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Tourism breathes new life into Hong Kong fishing village Tai O

Plans are under way to turn the HK fishing village into a sustainable tourism hub, with its history and heritage intact

The once-sleepy fishing village of Tai O, located on the western edge of Lantau Island which lies at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta, may be waking up to new beginnings, if plans by the Hong Kong government pan out.

Nicknamed the "Venice of Hong Kong", Tai O is home to the Tanka, or boat people, who live in stilt houses dating as far back as the 19th century.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2018, with the headline 'Tourism breathes new life into Tai O'. Print Edition | Subscribe