Aberdeen
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J&S_Singapore
By J&S_Singapore
a walk along the 香港仔 promenade
4.0 of 5 bubblesJul 2023
We took the MTR to the (newer) Lei Tung station on the South Island Line to reach Ap Lei Chau which is a short walk to the promenade. This is just directly opposite Aberdeen. We then took the boat ride across, HK$5 for a 5-mins ride! Aberdeen is famous not only to tourists but also to locals for its floating village and floating seafood restaurants located in the Aberdeen Harbour. There is the alternate way of crossing over via the Ap Lei Chau Bridge and Aberdeen Channel Bridge, but can’t resist trying out the short boat-sampan ride. Minimum waiting time and it was an average bumpy experience negotiating through the many parked boats!. The tree-lined Aberdeen Promenade — a walkway running beside Aberdeen Harbour — is a popular spot where visitors can relax and take in some breeze. It is also a famous places for tourists to take photographs of Aberdeen Harbour and attracted many years back when the massive Jumbo was stationed here. . A pity the hot July is quite punishing weather We walked towards both end and completed within an hour but did not venture beyond to the nearby Tin Hau Temple . A cruise by the sampan or visit to the Wholesale Fish market is also recommended but must catch the right timing. We noted that along the park there are several wharves providing ferries to the Lammar Island & Po Toi Island The boardwalk is well maintained with benches and public toilets, and certainly the locals are making use of the facilities. However there were no business activities (just past 1 pm noon) and the hot sun really chases one to hide under shade. Within the Aberdeen Promenade we noted there is an open-air square, a children’s playground and other entertainment facilities. An overhead bridge links to a large building opposite and a Bus Terminal. We got the boat back where we tripped back to Central via the MTR. Overall a good experience, and glad we made the trip. Just pity that the giant Jumbo is not more station here….
Brad
By Brad
Interesting history and some good sightseeing
4.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2021
Aberdeen is a seaside community on the southwest side of Hong Kong Island that has an interesting history and is a fairly popular location for tourists visiting the city. Historically, this area of Hong Kong was long inhabited by the Tanka people, fisherfolks known for living in floating villages. The harbour also has a long standing fishing industry which can still be experienced along the Aberdeen Promenade and Wholesale Market. Along the promenade, you will find fresh and dried seafood dealers selling directly to the public. You can also browse around the wholesale market, which is very busy first thing in the morning. Other popular activities around the promenade include arranging sampan boats for joy rides around the busy Aberdeen Harbour or catching ferry rides to outlying islands of Lamma or Po Toi. For several decades, this has also been where tourists would catch short ride out to the historic Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant. Unfortunately, the Jumbo Kingdom closed down in 2020 due to the pandemic. However, the local government has plans for a large scale tourism revitalisation and overhaul project for the entire area of Aberdeen. Part of this scheme will include passing over possession of the Jumbo Kingdom to Ocean Park who will manage the property as a heritage attraction in the future. No precise dates have been agreed for these initiatives. My best guess is that it will be at least several years before doors are reopened. There are a few other things to do around Aberdeen for those interested in spending a bit more time here. The historic Tin Hau Temple is worth a visit, you can across the harbour to spend time in neighbouring Ap Lei Chau or spend time in the family friendly hiking grounds around the Aberdeen Reservoirs and Country Park just northeast of the fishing village.

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Neighborhood: Sheung Wan
Unlike most of Hong Kong’s other popular districts, Sheung Wan welcomes wanderers with an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere. Art galleries are plentiful and boutique cafés are tucked away in every side street in the sub district known as “PoHo.” Browse through the vintage clothing and handmade leather goods stores – it’s no surprise fashionistas flock to this area. History enthusiasts will be rewarded with sites of beautiful architecture, reflecting Sheung Wan’s past as one of the earliest settlements by British forces. As night falls, the entertainment scene reveals itself to be just as laid back with its private kitchens, speakeasies and underground bars dotted throughout the area. When in Sheung Wan, everyday feels like the weekend.
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  • Sheung Wan • 4 min walk
  • Hong Kong • 10 min walk

