Aberdeen is a small area next to Aberdeen Harbour on the south of Hong Kong Island. It is one of the few places left in Hong Kong that can provide a vestige into Hong Kong’s fishing based heritage, albeit, juxtaposed amongst a backdrop of modern skyscrapers.
This visual contrast of a sampan and junk boat filled harbour amongst a modern cityscape of Aberdeen has for a long time become what the world envisioned Hong Kong to be, this backdrop was popularised in the 1973 worldwide hit Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee, and then further cemented into popular culture by many subsequent portrayals of Hong Kong from Hollywood.
This unique area of Hong Kong remains as a must see tourist attraction and not just for movie buffs, the “Jumbo” floating restaurant has been a main drawcard for tourist throughout the years, being one of the world’s largest floating restaurants and is a staple on any tour of Hong Kong. Getting to the Jumbo restaurant via boat trip especially at night is an experience in itself, other than the Jumbo, there are many Seafood dining options and you can literally buy seafood fresh of the boat. Despite the modernization of Hong Kong the tradition of house boats and living off the sea still remains and Aberdeen is one of the few places that can provide a glimpse of this lifestyle.
During the annual dragon boat festival or Tuen Ng Festival, dragon boat races are also held along the Aberdeen harbour, and is one of the more popular venues that host these events drawing many spectators and tourists. The nearby Aberdeen Country Park and reservoir offer a welcome escape from the congestion of the city and is a popular spot for trekking and especially for BBQ cook outs.
Aberdeen has a special place in Hong Kong’s history, as it is believed to be the where the origin of the name of "Hong Kong" came from. The Aberdeen Harbour was used to ship incense trees to other cities in China during the Ming Dynasty and was accordingly named Hong Kong (or fragrant harbour in Chinese) along with the accompanying village. In the early Nineteenth century, foreigners that landed there mistakenly took the village name "Hong Kong" as a representation of the whole island, and so serendipitously, the name Hong Kong came to be.
Information on Aberdeen provided by Home Net, Licensed Hong Kong Property Agency.