Aberdeen Fishing Village

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Aberdeen Fishing Village
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China7,995 contributions
Hong Kong's fishing past
May 2021
Aberdeen is Hong Kong's oldest village for boatpeople. Although fishing is no longer a major industry in Hong Kong, the old fish boats mark the city's maritime history. Walking along the waterfront provides a glimpse of the past and the traditional life. Some of the boats still sell fresh seafood and dried produces.
Written May 15, 2021
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Hong Kong, China3,893 contributions
Not much of a village left...
Jan 2021 • Solo
...but the packed waterway between Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chai is still worth seeing, especially from a quick HK$2.5 boat ride across. On the Aberdeen side there are loads of information boards about the history of the area and both sides have some pretty features in front of the standard high rise. Very easy to reach on the MTR from Lei Tung station.
Written January 15, 2021
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,130 contributions
A sampan boat ride on the Aberdeen Harbour is still an enjoyable, scenic highlight of any Hong Kong Island tour.
Dec 2019
My wife and I undertook an afternoon and evening Grayline HK tour of Hong Kong Island on 29 December 2019 which culminated in a Bauhinia Harbour Dinner Cruise incorporating the nightly Symphony of Lights experience.

The tour covered a number of key attractions of Hong Kong Island including an enjoyable thirty minute sampan boat ride on the famed Aberdeen Fishing Village Harbour.

The village of Aberdeen is located in the south-west of Hong Kong Island. It is a quaint and charming fishing village creating a picturesque scene, with traditional fishing boats moored side by side modern yachts with the Hong Kong high rise buildings framing the harbour offering a world of interesting contrasts.

On the day of our Grayline tour it was raining on and off. However, the rain stopped for our sampan ride on the Aberdeen Harbour which was rather fortunate. We set off for our sampan boat ride from a very ornately decorated jetty. The sampan was equipped with surprisingly comfortable polished wooden seating.

It was an enjoyable experience with lots of interesting boating activity on the water. We saw row upon row of the old-fashioned junks and sampans and some house boats where some fishermen and their families still live. The village has been an important fishing port since the 19th century. Originally it has been estimated that there were 600 fishing junks at the harbour where approximately 6,000 people resided. However, over the past 20 years the number of fishing villagers has declined and many of the residents have moved onshore.

The outstanding sight on the sampan tour is of course the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant. It has become one of the important landmarks in Hong Kong, providing high-end catering services for tourists. It was completed and opened in 1976 after four years at a cost of more than 30 million Hong Kong dollars. It has ornately adorned artwork and traditional dragon sculptures. It is such an imposing structure consisting of three floors and an open top deck. Amid the many smaller junks, sampans and yachts it certainly dominates the harbour seascape. The boat ride gave us two contrasting insights into the Jumbo Floating Restaurant – a first impression of a very ornate frontage which they happily want you to see and later in the cruise a view of a most ordinary uninspiring back area which they probably hope many won't see.

I recalled doing a sampan boat ride of this fishing village back in 1974 when I first visited Hong Kong. Back then there were more fishing boats but no modern yachts and there was no completed Jumbo Floating Restaurant. I enjoyed it then as much as I enjoyed it this time around. There is still today a touch of tradition and charm about the old Aberdeen fishing port that appeals. Indeed a sampan boat ride on the Aberdeen Harbour is still an enjoyable, scenic highlight of any Hong Kong Island tour.
Written July 20, 2020
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Terry F
Friendswood, TX91 contributions
A slower pace than the rest of the city
Dec 2019
The waterfront was very clean. We boarded the sampan and traveled around the busy harbor for about twenty minutes. We first passed the multi-million dollar yachts and then we traveled past the families living on their sampans. Amazing comparison of the old and the new.
Written January 6, 2020
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Alanthebairn
Falkirk, UK868 contributions
Not much left
Dec 2019
An Aberdeen Harbour tour used to provide a fascinating view of a vibrant Hong Kong fishing community. Now; together with the harbours much reduced size, there is very little of this original community left. There seems to be many luxury yachts in the harbour than houseboats. Times move on.
Written December 16, 2019
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BarrieLV
Bath, UK393 contributions
A change of pace and a good way to see more of Hong Kong Island
Nov 2019
We took the number 70 bus from the CBD (Exchange Square) across the island to Aberdeen. Sitting on the top deck we got excellent views of parts we had not visited and using the ordinary bus was cheap and simple and at our own pace. When we got to Aberdeen harbour we took a little local ferry across (using the octopus card) and walked along the harbour, a very interesting contrast and change of pace to the Hong Kong business district and Kowloon. The buses were frequent and easy to locate to get back to the CBD. Allow an hour each way for the bus and an hour or so at the harbour. The bus trip is part of the fun.
Written November 16, 2019
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Kaymtravel7
Los Angeles, CA800 contributions
Lovely Sampan ride
May 2019 • Friends
We really enjoyed visiting this sleepy Waterfront. We took a charming sam pan ride for about 20 minutes around the water, which was very relaxing and picturesque. Worth a visit.
Written November 12, 2019
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ochassot
Santa Ana, Costa Rica952 contributions
Great for a half-day trip
Oct 2019
Aberdeen, on the south side of Hong Kong Island, makes for a nice half-day trip to atcha harbour life and the fish market. There are many sampans taking people to sail the Aberdeen Harbour for 30 minutes, well worth.
Written November 5, 2019
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Tom M
Novato, CA11 contributions
Not bad and easy to reach
Sep 2019
Aberdeen gave me some of the classic junk village sights I was looking for. Not perfect, as you can see from the photo, as it is surrounded by large apartment villages. Not quite the waterfront scene I was expecting from my memories of magazine and TV images, but good enough. Easy to reach by MTR, which I think is relatively new. I crossed the harbor and took shuttle to the Jumbo to eat. Tourist rip off, but what the heck, I was a tourist and I got a tour of the harbor on the shuttle.
Written October 31, 2019
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RayICue
Cornelius, NC3,888 contributions
A Very Local Look
Oct 2019 • Friends
Ever how you get to motor around the on water village , you’re sure to enjoy. The fascination of a group of people who subside and exist under the massive high rise buildings is very impressive.
Written October 27, 2019
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