This stilted fishing village on the tidal flats of Lantau’s western coast is a step back in time to when simple wooden houses lined the shores of southern China, and fisherman came and went with their catch. The Tanka people who dwell there have been fishing the region’s waters for generations. Framed by distant mountains, the colorful harbor is dotted with small boats. There’s a mini manually operated drawbridge that spans the narrow creek dividing Tai O and it's raised when bigger boats need to pass underneath. The town’s traditional seafood market is something to see (and smell)—all manner of dried marine creatures are for sale as well as buckets and bins of slithery creatures freshly plucked from the sea and often still moving.