Aberdeen, Hong Kong

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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 The surrounded area is now so well-built, the slumps of the 60's on the hillslopes have all been replaced by sparkling modern high rises.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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    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!

    A landmark of Hong Kong
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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.

    Sampan on Aberdeen Harbour Jumbo Floating Seafood Restaurant - Aderdeen Sailing Junk - Aberdeen Harbour Houseboats - Aberdeen Harbour Bridge over Aberdeen Harbour
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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.

    Sampan Boat NAdine and our trusty tour guide Boat community
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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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    Homes on the water

    by trees100ft Written Sep 30, 2003

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    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.

    A home and a boat - Aberdeen HK
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    Aberdeen

    by swissfondue Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    Aberdeen is located on the southern side of Hong Kong Island.

    Historically it has always been a fishing port and there are still dozens of fishing boats moored beside traditional junks in the harbour. The surrounding area has become a tourist attraction and many visiters travel especially to Aberdeen have a seafood banquet at one of the floating restaurants. The Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant (and yes it is large!) is the most well known. You need to take a free tender from the pier to the restaurant but its only a short ride.

    Aberdeen will eventually be connected to Central by a new MTR but for the time being you need to take a bus or taxi.

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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.

    Passing by the Tai Pak Seafood Floating Restaurant A Private Mooring The Boathouses
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    Jumbo Floating Restaurant

    by bryINpoland Written Sep 23, 2005

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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...

    Dont mind Nadines hair! Jumbo Floating Restaurant Tai Pak Floating Restaurant
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    Boat People @ Aberdeen

    by xuessium Updated May 7, 2005

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    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.

    Sampans with Ap Lei Chau in the background Popular Board Game Popular Board Game Chinese Medicine Fishing Boats in Aberdeen Harbour
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    Floating Restaurant

    by Homanded Written Aug 22, 2005

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    There are several buses that go to Aberdeen.
    We found them more convinient than taxis and extremely easy to use!
    Once in Aberdeen (the bus will leave you on a corner and you'll have to walk around the block and to the pier area), walk past all the ladies and guys yelling for your attention to ride on their sampas.
    There is a free ferry terminal 1/2 way down the pier that is clearly marked to floating restaurant!
    REGARDLESS of what people tell you, the ferry is NOT closed, it will be back in 30 mins maximum!
    The restaurant is rather lavish, almost expensive looking but quite the opposite, has very reasonable din sum (and some of the best we had in Hong Kong)
    Don't miss out on it!

    Ordering DinSum at Floating Restaurant, Aberdeen

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    jumbo floating restaurant and aberdeen harbour

    by taurus1973 Written Apr 27, 2004

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    for most people who have a bit of time to explore hong kong its well worth a short bus ride to aberdeen to see aberdeen harbour and jumbo floating restaurant. there are a few buses that go to aberdeen promenade from canal road under the overpass near hennessy road in wanchai. on the way there you will pass through the aberdeen tunnel which is an experience in itself too. get off at aberdeen promenade and get a sampan ride to the floating restaurant which is visible from aberdeen harbour. the food at the restaurant is not as good as you might think but its worth getting a few photos of the largest floating restaurant in the world. if you have more time in aberdeen theres a tin hau temple worth seeing too, and if you are feeling really adventurist, the aberdeen country park is not far from the tin hau temple and is great for hiking. along the way it will take you past the aberdeen resovoir and eventually you can reach victoria peak via the winding roads at the end of the aberdeen country park but be careful as the roads are narrow and not alot of room to walk on footpaths.

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    Ride on a sampan!

    by clairegeordio Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    Aberdeen, a harbour resort, is located on the South of Hong Kong island. As you step off the bus, straight away you can see the lively harbour with traditional sampan boats, which makes quite a dramatic scene, set against the high rise buildings in the backdrop. A must do activity here is to negotiate a price to ride a sampan from one of the persistant touts (best not to go for the first one that comes to you as the prices tend to get cheaper the further you walk). They will take you on about a 30 minute ride of the harbour, including a close up view of the jumbo restaurant. We were lucky in that we arrived at about 9.30am on a Thursday when there were no other tourists around and had a sampan boat ride to ourselves – I guess that at busy times, you may have to share your boat ride with other tourists?
    Please look at my photos for this tip that show a boat house that we saw during our sampan ride as well as the jumbo restaurant.

    Aberdeen Sampan ride Jumbo restaurant Boat house, Aberdeen Aberdeen

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