Hong Kong, Outdoor Activity, Outlying Islands

Hiking: Tai O to Tung Chung

I've done this hike a few times in different directions, most recently from Tung Chung to Tai O (see this blog post here). It is a fairly easy hike as it is all very flat, just a little long with 13km. I started the hike by strolling through Tai O - I really like this… Continue reading Hiking: Tai O to Tung Chung

Hong Kong, Outdoor Activity, Outlying Islands

Hiking: Infinity Pool

There's a natural infinity pool on Lantau and it's not the best kept secret. Quite a lot people know about this place, so it was not surprising that it was quite packed when we visited it last Saturday. We walked from Shek Pik to Tai O (here's the full post) and just before we hit… Continue reading Hiking: Infinity Pool

Hong Kong, Outdoor Activity, Outlying Islands

Hiking: Shek Pik to Tai O

Yesterday I joined a group of fellow hikers who were all ready to explore the South of Lantau Island. We started off at the Shek Pik reservoir and walked parts of the Lantau Trail backwards, stages 7 and 8, to reach Tai O. The hike was 18km long and it was hot and sunny, so… Continue reading Hiking: Shek Pik to Tai O

Hong Kong, Outlying Islands

Christmas 2012 in the Tai O Heritage Hotel

I invited Patrick to spend a night at the newly renovated Tai O Police Station, which has been converted into a Heritage Hotel and opened in April this year. The hotel sits at the end of Tai O, overlooking the small fishing village. During daytime there are quite a lot of visitors exploring the grounds… Continue reading Christmas 2012 in the Tai O Heritage Hotel

Hong Kong, Outlying Islands, Restaurant Review

Review: Solo Cafe in Tai O

I've had heard about this famous coffee place in Tai O numerous times, but I've never been there. So Monica made sure that we stop at Solo so that I can sample the great coffee they sell there. The cafe is in one of the main streets, overlooking the water. If you come from the… Continue reading Review: Solo Cafe in Tai O

Hong Kong, Outlying Islands

Photography: Tai O People

What was really amazing in Tai O was the fact that we were there early – not early as in ‘first thing in the morning’, but early as in ‘before the tourists’ arrived. As beautiful as Tai O is, it is a popular tourist destination, often sold in combination with a visit to the Big… Continue reading Photography: Tai O People

Hong Kong, Outdoor Activity, Outlying Islands

Hiking: Lantau Trail Stage 7

We are still planning to finish the Lantau trail this year, but it is looking to become difficult - there are not many more weekends that Monica and I are both in Hong Kong and have no plans, other than to go hiking. But we'll see! We've got six stages in total and some of… Continue reading Hiking: Lantau Trail Stage 7

Outdoor Activity, Outlying Islands

Hiking: Tung Chung to Tai O

The other weekend I joined a Meet-up group hike from Tung Chung to Tai O. We were a group of 30 people, a mix of Chinese and Westerners all from different backgrounds. I've met students looking for jobs, people that have lived and worked in Hong Kong over 20 years, newly arrived people and others… Continue reading Hiking: Tung Chung to Tai O

Hong Kong, Outlying Islands, Sightseeing

Tai O and its famous shrimp paste

Tai O is famous for many things, including shrimp paste. When we strolled along the south side of Tai O we came to the shrimp paste producers. Shrimp paste, made from fermented ground shrimp, is a common cooking ingredient in southern Chinese cuisine. In Tai O, the makers grind down shrimp to ferment in large… Continue reading Tai O and its famous shrimp paste