Jumbo Kingdom consists of the Jumbo Floating Restaurant (珍寶海鮮舫) and the adjacent Tai Pak Floating Restaurant (太白海鮮舫), are renowned tourist attractions in Aberdeen South Typhoon Shelter, within Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Harbour.
The Jumbo Kingdom is an internationally renowned tourist attraction in Hong Kong where modernity meets the local tradition. It is located at the Jumbo and Tai Pak Floating Restaurants in Aberdeen Harbour. It has been serving for about 30 years and recently got an attractive look of a theme park on the sea with the expense of multi-million dollars. Designed as a Chinese palace, it can accommodate up to 2,300 dinners in a multi-faceted complex with sightseeing and cultural facilities.
History of Aberdeen Harbour & Jumbo Kingdom –Hong Kong:
Shortly after the Second World War, the trend of floating restaurants appeared in typhoon shelters. The Sea Palace restaurant was towed to Australia and the Tai Pak Floating restaurant was established in 1952. Before its opening in 1971, a fire-related incident took place at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant that killed 34 workers. Later, Dr. Stanley Ho, established the world famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant in the October of 1976. Lots of labours, times and bucks were spent to reform the restaurant (over 30 million HK$ were spent to built the restaurant in four years). It was originally ornamented in the style of an ancient Chinese imperial palace. Due to its exquisite ornamentation, it has been globally appreciated by both local and international tourists and visitors, and has turned into the scenic landmark of Hong Kong. Many of the tourists keep the spot on their ‘must see’ list. Different types of sea foods are available in the restaurant along with a tea garden and a gourmet restaurant serving top-class traditional Chinese and modern dishes. It has also entertained countless international dignitaries and celebrities including HM Queen Elizabeth II, film stars Tom Cruise, Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li, and over 30 million other valued visitors and guests. In the year 2000, two tugboats brought one of the floating barges (Palace) from the Aberdeen Harbour to the mouth of the Manila Bay, and that was rebranded as the “Jumbo Kingdom Manila” but the Chinese imperial style renovation was unchanged.
Travel Guide information of Aberdeen Harbour & Jumbo Kingdom –Hong Kong:
The restaurant is located at Sham Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong. Aberdeen can be reached via Wong Chuk Hang by Pok Fu Lam Road, Aberdeen Tunnel and Nam Fung Road. A bridge connects Aberdeen with Ap Lei Chau over the Aberdeen Harbour. Besides, to reach the Aberdeen Harbour & Jumbo Kingdom, one can take bus, taxi or free shuttle service. Regarding the bus service, one should take the bus the MTR Central Station. Exit – A, then take bus 70 from the Exchange Square bus terminus. If one takes a taxi from Hong Kong International Airport, it will not take more than HK $500. From Hong Kong side it will not exceed HK$ 100 for the tourists to reach the restaurant. And from the Kowloon side, it will not exceed HK$ 140 in fare. Besides, there are free shuttle boats to take you from Shum wan and Aberdeen.
Some Tips when you visit on Aberdeen Harbour & Jumbo Kingdom –Hong Kong:
Keep in mind- the restaurant opens at 11.00am and closes at 11.30pm from Monday to Saturday, and 7.00am to 11.30pm in Sunday and other public holidays. The restaurant access if free of charges and one can easily quench the thirst for a luxurious dinning on sea level. If you hire a taxi to reach the restaurant, do not forget to take receipt from the driver, that will help you get a reduction in your net bill over the amount of HK$ used for the ride. It is imperative to settle all the fares and prices before you start using the services outside the restaurants. Keep your eyes open, although the restaurant is quite noisy and crowded, you could get the chance to get an autograph or photograph with local or international celebrities inside the restaurant.
Culture & Customs of Aberdeen Harbour & Jumbo Kingdom –Hong Kong:
The conventional Aberdeen is consisted of the Aberdeen town but still contains some of the conventional attributes of the fishing village. Fishermen use the traditional sampans to net the fishes from the sea. Visitors can also hire boats to go around the fishing ports. The fishermen sell their gathered fishes to the nearby restaurants to make their living.
Transport/ Getting Around in Aberdeen Harbour & Jumbo Kingdom –Hong Kong:
You cal also visit to the Hung Shing, weather of God to the South Seas. Tin Hau Temple is another famous temple in Aberdeen which is another lucrative place to visit and dedicated to the queen of Heaven and Protector of the fishermen living there.