Located between Aberdeen - a town located on the southwest coast of Hong Kong Island - and Ap Lei Chau - or Aberdeen Island - Aberdeen Harbour is one of the city's nine natural harbours.
Historically one of the most important fishing ports in Hong Kong, the area retains the feel of a traditional fishing village. Its roots can still be seen today in the Aberdeen Floating Village, where some 600 junks are home to around 6000 people. The houseboats provide a striking contrast to the modern skyscrapers behind them.
We recommend visiting Aberdeen in the morning or at sunset and taking a boat trip around the harbour. Walking around the coastline, you're bound to be offered a trip on a "sampan", traditional flat-bottomed boats that take tourists on sightseeing cruises. Prices for boat trips vary and are usually negotiable - you'll probably be quoted around 80 HKD (US$ 10.30) to start with.
The largest floating restaurant in the world
In addition to its house boats, Aberdeen Harbour is known for its floating restaurants, and one in particular: Jumbo Kingdom. The largest floating restaurant in the world with a capacity for over 2000 people, the popular tourist attraction has welcomed any number of celebrities and public figures since it was established in 1976.
Each floor of the boat houses a different restaurant to suit a range of budgets, from exquisite and expensive fine dining to an affordable and accessible self-serve buffet. Jumbo Kingdom provides a free ferry shuttle service from Shum Wan Pier, a short walk from the MTR Wong Chuk Hang Station Exit B.
You can book your meal at Jumbo Kingdom here.