Tai O is just a stop-by destination because it is close to other travel hotspots.Though not as well known as The Big Buddha, Tai O is widely hailed as the “Venice of Hong Kong”. You can really make a day of it and enjoy the special fun it offers. Everyone needs a little adventure from time to time to spice up their days – with that in mind, let’s get off the beaten track and explore this fishing village in a different way!

Tai O Heritage Hotel

Take a half hour walk from the bus station to Shek Tsai Po Street. At the end of the road, you will see an iconic historic architectural building on the uphill, which is the Tai O Heritage Hotel. A new look is given under a government-launched revitalisation scheme. The terrace outside unfolds a stunning 360-panoramic view of the quaint fishing village, while the heritage information booth inside reveals Tai O’s yesteryear charm. After the visit, you can dine at Tai O Lookout, a fusion restaurant equipped with leadlight glass that serves both local and western cuisine. Order their special dishes with authentic village style, along with sumptuous dessert and special drinks while enjoying the panoramic view of Tai O fishing village. One can’t complain with such a stunning view!

Infinity Pool

If adventure is what you are looking for on this island trip, check out the “Infinity Pool”. Deep inside Tai O hides a wonderland where people are stunned by the legendary Infinity pool set against the backdrop of a spectacular waterfall over 100 meters tall. You can rarely find such amazing natural beauty in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong.

Shao-Lin Feast Dinner

When it comes to eating, charcoal-cooked egg waffle, barbecued squid and maltose crackers are always on the food checklist. But where’s the fun in everyone going for the same thing? For those who like to be different, venture out and take your taste buds on a journey. Nestled in a hidden corner, the Hong Kong Shaolin Wushu Culture Center is the place to go. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not asking you to practice Kung Fu. What I am talking about is the food court inside. There you can enjoy an authentic vegetarian feast which will guarantee to satisfy your appetite and cleanse your mind. A tip for you: you need to book the table one week in advance and there is minimum headcount requirement. For more details, please visit the centre’s homepage.

Some people also love to join the dolphin watching tour in Tai O. Personally, I don’t really like this idea, as the noise emitted from the engine of a sampan can affect the dolphin’s living conditions. As we all know, Chinese white dolphins are an endangered species. If we want our next generation to meet these adorable creatures, the only thing we can do is leave them in peace.

Date: 2014-09-12