Tai Po is, in this respect, a microcosm of Hong Kong as a whole: a small, dense area of skyscrapers and megamalls, luxury brands and fancy restaurants, roadside stalls and ancient temples, all encircled by hills, mountains, beaches, water and quaint villages: something for everyone, as I have described Hong Kong in the past: "In Hong Kong, one can swim in the sea without another human being in sight and, an hour later, swim in the crowds, among the sounds, sights and smells of some of the planet's most densely populated streets. One can stand atop a mountain and look over the the hills and water and, in the same afternoon, atop one of the world's tallest buildings. For lunch, one can have pig ears and chicken feet, and cross the street to have a McFlurry for desert."
Tai Po is a wonderful place - home to my gran and my earliest memories of Hong Kong - and if I ever live in HK I imagine I will live here, even if I could afford to live more centrally.
Hong Kong, 2012.