After visiting Lantau Island's Giant Buddha, we made our way to Tai O, a fishing village in the outlying islands of Hong Kong. It's a relatively small place with narrow streets, where bicycles are a common mode of transport. It's a busy, hustling place with tourists but still much calmer and more relaxing than Hong Kong.
This is definitely worth a visit for some tranquility and different from Hong Kong. It's definitely changing and getting more commercial, trying to get the tourist dollars, but it is still several steps backwards, in a nice way. Admire the water views and enjoy the quaintness and charm of a small fishing village and of a simpler time and way of life.
We passed by some fishermen selling their catch from their boats to passers-by on land, conducting their transactions with long-handled nets.
The government wants to develop Tai O into a major Hong Kong attraction, which would be a shame, destroying its way of life for the local people. It's already changed from the tourists already coming here. See it before the character changes.
Tai O can be reached by ferry to Mui Wu, or take a bus or MTR to Tung Chung and then board a bus to Tai O. On public holidays there are ferries from Tuen Mun to Tai O.