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Aberdeen

Location:Aberdeen Harbor is between the town of Aberdeen and the island of Ap Lei Chau. It is in the Southern District of Hong Kong Island on Aberdeen Praya Road. It is close to Hong Kong Ocean Park.
Best time to visit: Hong Kong is still fairly warm and is drier in October and November. But unless there is a storm, you might like the sea in the summer.

How to Get There

1)You can take a bus to get there, including Buses No. 38, 42, 78, 91, 91A, 94A, 95, 595, 7, 37A, 37B, 41A, 48, 70, 71, 73, 76, 77, 90B, 98, 107, 170, 970X, 971, 973 and A10.
2)There are green-roofed minibuses to take you there, including Minibuses No.4A, 4B, 4C, 4S, 5, 35M, 39C, 51, 51A, 51S, 52, 58, 59, 59A, 63, 63A and 69. Also there are red-roofed minibuses to go there too.

Introduction

Aberdeen in Hong Kong has long prospered off of sea-based industries from the boom of the city's fishing industry in the early 20th century to its oil industry today. Aberdeen is an old traditional fishing village to which is hard to find in any other parts of the world.

It is famous to tourists for the boat people living in the harbor and the floating seafood restaurants such as the Jumbo Floating Restaurant. The boat people are generally associated with the fishing industry, and there are also several dozen expatriates living on boats in the harbor. You may gain a deeper insight of the lifestyle of Hong Kong fishing folks by riding on a sampan.

History

There was a fishing village on the small island called Ap Lei Chau that was called Heung Kong Tsuen when the British came, and another village called Heung Kong Wai in nearby Wong Chuk Hang near the modern Ocean Park. It is thought that the British then called the main island "Hong Kong" after these small villages although the main island wasn't originally called that. Later, the little town was called Aberdeen after the city in Great Britain.

The British found a few thousand people of Tanka origin living in their boats in the bay in the middle of the 19th century. The number of people living in boats grew to 150,000 in the 1960s. Many people were coming in fishing boats from China. This was when the bay became well known in motion picture movies. But during the last 20 years, the number of people living in boats has greatly decreased. Instead of sampans, the local people go around in motorized boats. Almost all the fishermen leave their boats in the harbor and live on land. Now there are far more yachts and pleasure boats. Aberdeen now includes Wong Chuk Hang.

Features

  • Floating restaurants for good seafood.
  • The features of the Jumbo Floating Restaurant include:
  • The Top deck that is a restaurant and bar that serves western cuisine and is managed by the Cafe Deco Group.
  • The Dragon Court with gourmet Cantonese cuisine and some Ming Dynasty decor.
  • A Chinese chef school.
  • A Chinese Tea Garden.
  • A Bronze Ware Exhibition.
  • A Wine Garden.
  • Nearby parks and semi-jungles.
  • Watching people live and work on boats.
  • Victoria Peak.
  • Go on motorboat excursions in the area.

Nearby Attractions:

A little southeast of the bay is a small peninsula where Ocean Park is located south of Wong Chuk Hang. You can get a good view of Aberdeen Bay from high in Ocean Park.

You might want to visit Aberdeen Country Park that is a big area of about 1,000 acres north of the town or the Promenade. If you go to the Promenade, you can visit the wholesale fish market. The Promenade is about 800 meters long and has a plaza, playground, basketball courts and other facilities. You may be surprised about how clean, modern and plush Hong Kong free public facilities are.

If you would like to go for a good hike, you can walk for several hours from Aberdeen along Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road through Pok Fu Lam Country Park which a small jungle or woods. If you keep going up Pol Fu Lam Reservoir Road, you'll reach Victoria Peak with great views of both sides of the island and of the Hong Kong mainland. There is also a mall and buses back down and coffee shops and restaurants for refreshments. The walk up will take two hours or three hours, and it is strenuous unless you are used to walking up mountains. But the walk down isn't strenuous.

On the other side of the peak, you can hike down on a small road and after a walk down through some more jungle/woods reach Hong Kong Park, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens and other highlights in Central District.

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