Disappearing Village on Water
I posted 2 photos of Tai O - the Village on Water in May. Yesterday, I visited to the village again.
My friends and I went to Mui Wo by ferry, then took a bus to Tai O.
Since we took some time to walk around Mui Wo, it was also 5 p.m. when we arrived at Tai O bus station. That was a little bit late. All of the bus tour groups had left. The street was not crowded with tourists. The village was quiet and peaceful. A few children were playing near the bus station. Tai O is been modernizing. There is a contruction site next to the bus station. There will be some tall buildings on the area behind the boys in the future.
There were some fishing boats parked near a pier. There are two piers in Tai O. The east pier is near the bus station. Modern ferry and fishing boats always parked there. The west pier is mostly for boat tours. Boat tour normally is a trip to see the Rock of General and to Chinese White Dolphin.
We walked to the west pier. As I passed a "Pan Uk" - (棚屋) the house build on water, I was attracted by sticks piled up outside the house.
Although Hong Kong is a modern city, some people in Tai O still use wood to make fire. The colour inside those sticks were bright and orange, but the bark is rough and lighter than the inner part of sticks. When we were taking photos for those sticks, the photo is at the top of this post, the mistress of the house just went home. She asked me if we were interested in going inside her house. Why Not!
The mistress is a very friendly woman. She and I had a delightful long convensation about the changes in Tai O and our prespectives on living in Hong Kong when my friends were taking photos. Next to the kitchen on her right, there is a cage for raising chickens. However, there has been no more chicken in it since the outbreak of bird flu 3 years ago.
Leaving the house, we continued to head to the west pier. It was getting dark, and the street lights had already been on.
After visiting the pier, we rushed to the east to visit Sun Ki Bridge. The village is divided by a river to the east part and the west part. The bus station and the east pier are at the east part of village.
When villagers cross the river to go to the other side of village, they say that they "過對面海" - cross the sea. When we "crossed the sea", boats and villagers had arrived home. Smoke came out from chimneies. That was the end of another day.