David Lui Ping-ki, 60, works as a tour guide in Tai O and has lived there his whole life. His great-grandfather first settled there, and Mr Lui intends to spend the rest of his days in the village. David Lui Ping-ki, 60, has lived in Tai O his whole life. While some of his brothers and sisters headed to Kowloon and Hong Kong Island or even abroad for work, he remained in this rural part of Lantau Island. These days he works as a tour guide for the YWCA in co-operation with the Tourism Board and also takes care of his elderly mother. While Tai O in the 1950s looked largely as it had done throughout the Qing dynasty, in the past few decades it has modernised with housing blocks that are underused and a bridge built in 1996 to replace the traditional boat with a rope that was run by an old woman. 'People like to look back to the good old days,' says Mr Lui. 'But the population of Tai O is getting older. The bridge was needed so that old people who needed to go to hospital could be brought quickly to the other side.' Change is coming to Tai O. A new road is planned and the government has also highlighted a revitalisation scheme that would introduce new landmarks including a fountain to attract more visitors. Mr Lui welcomes the changes. He says the majority of residents do. But residents, including Wong Wai-king, who runs a private museum in Tai O, do not. While Mr Lui won't specifically comment on Ms Wong's views, he feels that the more that is done to help attract visitors and boost the local economy the better. The population is only about 3,000, and he says many young people are leaving. If more tourism projects could be set up, they might be tempted to stay. 'I give regular tours of Tai O to show the good old days,' says Mr Lui as he describes the famous houses on stilts, the creek and the history of the fishing industry and salt flats. He also provides visitors with an insight on the local flora and fauna including the native egrets, the dolphins and the mangrove swamps that have successfully been replanted. 'There are a lot of tourists who come on the tours, mostly from the UK, Canada and European countries including Germany. They want to understand our authentic Chinese lifestyles, our local customs and our Chinese delicacies.' Mr Lui takes them along the narrow streets where thickset Tanka women sit over bowls of shrimp and other types of live fish. Alongside them are stall after stall of fish and shark skin as well as a man selling waffles. Mr Lui stops to show where tourists can buy bean curd pudding and sweet potato pudding. While taking pride in his heritage he seemingly does not have a problem with seeing it change. 'That is progress,' he explains. 'At the moment it takes people 45 minutes to come here by road. It would be much better if that was reduced to 15 minutes: more people would come. I like the idea of beautiful landmarks to add to Tai O. It will mean more attractions for visitors.' While many residents and their ancestors in the village were fishermen or worked on the salt flats in the thriving salt industry that lasted until the end of the 1960s, Mr Lui's grandfather was a grocer. 'It was my great-grandfather who settled here first. So we have been here for several generations. My grandfather used to sell everyday necessities to the fishermen. He saw the demand and that there was a market for selling those essentials for them to take on the boats such as rice and other food.' Mr Lui's father was a postman who also used to help illiterate villagers with their correspondence. 'My father had a little education. So he helped the villagers write letters and helped deliver the correspondence,' Mr Lui said. While many other family members have left Tai O and only return for gatherings of relatives - often at Lunar New Year or other festivals - Mr Lui sees the village very much as his home. 'It is my moral obligation to look after my ageing mother. Also I have been living here for so long. Tai O is my ancestral home. I like the people and the culture here, the fresh air and the very low crime rate. I intend to stay here for the rest of my life.'