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    Boat tour around Arbeeden Harbor

    by SLLiew Written Jan 15, 2008

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    Abeerbeen Harbor has been made famous by movies with the traditional rowing boat of Hong Kongers wearing the conical hats and living in on-the-water fishing village of boats.

    You will see the famous Jumbo Boat Restaurant made well known by a James Bond movie. This is a sanctuary for boats during the typhoons. The surrounded area is now so well-built, the slumps of the 60's on the hillslopes have all been replaced by sparkling modern high rises.

    It is a fun boating trip not to be missed if time permits.

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    JUMBO Floating Restaurant

    by JessH Updated Sep 19, 2006

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    A landmark of Hong Kong

    The name says it all: It's huuuuuuuge!
    Centred on the Jumbo and Tai Pak Floating Restaurants in Aberdeen Harbour, it is a Hong Kong icon and a premier tourism and fine-dining establishment.

    If you've always wanted to eat in a floating restaurant, simply take the bus to Aberdeen and then board one of the Jumbo Kingdom's own free shuttle boats with departures every few minutes. The restaurant specializes in fresh seafood, but also offers roasted goose, Peking duck, changing seasonal dishes and (my favourite) Dim sum.

    In operation for more than a quarter of a century and claiming to be the largest floating restaurant in the world, it has been refurbished and renovated over the past few year and has now become a modern complex of dining, shopping, sightseeing and cultural attractions - and it's also a great place for unique photo opportunities...
    it's simply a MUST when you are in Hong Kong!

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    Ride a Sampan Boat in Aberdeen Fishing Village!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 28, 2009

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    Sampan boats, Aberdeen Fishing Village, HK

    The Aberdeen Fishing Village is a chance for tourists to see families living on this famous site in Hong Kong. For just a few dollars, you can go on one of those boat tours (called Sampan - boats with tires on their sides) which will navigate you through the jade-like-green waters of the fishing village.

    I looked at the boathouses and the families, specially the kids, living on the boathouses looked back at me! You will see that they really live there and you can even see their home appliances, like their television sets turned on and the mother cooking. It is a somewhat commercialized tour since the tourists do have to haggle sometimes with these Sampan tours, but nevertheless, an unforgettable experience.

    If you have the opportunity, you could also try this Sampan tour during the night and picture this – YOU in a boat in a Hong Kong fishing village with the millions of lights from the jungle of tall buildings by the harbor….amazing!

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    Sampan Harbour Cruise

    by al2401 Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    Aberdeen is an area on the south shore of Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. In fact the name 'Hong Kong' was the original name of the area and foreigners who landed here in the 1800's mistook the name as for the whole island. Consquently, Aberdeen was named in 1845 after the then British Secretary of State for War and Colonies - George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen

    Today, as then, it is the harbour that is the drawcard. Aberdeen is famous for its floating village and giant seafood restaurants such as the Jumbo Floating Restaurant. Many of the Tanka people, associated with the fishing industry, still live on the water

    There are regular ferries across the harbour and to neighbouring Lamma Island. For locals to get to their boats the sampan service is the best. It is also the best way for visitors to get an ideal view of the harbour.

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    Aberdeen Harbour

    by joecooper Written Feb 10, 2004

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    Fishing Fleet in Aberdeen Harbour

    One of the most memorable things I did in Hong Kong was to take a Sampan ride around Aberdeen harbour. You can easily catch a Sampan from the Promenade on the harbour side, haggling is OK. During the summer months fishing is banned in the South China Sea so I was lucky enough to see the entire fleet of Junks sitting in the harbour. On the tour you'll spot the incredible Jumbo Floating Restaurant (Largest in the world), extravagantly luxurious yachts and powerboats, as well as the everyday people on their huge houseboats, complete with TV and fridge. Apart from the harbour, the rest of Aberdeen is pretty unremarkable and the boat tour can be combined with visiting another area of the island such as Stanley or one of the country parks.

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    Sampan thru Aberdeen Harbour

    by bryINpoland Written Sep 24, 2005

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    Sampan boats are your best bet for exploring Aberdeen Harbour. For $50 HKD ($9AUD $7 USD) you can catch a local sampan boat that takes you around the harbour on about a 20 minute tour.

    The ride will take you past the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant, where it will stop and allow you to get some photos of its beautiful decor. Then you will head into the boat people community. A community on the water, made up by hundreds of fishing boats tied together. You will go down the half dozen rows of boats, and be able to get a small look and feel of what their every day life is like. Very interesting!

    You will then return to your embarking point, where the boat will stop short of the dock, and your guide will demand the $50 HKD before she lets you off. At the same time she will pull back a sheet that was covering souvenirs, and see if she can get anyone to buy her over priced momentos, before she retruns you to the dock. For more about that, check out my warnings and danger tips.

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    Homes on the water

    by trees100ft Written Sep 30, 2003

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    A home and a boat - Aberdeen HK

    Aberdeen is a must-see destination in HK. The Aberdeen folk live on their boats. It is their way of life, and many choose to return to their boats although they or their families own homes on terra-firm. It is a dying scene.

    Do expect to be pestered by touts selling worthless trinkets when going out on the boat trip to see Aberdeen. Even the boatman/lady will be trying to sell you keychains and tea cosy. That's the downside. But just keep a cheerful front, and a polite No will keep the trip pleasant and educational.

