Tai O is called the Venice of the East because of its fishing village culture.
In 1940s, there were 500-600 fishing boats anchored at Tai O. So it was one of the four biggest fishing villages in Hong Kong. Different from others, Most Tai O fishermen lived on the stilt-houses on the banks of the river.
Apart from using sampans to commute, they used a rope-drawn ferry, which was powered by the hardworking ladies’ pulling actions, to cross the river. That interesting transportation was Tai O’s icon.
In 1996, a new bridge offered a happy retirement life to the ladies. The free bridge also offered convenience to the public, although it caused the loss of an attractive tradition.
Today, tourists can still take the boat ride to enjoy the disappearing fishing village culture.
Want to visit Tai O? You may find Frank the tour guide!