Tai O

Paddling superheroes make a splash

Tai O fishermen held a heritage-listed parade. Photo: Felix Wong

In Stanley it was all about beer and costumes, the athletes were in Aberdeen and for those wanting to see a century-old parade, Tai O was the place to be during yesterday's Dragon Boat Festival.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 11:49am

Tai O villagers safe after fire, but where's the money to rebuild?

Wooden poles jutting out of the water on Kat Hing Street on Lantau are a reminder of the stilt houses that sat on top before a fire cleared everything in its path. Photo: Felix Wong

A fire ripped through the stilt homes - built mainly from wooden planks and metal sheets - on May 2. No one was injured, but 10 families were left homeless.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:05am

Vulnerable Tai O in need of help

Fire swept through a cluster of the Tai O fishing village's famous stilt houses, leaving 10 households homeless. Photo: Nora Tam

Tai O fishing village is an enduring tourist attraction that owes little to the kind of extravagant spending and promotion lavished on theme parks. It thrives on the timeless appeal of a simple, traditional lifestyle that attracts residents and visitors alike. Unfortunately, a marriage of modern amenity with authenticity does not always confer protection from fire, storm and tempest, as we were reminded by the fire that swept through a cluster of the village's famous stilt houses and left 10 households homeless.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am

Gutted Tai O village's fire extinguishers not properly maintained

Thursday's fire, which destroyed a cluster of wooden stilt houses in Lantau Island's rustic Tai O fishing village, left 10 households homeless. Photo: Nora Tam

Records on pressurised water extinguishers in Sha Chai Min and Sam Chung in the Lantau Island fishing village showed some were last maintained in August 2010 and others in 2011. Labels on the extinguishers said they were owned by the Tai O Rural Committee.

4 May 2013 - 5:44am

Wooden stilt houses go up in flames at Lantau's Tai O

Stilt houses at Tai O village are engulfed in thick smoke and fierce flames yesterday. Photos: SCMP

No casualties were reported. Last night, about 10 households that were left homeless were put up by the Housing Department at the Lung Tin Transit Centre, on a public housing estate.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am

Tourists get fresh ways to sample Hong Kong

Tourists tired of shopping till they drop in Hong Kong will soon be offered some unconventional options.

These include sampling the city's most famous street snacks, learning to make traditional delicacies in a centuries-old fishing village - and even a cross-border cycling trip to a world heritage site.

29 Jan 2013 - 6:40am

Tai O: The Venice of Hong Kong is stilt standing

The stilt houses of Tai O are an iconic feature. Photo: Nora Tam

Weathered by storms, hit by landslides and threatened by Hong Kong's rapid change and development, Tai O's locals rely on their own resources to survive.

The 3,000 residents left out of a village population that once reached 30,000 have been using their history and culture to carve out a new way of life - without much help from the government.

10 Jul 2013 - 10:16am

Fishing village left to flounder

A HK$620 million government project announced five years ago to revitalise the old village of Tai O appears to have been suspended.

A cottage showcasing the history of the salt-making industry in the fishing community has been closed to visitors since its refurbishment months ago, as researchers lack funds for its operation.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Luring guests to new hotel shouldn't be a hard cell

The 110-year-old Tai O Police Station is back in business - this time as an upmarket hotel.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Business visitors lured to Lantau

From making salted egg yolks in Tai O village to learning kung fu from a shaolin master - the Hong Kong Tourism Board is promoting cultural activities on Lantau Island to appeal to business travellers.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Your experiences of delving into the past

Not all the heritage detective stories were published on the Young Post front page, but all teams showed they learned a lot from their projects. The interview process was a novelty for many. Approaching strangers and asking them to talk about their lives was exciting and challenging, and allowed them to build up their confidence. Engaging with elderly people was also full of surprises.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

HK$99m awarded to build Tai O river wall

12 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

We can improve our waterfront without ruining its character

I agree that some waterfront facilities are substandard and that there is room for improvement ('Waterfront facilities found lacking' , March 8). However, the unique character for the harbourfront must not be destroyed.

24 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

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What do you think of plans to revitalise Tai O?

I am writing concerning the Tai O revitalisation plans.

It is Hong Kong's oldest fishing village. Its distinctive stilt houses along the 15-metre-wide Tai O creek have led to it being called the 'Oriental Venice'.

29 Jul 2009 - 12:00am