Hong Kong: Junks at Aberdeen

We met our tour guide, Yami (didn't get a pic of her) in the lobby and we were joined by 2 other elderly Chinese couples from New Zealand and Singapore. We had the most filling breakfast ever (Dim Sum by the truckload) in this restaurant on Hong Kong island.

I couldn't really get any pics of the scrumptious Dim Sum coz let's just say the food disappeared faster than you can think how to say "Bon Appetite" in Cantonese. However, my friend thought it would be good to capture some of the seafood (while they were still alive) at the restaurant.

This one kinda reminds me of Sebastian from Disney's The Little Mermaid!

Our first stop was the Golden Bauhinia Square, where the national flag raising ceremony is conducted daily. It marks the return of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 1997. Nothing much to do here except for photo opps.

The Forever Blooming Bauhinia sculpture

Against the waterfront of Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island

The tallest building in Hong Kong , the IFC - you might recognize it from The Dark Knight where Batman jumped from the rooftop.

Next on the itenerary was Aberdeen Harbour - home to many people living on fishing junks. We took a 'sampan' ride to get a good view of the how traditional these people's lives are. Can you imagine living on a boat your whole life - although it comes equipped with air-cond, tv, internet access?

A typical junk

Such an odd sight - junks against the high rise buildings of the city

Our 'sampan' ride guide - since the water is heavily polluted and the fishing industry is not part of the economy today, these fishermen's main source of income is paddling tourists around Aberdeen Harbour.

Fishing boat

There were also yachts docked at the harbour which belonged to the rich & famous of Hong Kong.

I liked this one in particular - maybe because it stood out from the rest

Apparently, this is the most expensive yacht there - 4 billion

Aberdeen is also home to the famous giant floating restaurant - Jumbo Kingdom. According to our tour guide, the quality of the food there is really bad. But it does look nice when it's all lit up at night (I've seen pics).

Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant - includes a cafe, conference & banquet facilities, cultural attractions, a Cooking Academy and exhibits.

Next stop - Repulse Bay...to be continued.

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