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paul g
Brisbane, Australia810 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
Getting out on the water to see some of HK was a great idea. An appreciation for the variations in architecture, social standings and rates of progress were definitely gained by traveling on a sampan to take this area in. It was all so very different to where I was stsying in Mongkok.
Written June 29, 2017
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yssunil
Singapore, Singapore403 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
This review is limited to the wholesale fish market on the aberdeen bay.
This is a must visit place if you have the taste to explore Hong Kong a local way to know their cultures and their way of living. It would take you around 30 minutes to reach here from the HK central station and the best time to visit is before evening. It’s is a wholesale fish market at the Aberdeen Harbour at the fag end of the walkway. This is where you will get to see the fresh catches everyday as the big mechanized fishing boats come and drop their prized catches. I was so visually amazed to look through all kinds of live sea-food in varied colors and sizes in big numbers. A nice place to capture some good photographs of sea food being sorted stored or packed. The fishermen are quite accommodative and don’t mind you clicking pictures or having a closer look at the sea-life.
The place is a bit messy with water all around. Be ready to get your shoes wet. And yes, it doesn’t smell. It’s a fresh catch, you know 
Written November 12, 2015
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TravelBug1469
Manila, Philippines1,712 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Couples
Present day Aberdeen is a picture of great contrast in every detail. Modernization and development is catching up with the old, traditional culture of the boat-dwelling people. High-rise buildings and luxury yachts are replacing the heritage fishing village and old-fashioned Sampans and junks yet Aberdeen continues to be a thriving and busy harbor; still accounts for 30% of total sea produce in HK and still home to some Tanka people.Fishing had been greatly reduced with dwindling number of fishermen and tourism has become the number one industry in Aberdeen. Retired fishermen are now boat operators touring guests around the harbour and nearby island while their children find other means of living beside fishing.
Public and tourist buses drop visitors off at Aberdeen Promenade, a stretch of park that runs along the harbor, newly renovated with bathroom facilities, vending machines, and nice areas to stroll, just sit and people watch. It is here where berthing point to Jumbo Floating Restaurants, Tai Pak, the many "Sampan Ride" stations and the ferry to Ap Lei Chau, the little island just across can be found.
A Sampan Ride is an interesting way to see the life in Aberdeen. Tanka women offer the ride which zip you from the docks in the Aberdeen Promenade for a closer look to the floating village, the ferries, trawlers, junks, fishing boats traversing the waters, the boat-dwellers going on their daily chores in their floating homes, the shipyards along the sides, and the Floating Restaurants. The 30 minute ride is usually charged around HK 80 per person which you can bargain down to HK 50 or even less if you're in a group. Make sure you negotiate before the tour.
Go to Aberdeen by Bus 70 from Exchange Square (Bus Terminal Complex) in Central Hong Kong, sit in the upper deck and enjoy the vistas as you approach the harbor. Another option is the Hoop-On-Hoop-Off Bus which stops at Aberdeen. Take the Green Route which connects at the Central Star Ferry Pier and services Aberdeen, Repulse Bay and Stanley. Taxi will cost about HK$80 going to Aberdeen. MTR will be available after 2015.
Written December 21, 2014
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JamesWHongKong
Hong Kong, China179 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Solo
Hong Kong, as recently as March 2017, hosted another HK Walls Street Art Festival. This time it was mostly located in Hong Kong Island South, in the predominantly industrial area of Wong Chuk Hang.

The recent extension of the MTR system to Island south has made this area of Hong Kong much more accessible and travelling there is now very easy and convenient. One stop on from the theme park of Ocean Park brings you to the station of Wong Chuk Hang.

If you exit from either exit A or B this will put you in the right location to start exploring the new wall art on display. Most of the art work can be found along Heung Yip Road or by following Yip Fat Street from one end to the other. You can also find some additional work along Wong Chuk Hang Road. The art work is both colourful and varied with a range of local and international Street artists displaying their work, among them Snik Arts from the UK and Jecks from Thailand.

For lovers of Street Art, the once neglected industrial district of Wong Chuk Hang is now firmly on the tourist map. If you're in town, hop on the MTR and check it out.

