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Tiny bridges and backstreets in the village Tai O, Hong Kong 19 Feb 2017

Posted on 19 Feb 2017
Wooden bridge to small homes made from iron, aluminum houses stand on wooden stilts in the village Tai O, Hong Kong
Wooden bridge to small homes made from iron, aluminum houses stand on wooden stilts in the village Tai O, Hong Kong
Wooden bridge to small homes made from iron, aluminum houses stand on wooden stilts in the village Tai O, Hong Kong

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After sunset, before darkness falls, the light reflects blue off of the aluminium houses in Tai O fishing village, Hong Kong. The village spans the creek between Tai O Island and the western flats of Lantau Island. Tanka (boat people) have built their homes on stilts here, where the Tai O creek and Tai O river meet, so they can continue their traditional livelihood, fishing.

The aluminium houses are interconnected with wooden bridges. A rope-drawn ferry operated for 85 years, allowing people to cross the creek that separated the village until it was replaced with a wooden draw-bridge. Mountains create a picturesque backdrop to this village built in the coastal wetlands. 

Visit the town's seafood market and take a boat ride around the houses by adding a day trip to any of Insight Guides' trips to Hong Kong.

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