Aberdeen, Hong Kong

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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!

    Address: Aberdeen Harbour

    Phone: 00852-2553 9111

    Website: http://www.jumbo.com.hk

    A landmark of Hong Kong
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    Have a ride in the fishing boats!

    by adelaidean Written Sep 18, 2006

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    Aberdeen Harbour is noted for being a traditional fishing village. We were told that due to the rising prices of fuel and living costs, the local fisherman are taking tourists out in their fishing boats to show them Aberdeen harbour to supplement their income...It was at a cost of HK$55, which I may add was paid before they would bring you back to the boarding place. You will see how the villagers live on their boats, and see them at their work for the day..It was a very interesting 30 minutes and one that shows yet another side to Hong kong!

    Address: Hongkong Island

    our guide a typical fishing boat on the harbour more tourists take off for the trip
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    Jumbo Restaurant

    by PeterVancouver Updated May 14, 2006

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    The largest floating restaurant in the world although no longer floating as it now has a concrete base.

    My colleague, who lives in Hong Kong, suggested we may like to visit the place, which to get to, requires a free boat ride from Shum Wan Pier. It was recommended, however, that we do not eat there, as in comparison to many fine restaurants in Hong Kong, the Jumbo is very touristy and overpriced.

    Address: Hong Kong Island

    Directions: Travel to Aberdeen on HK Island

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    HK Island: Have you been to Aberdeen?

    by idy Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    Aberdeen is, perhaps, an amalgamation of the old and the new. It boasts a marina, where sleek shiny white yachts are moored, and a habour, where many fishing folks live in junks.

    Stroll the Aberdeen promenade in the evening and you will see folks making a meal of food that is cook on junks, while nearby, tall residential blocks tower over the habour in splashes of twinkling lights.

    Tourist may wish to go for a sampan ride around the habour for a closer look at the fishing junks, or even have a meal on a "floating restaurant" in the habour.

    Aberdeen is a 40 minutes bus ride from Causeway Bay.

    Aberdeen marina

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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.

    Address: Aberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong

    Directions: Located in the Southern District of Hong Kong Island. Easily reached by a half day island tour, or by Bus number 75, from Exchange Square in the Central district of Hong Kong.

    Sampan Boat NAdine and our trusty tour guide Boat community
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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...

    Address: Shum Wan Pier Drive, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

    Directions: Located in Aberdeen Harbour. By Bus : Take bus 75 from Exchange Square near the Central MTR station to Shum Wan Shuttle Ferry Pier. Cost : Around $7HKD

    Phone: (852) 2553-9111

    Website: http://www.jumbo.com.hk

    Dont mind Nadines hair! Jumbo Floating Restaurant Tai Pak Floating Restaurant
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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!

    Address: Hongkong Island

    Ordering DinSum at Floating Restaurant, Aberdeen

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    Aberdeen

    by Blatherwick Written Aug 5, 2005

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    Aberdeen used to be a refuge for pirates two centuries ago. Later it became a fishing village. Aberdeen has become a modern town as the skyscrapers have risen. Go down to the waterfront and hire one of the locals to take you on a tour in their sampan to see the the floating restaurant.

    Address: South end of Hong Kong Island

    Directions: Take bus 7 from the ferry.

    Aberdeen

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    Boat People

    by Boca24 Written Jul 27, 2005

    Aberdeen is known for its boat people. These people live their lives on boats, according to my guide there are some who never actually set foot on land.

    Unfortunatly the government has been reclaiming the land making the harbor area where they live smaller; forcing many to leave their boats and seek more modern habitats.

    This is worth the visit at least just to get a sense of how different group of people live in Hong Kong.

    Address: Hongkong Island

    Life on the boat
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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.

    Address: Hongkong Island

    Directions: 1. Take bus no.70 from Exchange Square bus terminus (Central MTR station Exit A), and get off near Aberdeen Promenade.
    2. Take bus no.72 or 76 outside Hennessy Centre Causeway Bay and get off near Aberdeen Promenade.

    Website: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/touring/popular/ta_popu_aber.jhtml

    HKAberdeen
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    Aberdeen Harbor

    by bhemak Written Mar 24, 2005

    This is one of the original Hong Kong attractions. My Dad did this on leave in the 70's. You get on a small boat and go around the harbor and its boats. There are a lot. There is a floating resteraunt, there are fishing boats, there are big yachts.

    Address: Aberdeen water front

    Directions: Aberdeen in on the south side of Hong Kong island. Several buses go from the north to the south of the island.

    Boats in Aberdeen Harbor
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    SAMPAN RIDE

    by I-Believe-I-Can-Fly Written Aug 23, 2004

    Visiting an ancient fishing port of Aberdeen is a scenic highlight of any Hong Kong trips. There are many brightly decorated trawlers, which double as floating homes for Aberdeen's fisherfolk. Here is where the Aberdeen's famous, multidecked "Jumbo Floating Restaurant" located.

    We chartered a sampan for close-up view of the fishing fleet. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to give a visit to one of the boat-home.

    Address: Hongkong Island

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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.

    Address: Hongkong Island

    Directions: aberdeen

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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.

    Address: Hong Kong Island

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    SanPans in Aberdeen Harbour

    by wandering360 Updated Nov 1, 2003

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    Located on the north side of Hong Kong Island, Aberdeen (aka Little Hong Kong) is the home to one of the great collections of SanPans (aka Junks) house boats and floating seafood restaurants.

    To get here from Central, take the #7 Double-Decker bus. Grab a front seat on the upper deck and you'll get a great view of Causeway Bay and the old Race Track. Duck as the bus enters the tunnel ! ;)

    Address: Hong Kong Island

    SanPans in Aberdeen Harbour

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