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Location Feature, tai o, Hong Kong,

Exploring Tai O (大澳), Hong Kong’s Traditional Fishing Village

To see more photos and videos of Tai O, explore the Tai O 大澳 and Tai O Market 大澳街巿 location pages.

Known locally as “the Venice of Hong Kong,” Tai O (大澳) is a small fishing village which straddles the waters between the west coast of Lantau Island and a smaller island just 15 meters (49 feet) away. The village is known for its waterfront establishments and traditional way of life. Most notably, Tai O is home to the oldest remaining community of stilt houses, once common across all of Hong Kong.

For over two centuries, the village has been home to the Tanka people, formerly a nomadic southern Chinese ethnic group. Since then until the mid-1900s, the village became a major trading port to China, exporting salt and seafood. Though Tai O is no longer a key site for trade, many elderly residents of the village continue to make a living from fishing, duck farming and making the village’s famous salted fish and shrimp paste, all of which can be found in the main Tai O Market. Tourists from mainland China and Hong Kong visit Tai O to see the slow, unchanging lifestyle of the old seaside village—a sight that has become increasingly rare in their rapidly developing home countries.


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Reopening an Abandoned Glass Factory for the Shenzhen Biennale

To view more photos and videos from the Shenzhen Biennale, browse the #ShenzhenBiennale hashtag or visit the Value Factory location page.

This week’s Art Thursday takes us to a port city in southern China and a hill of shipping containers. The fifth Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (深港城市\建筑双城双年展) opened last month with simultaneous shows in the cities of Hong Kong and Shenzhen. For the Shenzhen show in Guangdong province, the event has transformed abandoned factories into exhibitions with spiraling staircases and viewing platforms.

One of the exhibition venues at the biennale is the Value Factory—a giant, derelict glass factory with 43,000 square meters of floor area. Until 2009, the space was the production hall for the Guangdong Float Glass company, but it is now an open exhibition space producing ideas and inspiration with an elevated walkway and glowing handrails. The rest of the factory is home to exhibition spaces for the next three months with shows from cultural institutions across the globe including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (@vamuseum) and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (@themuseumofmodernart).


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Chasing Density with @vdubl

For more photos of Hong Kong’s towering architecture, be sure to follow @vdubl on Instagram.

Hong Kong-based architect Vivien Wei Wei Liu (@vdubl) loves building design and mobile photography—two passions that come together in a powerful way through her Instagram images. “The design of buildings in Hong Kong is based on spatial scarcity; a struggle to house as many people on the smallest site possible,” explains Vivien. “The notion of living closely has a different connotation in what is one of the densest places in the world.”

Through her smartphone, Vivien captures the seemingly endless repetition and colorful patterns found in many of the city’s residential towers and deep urban canyons, where light barely reaches the street level. “My goal is to immerse the viewer into the space in which the photo was taken,” Vivien says.

Vivien, who helped organize a recent Instameet in Hong Kong, is also fascinated with the city’s stunning skyline. “One of the unique characteristics of Hong Kong is that in less than 20 minutes from the city, one can be immersed in lush greenery while enjoying spectacular views that juxtapose nature and the dense urban fabric.”


Florentijn Hofman, duck, hong kong, Location Feature,

Dutch Artist Florentijn Hofman’s Duck Visits Hong Kong

To view more photos of the famed rubber ducky, be sure to visit the Harbour City 海港城 location page and browse the #florentijnhofman hashtag.

Since the beginning of May, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s 16-meter (52-foot) rubber duck has turned Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour into a giant bathtub. Instagrammers there have captured the giant duck’s daily travels about the harbor and were on hand to photograph its deflation in mid-May (part of scheduled maintenance work according to the exhibition organizers).

The giant rubber ducky has been touring the globe since 2007, making appearances in Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo, and Amsterdam before coming to Hong Kong. The artist hopes the work will make people feel young again, bring them together and encourage a connection with public art. The duck will leave Hong Kong on June 9 and heads to the United States next.

Spotlight: Hong Kong

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Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

This week the spotlight falls on one of the most densely populated areas in the world: Hong Kong. Officially Hong Kong is a “city-state” and one of China’s two Special Administrative Regions (the other is Macau). The bustling cosmopolitan city sits on a deep natural harbor, making for some gorgeous scenes. 

To get a window into daily life in Hong Kong, here are five Instagrammers sharing particularly gorgeous shots of their city.











Want to get involved with the Hong Kong Instagram community? Learn more about Hong Kong InstaMeets.

The photo at the top of this post is by @sambhojwani