Tai Po – am I becoming a local?
It has been quiet on this blog. My apologies for that. Around six weeks ago, my wife and I left our little village next to the border of China and moved closer to Hong Kong. We’re now living in Tai Po in the New Territories.
Now, that’s still a LONG way out of Hong Kong but a lot closer than before.
Before moving to Tai Po I assumed it’s similar to the other artificial suburbs of Hong Kong. A bedroom community with the usual Hong Kong supermarkets, convenience stores and the like.
Surprisingly, I was wrong.
It turns out that Tai Po does have some history. The first “clans” ruling in the area go back to 900 A.D.
What I love about Tai Po is the flair. There’s a part of the downtown that isn’t in the hands of the property tycoons (yet). Local restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops fill the scene. On the weekends, locals gather here, buy groceries on the wet market and enjoy the noodle soups or tofu desserts.
And, most surprising, there’s even a PUB! A real pub with beer on tap, football on TV (not that I care, but it shows it’s authentic) and brilliant fish and chips. I love it!
For those of you coming to Hong Kong for a short visit – don’t bother. But if you live in Hong Kong Tai Po actually has quite a lot to offer.
– The second best air quality in Hong Kong
– Hiking opportunities (just a five minute walk from Tai Po MTR station, the hike begins)
– A waterfront park that really deserves the name. It’s quite a bit bigger compared to what they normally refer to as “park” in Hong Kong.
– The Hong Kong Railway museum (good if you have kids).