Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hong Kong Journal Day 20 Tai O A Closer Look at Home

Hello and welcome to this week's post on our China trip! We are in Hong Kong exploring the fishing village of Tai O, Day 20 of our journey has been most exciting, we visited the museum, the dried food market, our search of lunch led to a stroll through the neighborhood, where we discovered homes by the water. We also got a closer look at some parts of the home, revealing the way of life in this little town.

Pictured below a working area right outside this house, there were tables for cutting up the catch of the day and buckets for rinsing and sorting out parts.
Nearby a fish drying area accompanied by a relaxed but watchful guard dog.
Another fish drying area, no dogs around but it was protected by covering of green net.
More hanging fish, there were few homes without them, these ones were left out in the open, no dogs or covering, there was not a soul watching. The ones that were laid flat had their heads wrapped in paper, could these be salted fish ready for sale?
Not all fish were hung individually by their tails, this lady below was drying trays of fish.
I managed to get a close up of a fresh tray of fish, these were suspended in the covered balcony situated right over the water. Their heads and entrails were removed, their size was quite small, what kind of fish were they?
While walking through the homes by the water, we stumbled upon a platter of fish drying in the sun, it was placed next to the walkway on a heap of salvaged materials.
I could not resist capturing the glistening scales, they still looked fresh even though the flesh underneath was shriveled from the heat.
Some dried seafood were weighed down with metal screens and wooden blocks to prevent curling whilst drying. These were round shaped and very thin, could they be butterflied fish or was it cuttlefish?
We were able to roam through covered patios of some of the homes, some of them were quite large like this one below. Judging by the round table, chairs, and baskets and ropes strewn about, it was a working room as well as a dining area.
A much tidier deck with a great waterfront view.
Mahjong in the cool shade by the water, what a way to pass the time, I could imagine the chatter of conversation amongst the mixing of tiles at the end of the day.
Not all verandas were spacious, this one below is quite small but there was room to dry the laundry and store some items, there was even space for the kids to play.
A close up of the kid's motorbike, love the black and yellow! There were 3 stools, were there 3 kids in this family?
I have mentioned gardens before, and I had to include the photo below, any bit of green space in Hong Kong was a prized luxury, especially if it was part of a home. There was no need for a grand area, just a couple of wooden planks and pots of various materials, pottery or plastic filled with all kinds of tropical plants and there you have a garden!
A peek into a kitchen, it was most tiny with everything you need within arm's reach, be it garlic, seasonings, utensils, wok or sink.
An outdoor living room setting in a marvelous green, on the door 2 fu characters on diamond shaped paper, plus another one off to the left totaling 3 fus that just about guaranteed blessings of happiness and good fortune.

So ends this post with this picture in mind, there was no grand residences in Tai O, most homes were small and compact. Somehow the residents made it work, there was room to live, work and play. In their little space people seemed to be content, which brings to mind do we really need so many things and a big house?

Next week our China adventure continues, just a little bit more on Tai O, a very special part that Peter was eager to see.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting private/public spaces. Enjoyed this post.