High-rise buildings may have sprung up since then, but the action is still definitely out on the water of this boat town. Travel to Aberdeen and you’ll undoubtedly be drawn to the town’s natural harbour. The hordes of modern yachts and powerboats will go largely unnoticed against the older or more local watercraft. After all, this is the home of the biggest floating seafood restaurant in the world, Jumbo Kingdom. A free shuttle whisks you out from Aberdeen Central Promenade to sample Cantonese cuisine and seafood on this multi-level establishment.
Attractions aside, the traditional fishing lifestyle is still very much alive in Aberdeen’s floating village, which has its own population of around 6,000, many living aboard one of the 600 junks (Chinese sailboats). The water-borne village exists to feed Hong Kong’s voracious seafood industry, and also stands in as the town’s main draw.
The best way to take in the village is with a harbour tour from a licensed operator on the promenade or by jumping into one of the many sampans (small boat) you might find tailing you as you walk along the waterfront. You’ll have many of the main sights and islands pointed out by the operators. Prices aren’t set, so have your best bargaining tricks at the ready!
If you’re looking for some out-and-out fun while on holiday in Hong Kong, our Aberdeen accommodation puts you a taxi ride away from Ocean Park, China’s most-visited theme park. The grounds are sprawling, offering 44 rides, aquatic animal shows and educational displays spread across numerous areas like Marine World, Thrill Mountain and Polar Adventure.
Aberdeen is easy to miss with the glitzy cityscapes of Central, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai and Kowloon to the north, but it offers a peek into the beginnings of modern Hong Kong, the lives of the locals, and as much seafood as you can stomach. So wot are you waiting for? Book your cheap flight to Hong Kong and check out our accommodation options below!
Hotels in Aberdeen start at AU$90 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.