Despite having lived here in Hong Kong for the past three years, until last night, incredibly enough, I had never been to watch the horse races at Happy Valley. It was the last night of the season, so apparently it was much more crowded than usual, not to mention the fact that it was absolutely boiling; nevertheless, I found it to be a perfectly enjoyable and very Hong Kong evening. I can only imagine how posh it must have been in the member’s stands above, where air conditoning and crudite take the place of McDonald’s, beer tents, and stifling humidity- motivation, I suppose, to sell more clothes!
We’ve been getting rave reviews for the little guide to Hong Kong we wrote for visitors to jadaye (and the pdf version available for download in the “about” section of jadaye.com), and we’re already hard at work on a slightly expanded edition which you will be able to purchase at various spots around town in the very near future.
In the meantime, I bring you the first installment of an ongoing series of blog posts adapted from the guide of cool things to do in Hong Kong. So without further ado, here is Tai O, a great little day trip for vistors and locals alike.
Tai O, on the western side of Lantau Island, is a small fishing village surrounded by a river.
Local people come here by boat or bus. Some people call it the “Venice of the Orient” because so many fishing boats criss-cross the tiny habour everyday.
People in Tai O live in very special houses called “bamboo houses”: even the ones made of steel are supported by long bamboo stilts.
There are many temples in Tai O, some from the Ming Dynasty.
There is also a Kun Yin Temple: many fishermen come to worship Kun Yin everyday as she can bring them luck for fish hunting.