Aberdeen Harbor: A Feast for the Senses
If your journey calls for a place that proudly displays its fondness for both progress and history, Trip Guru suggests that you head to Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Harbor. Located in Hong Kong Island’s Southern District, the town is best known for its floating village and restaurants.
Aberdeen Harbor is a study in contrast. Its neutral-colored condominiums are lined up on a bay that colorful boathouses call home, and traditional structures can be found right beside buildings set almost entirely in glass. This busy image is complemented by gastronomic offerings, the highlight of which is the iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant. Aside from the floating restaurant, the neighborhood features Asian dining outfits and fast food chains. Here, it is only too easy to feast your eyes on the sights, and then stop by a restaurant for a bit of rest and good food.
If you wish to explore the harbor, you can negotiate with a local for a guided tour of the floating village. It is best to settle your rates before you set out. The tour will give you a glimpse of how people still live and make their living on boats. To this day, you can still see some of the boathouse residents drying their catch on the side of their houses.
There’s no need to get wet to see this picturesque bay and taste its enticing flavors. Aberdeen Harbor is about 46 km from Hong Kong International Airport. You can commute to the bay by taking an A22 bus from the Ground Transportation Center at the airport. Get off at Valley Road Hung Hom and take a short walk to Ping Chi Street Hung Hom to find the 107 bus station. Get on a 107 bus and get off at Nam Long Shan Road. The harbor is just a 4-minute walk from there. Aberdeen Harbor is best enjoyed in summer, when the sea is mild and clear. It is also a good idea to visit in the morning to see the fish market in full swing, just before the fishes are delivered to the restaurants in the area.