On Tuesday, after our initial introduction to the city, program, and Hong Kong University [HKU], the head of the department took us out to Tai O — a more rural area where there is still a lot of fishing going on, and tourism is growing. It was really beautiful, and there were so many different [good and bad] smells — I wish I could capture them!
We took one of the metro lines to the end, and ended up in a quasi-suburb called Tung Chung, and then grabbed a public bus for an hour or so out into what seemed like the middle of nowhere.
The government built housing towers here in the 1980s or 1990s, but people liked living in their stilt homes more. The community is actually very cohesive and navigable, which I would not have guessed until hiking through it. Hi mom!
Apparently all of the vegetation that is currently on these hills was reintroduced after the British cut it all down for construction and firewood at the beginning of the 20th century, when there were several wars they had to attend to. Market street in Tai O Coconut tart sogoood! Fish drying on the bridge Temple in the main plaza There were several of these shared outdoor living rooms; very cozy and colorful Mailbox on a stilt houseEmergency call, fire hose, street signs and bulletin board for the stilt home community A different side of the town, with more modern homes