The story about the pink dolphins in Tai-o Village, Hong Kong

Okay, so I was really looking forward to see some pink dolphins in the Hong Kong sea around Tai-o Village on Lantau Island. I’d read a lot about it beforehand and knew from the beginning that it would be a struggle.

My friend suggested that we bought a super expensive ticket from a big company where they also research the lives of these dolphins. I really wanted to and I did read all the information on their website but after checking my bank account, I knew that we had to do it cheaper.

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Because of this, we chose to go to Tai-o village and book a ticket on a small fishing boat which would take us out on the open sea to see the dolphins. There would be no promises to see the dolphins but the ticket was also only 25 HK Dollar pr person so what to expect, right?

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Anyway, so I met my friend at the end of the Tung Chung Subway line (找站的名字)and we walked from exit b and across the big square. We asked for bus number 11 towards Tai-o Village. The bus was just around the right corner from the bus station. We paid 11.2 HK Dollar each and got on the bus (remember exact amount, they don’t have any coins to give back to you). The bus drove through the most stunning landscape for about an hour and then we got off at this little village.

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I thought it would be much more commercialized but it wasn’t. It was all local and quiet until two minutes later when a fat Chinese man came with his group of Chinese senior tourists who were happily shouting to each other.

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After getting off the bus, we were immediately approached by a lady who wanted to sell us a ticket to see the dolphins so we bought it and waited at the small wooden bridge. Sadly, the whole Chinese tourist group were jumping onto ‘our’ boat but we still tried to smile.

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The fisherman got the boat started and everyone was super excited. A little too much I would say. The Chinese tourists all needed a selfie in front of the boat and in the back with the two pale foreigners (us!). They were running back and forth and from side to side. This changing heavy load on both sides of the boat, made the poor wooden boat sway back and forth as if we were going to tilt any time. I was nervous at one point. The Chinese were just laughing.

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The fisherman took us around the little Hong Kong village which were supposed to look like Venice. No, it doesn’t. It’s cute but old. It’s very unique and a nice change from the big and buzzy Hong Kong but it looks nothing like Venice. Just look at my pictures :)

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We reached the big ocean in the end and the landscape was stunning once again. The Chinese were also more calm now (finished their selfie-situation up front) but this only lasted until the moment, when the fisherman said ‘look, there is a dolphins’. Everyone jumped up and ran to one side and started yelling and taking photos and videos.

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We saw a few dolphin fin but not more than that. I was okay about it, because I knew it wouldn’t be a dolphin-jumping-tralalala-show and that was fine too. I was happy they were there and my friend actually got a picture of one of them.

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Back at the shore, the Chinese gave us some funny dried fruit, said thanks and left. We smiled at them because even if they can make us annoyed, they still make us laugh as well because they are so friendly in the end. My friend and I walked around the village for a bit (not much to see there) and took the bus back to the subway station.

What a day!

xx lingling

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