The somewhat iconic Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant, an ugly dirty harbour and living on fishing boats
It has been around since the mid 1970's and it shows, personally I think the food is awful but I cannot deny that the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen Harbour is truly iconic and I guess 30+ million people who have eaten on it can't all be wrong.
These days I am happy to hop on the free ferry they provide and just wander around (they don't mind) and take photographs... oh and I am quite sure at night you can see it from the Space Station
Lurid, tacky, tasteless - take your pick. This is the main entrance to the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant.
I actually saw this monstrosity moored off Repulse Bay in early May 2013, amazingly it appears to be a sea going vessel. I have to say that viewing the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant from the back is enough to put even the most adventurous eater off their food. You have been warned.
The Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant looks very impressive front on and the free ferry provided makes for an interesting ride.. try not to fall into the water, it is just nasty.
The kids on this boat were more than a little glum, I image they had plenty of chores to do... life on the ocean waves is not what it is cracked up to be.
This is a new apartment block in Aberdeen called Marinella and it overlooks Aberdeen Marina and a 916 sqft apartment rents for HK$48,000 per month (around US$6,000) which is outrageous - a 1,388 sqft apartment rents for HK$85,000 per month. Honestly this is a less than salubrious location but at least you get to watch rich folk fiddle with their boats on a weekend.
A clue as to the importance of the fishing industry to Aberdeen.
Opposite Aberdeen on the other side of Aberdeen harbour is an island called Ap Lei Chau which is noted for a mass of public housing and an industrial building full of fancy furniture stores popular with expats. Aberdeen will be on the map in 2015 when the new MTR extension opens and not a moment to soon... a trip to Central from Aberdeen on the train will be about 10 minutes, on a bus it is currently about 45 minutes.
This chap is one of a dying breed in Hong Kong who is actually making a living on the water.
I would prefer to live in the Marinella complex overlooking Aberdeen Marina but I guess some die hard fisherman like living on the boats, just don't fall in the water, it is full of all sorts of floating nasties.
This is a sampan, you can catch a ride for around HK$60 for 30 minutes, you get to go around Aberdeen Harbour, see all the fishing boats, go to the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant and cruise around Aberdeen Marina.. great fun! and you might get lucky and get a toothless old crone piloting the boat or an old codger with one eye.
You should not agree to a 1 hour tour, 30 minutes is fine and if I have not mentioned it before, don't fall into the harbour.
Some of the English speaking sampan operators are masters of stating the blindingly obvious, every time they go past a fishing boat, they will actually tell you that it is a fishing boat in a harbour full of fishing boats.
There are some very impressive boats in Aberdeen Marina and it always shocks me to see them bobbing up and down in the filthy harbour, it appears everyone who lives on a boat in Aberdeen Harbour simply dumps trash and other waste straight into the harbour. Yuk.
I do personal walking tours around Hong Kong, I am on the streets every day and I have a somewhat interesting perspective of this wonderful city I have called my home for 37 years. My private walking tours are perfect for visitors who want a detailed overview of Hong Kong prior to exploring on their own and for people who are only here for a day or two who want to make the most of their limited time here.
Many clients book me for their first full day in Hong Kong, they get to see the best that Hong Kong has to offer + a crash course on our wonderful public transport system and then they go exploring for the rest of their stay armed with step by step instructions and recommendations from me....
...oh, and if you book a tour then you are booking a tour with me, I do not employ other guides.