(Here's a selection of artwork I snapped on my recent visit in early April)
Written April 16, 2017
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HongKongJJ
Metro Manila, Philippines42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
Aberdeen is still like old Hong Kong even though there are now plenty of modern high rise apartment blocks having been recently built, not leas due to the MTR being extended to reach Aberdeen. The harbour area is interesting and a Sampan ride around worthwhile to do but make sure you bargain for a reasonable price. I managed to get a good tour round for 3 people for $120 which I think is not unfair. But the asking price started at $240 which is way too much. The fish market is worth a visit as well and you can just turn up and walk around even though it's really a wholesale market. The floor is inches deep in water in quite a few places in the market so don't go there if wearing your favourite Jimmy Choos! The town centre itself is unremarkable and not really worth visiting except that, having made the trip to Aberdeen, you may as well venture in there. The famous Jumbo restaurant is also at Aberdeen but do be prepared for the fact that it really is a tourist attraction with only OK food and not very cheap either. But plenty of locals still go there so it must have some appeal. Depending how long your stay in Hong Kong is, Aberdeen is worth a visit. But low priority if you've only got a couple of days.
Written October 17, 2016
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Fouregas
United States5,248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
So with the new extension of the South Island MTR line one can get from Admiralty on the north side of HK Island to Ap Lei Chau in just 12 minutes as compared to in the old days via vehicles either through the Aberdeen tunnel or around the western side which take much longer.
In Ap Lei Chau Island and Aberdeen across you will still find some quaintness of old HK especially the boat people.
A very short (few minutes) and inexpensive (less than HK$3) small ferry ride (hold maybe less than 30 ppl?) which shuttle back and forth the 2 places you will pass by sampans, boats, small yachts and a little glimpse of how they live.
Walk the streets of both Ap Lei Chau and Aberdeen, the cooler south side of HK is much less crowded and laid back than the hustle and bustle of Central or Wanchai.
Written March 11, 2017
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Bismoy
Jamshedpur, India51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
Aberdeen is located in Southern Hongkong and is totally different from the hustle and bustle of central HK.It has a beautiful promenade and great market complex next to each other.The horbour view is also beautiful.This place is quite a drive from central and has no MRT service,hence buses and taxis are your only option for movement.
Written June 9, 2014
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Sozlovesholisays
Ipswich, UK1,799 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We had a lovey ride around the typhoon shelter if Aberdeen Harbour.
You will see a large floating restriction, this looks fun.
Takes about 30 minutes
Great fun loved it.
Written June 17, 2019
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Adven-jude-rer
Asia698 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
Worth a go-see is the expanse east of Aberdeen. Get off from the Wong Chuk Hang train station (South Island line) and just walk on. The Factory, one of the edifices in the area, grabs attention with larger-than-life comic-style mural painted by Mauro Marchesi of Italy. It`s easily spotted on the external side of the building, runs through the internal parking section and ends up in the lobby. Stroll further along Heung Yip Street to spot a smattering of illustrations directly sprayed on the walls. Yip Fat Street, just nearby, also has its share of painted images ranging from panel size to several stories tall. This factory district near the Aberdeen Harbor has been getting some buzz for the graffiti art. Then after time spent public art gazing, stumble across Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Market. This quaint hawkers stall can be described as the un-food-court-at-the-mall. Inside the concrete structure, evoking a heyday of several decades past, are stalls offering, what else, cooked food, merchandise and commercial snacks. Boxes of foodstuffs cram all the other available spaces not otherwise occupied by tables and stools. On the high ceilings are symmetrical placements of lights and wall fans. Patrons young and old, whether school kids in their uniform or office workers or local denizens, will continuously stream in and out to buy or eat or chat or do such combination. If one goes to one end to take a view of the scene, it`s the equivalent of visual cacophony but still amusing in itself. It harks back to old Hongkong and evokes a Wong Kar Wai period film. This and Wong Chuk Hang-situated public art combine for an unhurried exploration which can be enjoyed solo or with companions.
Written July 12, 2018
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HKeater
Singapore, Singapore32,579 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
South Island line to Lei Tung and exit A to Ap Lei Chau promenade. There, get a delightful short ferry ride across the harbour to Aberdeen promenade.

Just wander around and take in the sites. Fishball flat rice noodles the specialty.
Written April 9, 2017
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