Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hong Kong Diary Day 20 Tai O Homes by the Water

Hello Thursday! Let's continue with our China trip where we tour the fishing village of Tai O. It was an adventure to stumble upon the museum, visit the dried food market, and explore the neighborhood but there was more to discover with the homes by the water. Pictured below residences along the waterfront, built on stilts right over the ocean.Small motorboats with powerful engines were parked right outside the doorsteps, however the potted plants on the crowded garden balconies caught my eye.
Below the grandest garden of them all, there was some pink from the blooming bougainvillea but the space was filled with numerous pots of bonsai.
On the water a motor boat zoomed by, its registration number clearly painted on the side, I could not help but notice the straw hat, this was the first time I saw it on a real fisherman!
My eyes followed the boat to these houses, spaced evenly in a row they looked very tidy, I would very much like the one with the orange door.
The view across, a panorama of the fishing town, I have only seen Venice in photos but this scene somehow reminded me of it.
A close up of a distant spot, the blue and white stripes were very typical of nautical design, it seemed appropriate with the yellow and orange boats.
Under the line of hanging fish, a fisherman checked on his vessel, the sea level was very shallow during this low tide but it did not stop him from preparing for the next day.
A lot of boats were anchored that afternoon, everyone was home from the day's work, all seemed peaceful and quiet, much like a village scene from an Asian oil painting.
I realized this part of Tai O was most inspiring, taking pictures proved most challenging, everywhere I turned was a great opportunity, I had no choice but to capture different angles while standing in one spot.
Panning around with the camera I could see laundry hung out to dry while residents relaxed in the shady upper deck.
Walking along we stumbled upon this magical area, I found it most intriguing perhaps because the tide was at its lowest point a lot of the seabed was exposed.
Despite the shallow water it was calm as there was no wind, the resulting reflection on the muddy surface was so clear.
The wooden boat that would float so freely on high tide was marooned...
as were the green and yellow crafts...
... and the fishing gear.
Moving on we began to notice newer homes, these were made of metal, aluminum sheet to be specific. Other than its rust free feature I did not think they were the most aesthetic pleasing nor did they seemed very sound proof.
Further down a most unique boat was stranded, it was a Chinese sampan, I never thought I could witness it during modern times.
My vision began to wander down the walkway, at the end of the row of weather worn metal homes...
... were the remains of beams that used to support a home, a close look revealed they were made of bricks.
Some walkways ended abruptly, like this one pictured below...
... and this one across from where we were standing.
The camera zoomed in on the floor, wooden planks of various lengths and size were laid down to create a walking surface, they appeared very uneven and unstable.
Another passageway continued on as steps that led down to the water, we ran out of paths to explore so decided to turn back. Next week I shall share with you some more of these wonderful homes by the water as our China adventure continues!

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating neighbourhood! It must be a challenge to navigate.