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    Aberdeen

    by nepalgoods Written Jul 18, 2009

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    Already in 1987 I was shocked by all the highrise buildings in Hongkong and specially in Aberdeen. What had been a fisher village has turned into a nightmare of ugly condominiums. Nothing has changed since then. There are just more and higher buildings and a big fish market.

    The houseboats have mainly vanished, there are now marinas for luxurious motor yachts and some fishing boats are left. A Sampan ride now means a big motor boat making a tour around Jumbo Restaurant.

    You see: I did not like it in 1987 and I did not find reason to change my mind. Maybe I should put this under "Tourist Traps".

    But on the other hand it is quite interesting as you learn a lot about living conditions of people in Hongkong.

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    Aberdeen Harbour at Night

    by XenosUK Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Day time view of Aberdeen

    One of my most lasting memories of my 4 trips to HK is of sailng into Aberdeen harbour at night. Floating in the blackness between the high rise buildings with all their windows lit up made me think of the scene in Star Wars when Luke flies into the death star - really amazing.

    It was pretty impossible to get a decent photo from a moving boat at night time, but if you use your imagination, you may be able to see what I mean from this daytime shot.

    Our cruise included dinner at the Jumbo floating restaurant and that really is a tourist trap. You can eat much better and for a lot less money in HK than on one of these organised trips. But if that's the only way you get to see the harbour by night, it's worth it in my opinion.

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    Take A Harbour Cruise On A Sampan

    by Chuckaziz Updated Jun 30, 2009

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    Aberdeen is located on the south west of Hong Kong Island. It is one of the oldest settlements on the island. The place used to be pirate infested but today it offers visitors a glimpse into a contrasting lifestyle between those, mainly fishermen, living in the traditional boat houses and the urban population in modern high rise apartments nearby. Cruising the harbour on a sampan will allow visitors a closer look of the boat houses. There are some 5000 of them moored around the bay but the numbers have since dwindled when many took up the government's offer for rehousing. Aberdeen is also famous for its floating seafood restaurants. One of them is Tai Pak Seafood Restaurant.

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    Jumbo Floating Restaurant

    by bryINpoland Written Sep 23, 2005

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    Dont mind Nadines hair!
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    I decided to put the Jumbo Floating Restaurant as a must see, instead of a must eat. Located in Aberdeen Harbour, the floating giant was built nearly 30 years ago, and is one of Hong Kong most famous land marks. I must admit that though it is some what of a tourist trap, it is a site to see.

    The best way to see the Jumbo Restaurant in my opinion is by a Sampan harbour tour available from Sham Wan pier, and costing $50HKD per person ( $9 AUD $7 USD ). The ride will take you right pass the restaurant, and stop right infront for you to get those pictures for virtual tourist.

    Worth a stop if you are on the southern side on Hong Kong Island...

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    Aberdeen Harbour

    by bryINpoland Written Sep 24, 2005

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    Aberdeen Harbour is located on the South side of Hong Kong Island, and popularly known for the home of the floating restaurant, and the home of the boat people. Sampan boat tours are the best way to explore this world, giving you a close up look at life in the Aberdeen.

    The Famous floating Restaurant is called "Jumbo Floating Restaurant". Basicly a beautiful floating tourist trap. The boat people are mostly fishermen who live in the harbour on their sampans, junk boats, and fishing boats. They tie their boats up side by side in rows on the west end of the harbour, that has basicly become a world famous community.

    Aberdeen harbour is a must see while in Hong Kong, and is ussually featured on any of Hong Kongs half day tours.

    *Aberdeen Harbour was named by Scotish settlers, who named the harbour after their cherished North-eastern city Aberdeen.

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    Boat People @ Aberdeen

    by xuessium Updated May 7, 2005

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    HKAberdeen

    It's on every day tour these days. Come and see the group of people in Hong Kong who still live their lives on boats floating on the waters at Aberdeen. The locals called this place "Xiang Gang Zai" in Mandarin or "Hiong Kong Zai" in Cantonese. See a living style so different from you and me.

    There is also a large Jumbo seafood restaurant here for lovers of seafood, in a garish opulent floating ship.

    So ironical; so Hong Kong.

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    Aberdeen

    by acemj Written Dec 1, 2003

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    Aberdeen was a traditional fishing village back in the 70s when my mom took this picture, but she tells me that there are now many more tall buildings on the surrounding hillsides. Still, the fishing boats are still here full of families going about their life on the boats. You'll also find the famous Jumbo floating restaurant here.

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    Explore Aberdeen Harbour

    by SueMagee Updated Mar 20, 2007

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    Aberdeen is a busy fishing port on the south side of HK Island. Catch a ferry from Lamma Island as you'll get a fantastic view coming into the harbour - much more picturesque than getting there by bus. Stroll along the waterfront and watch old ladies peeling prawns and then drying them in the sun. Walk over the flyover to Aberdeen Plaza - this is where the locals all go to shop! It's very crowded at the weekends. Walk along the back streets and look at the fruit and vegetables - great variety! You can see Chinese shop assistants making up prescriptions in traditional Chinese medicine shops. Grab a bowl of snake soup in winter - it actually doesn't taste that bad.
    You can then catch a bus and go on to Repulse Bay or Stanley or go back to Central. The bus services in Hong Kong are regular, safe and quite cheap.

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