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    Source : http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/09/world/asia/hong-kong-tai-o-tourism/?hpt=ias_t3

    Tai O, Hong Kong (CNN) -- Thirty miles from Hong Kong's Disneyland park, a small fishing village offers a contrasting view of the city's past.

    Located in the southwest corner of Lantau, Hong Kong's largest island, Tai O is connected to the outside world via a narrow mountain road. It has a view contrary to expectations for one of the world's most crowded cities: There are no skyscrapers, no neon signs or real estate companies. The few shops in village close at 5 p.m., when the nightlife on Hong Kong Island has yet to spark. In recent years, tourists have been flocking to Tai O to glimpse this part of Hong Kong's rapidly disappearing past. But when they arrive, they are greeted by a placard at the bus station decrying: "Mass development will destroy Tai O." It's a sign of the times: Even as tourists boost the coffers of a local economy once dependent on fishing, villagers are deeply ambivalent about the hordes of visitors encroaching on their seaside hamlet. "We are going to lose our distinctive way of life and identity if no one protests against the government plan," said lifelong Tai O resident Wang Waking, 51, who runs the Tai O culture workshop. "I am afraid that the commercially-driven plan is going to turn Tai O into another resort." Villagers like Wang are torn by government plans to add fountains, sculptures and a stage next to the temple to Tin Ha...

Historic Hong Kong village torn between tourism and decline

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