Tai O Time
Just southwest of the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong
lies the lovely island of Lantau. Once populated only by fishing villages, this emerald isle now sports modern developments including the Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong Disneyland. But on a recent visit I was thrilled to discover a little corner of Lantau where the past is still palpable. The fishing village of Tai O has existed for over 300 years and strolling through its crooked pedestrian-only streets I felt the modern world simply melt away. Stray cats eyed the scraps left by fish cutters on the corner while children ran in and out of open doors to family homes which shared walls with Taoist temples. I made my way to a tea shop where I sat on a rickety chair overlooking the river while sipping ginger tea and wishing I could stay on Tai O time for just a little bit longer.