20 April 2019
I have always enjoyed visiting the Tai O fishing village on Lantau Island.
In the old days it was only accessible by ferry but with the new Airport we can take the bus there as well.
The main business of Tai O now is catering for weekend visitors and selling dried fish. The village has so much character and I always wanted to stay there overnight to capture the Sunrise and Sunset. Most times in the past we had to rush to get the ferry home.
I discovered on Booking .com a B&B place called Espace Elastique . The host Veronica was very helpful and served a wonderful european breakfast. She was born on Hong Kong Island but her ancestry is closely tied to Tai O. She also spent alot of her life in Finland. I do recommend people stay there to experience the island life and enjoy a lovely stay.
Anyway she lamented how difficult it was to run a business as there were few younger people around and her present helper was approcaching retirement age.
Indeed walking around the island all I saw was the shopkeepers, old people and their domestic help. This was an island of old people. Hopefully my B&W image reflects the demographics.
I think the HK Govt needs to have plans to rejuvenate the island as it is such an asset to the history and the tourism sector. Veronica isn't holding out much hope.....