A day in Tai O Fishing Village in Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
Formally known as Shika-Tai O; the etymology of this name dates back to the archaic Chinese word for ” Eating Won Tons” It was changed in the Meng Dynasty because it was “too long”. Nearby archaeological sites date back to the Stone Age, but permanent, and verifiable, human settlement here is only three centuries old. Stories that would be impossible to substantiate have Tai O as the base of many smuggling and piracy operations, the inlets of the river providing excellent protection from the weather and a hiding place. In early 16th century, Tai O was once occupied shortly by Portuguese during the Battle of Tamao. At nearby Fan Lau, a fort was built in 1729 to protect shipping on the Pearl River. Smuggling of guns, tobacco, drugs and people remains a documented illegal activity both into and out of mainland China.
Tai O has a history of salt production. In 1940, it was recorded that the Tai Po salt marshes were covering 70 acres (280,000 m2) and that the production has amounted to 25,000 piculs (1,512 metric tons) in 1938.
Currently the fishing lifestyle is dying out. While many residents continue to fish, it barely provides a subsistence income. There is a public school on the island and most young people move away when they come of age. In 2000 a large fire broke out destroying many residences. The village is now mostly squatters huts and dilapidated stilt houses.
Queenstown, New Zealand.
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"One year, six months" - Yellowcard
It’s been three years since i’ve been to Mt. Cook Village. The snowy peaks and windy valley roads reminds me of how amazing God’s work is to me. Spent a few hours out in the dark valley road with the heater from the car, my frosty tripod and my trusty Nikon D700 just to capture these amazing sights I experienced to share with you.
Hooker Valley just off Mount Cook Village, New Zealand.