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“Rampant water-taxi life style @ Aberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong”

Hong Kong Zigang Harbour
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Hong Kong Afternoon Sightseeing Tour Plus Dinner Cruise with Hotel Pickup from...
Ranked #163 of 818 things to do in Hong Kong
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Aberdeen is known for its floating islands where local fishermen can be seen plying their craft from their junks. It is also home to the floating restaurant, Jumbo. The best way to experience Aberdeen Harbour is to take a cruise tour by sampan.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Rampant water-taxi life style @ Aberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Aberdeen Harbour- A popular scenic spot in Hong Kong not only famous for its Jumbo Floating Restaurant, one must note the robust life style of Aberdeen Fishing village along the Aberdeen Bay. You can choose to embark onto the Lowest Class water taxi Sampan(motored by engine) or Medium Class motor Launch to ferry you across to/from the Jumbo Floating Restaurant or to tour along the Fishing Village. The cheapest transport, ie water taxi sampan, cost you HKD60 per Head to tour along the whole Bay of the Aberdeen Fishing Village. As compared, you will also find a few high-end speed boats and expensive yachts (owned by billionaires) along the jetty near the Jumbo Restaurant.
If you are a tourist, it is recommended to take the chance to experience how to ride or stay in a sampan boat as the local fishermen did. Aberdeen Harbour continues to preserve its ancient lifestyle of the fisherman, and remains a scenic highlight of Hong Kong tourists.
Close observation also reveal that the sampans and other old-fashioned boats serve as floating homes for thousands of people against the backdrop of the modern high-rise apartments nearby.

Visited April 2014
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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“So-so”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

The sampan tour of the harbour was part of our half-day tour of Hong Kong island, arranged as part of our package by the tour company. We paid 60 $HK each, and for that, it was probably worth it. You gently chug up and down rows of boats ranging from luxury yachts, to fishing craft, and past the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, which our tour guide warned us against visitin, unless we wanted to pay way over the odds for a Chinese meal.

Still, a 'must-do' in Hong Kong.

Visited March 2014
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“The Harbour was ok”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

I enjoyed looking at the yachts on our way to the nights main attraction JUMBO, We had a blast and I am glad I went. What a neat place,

Visited March 2014
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Sampam ride!”
Reviewed 7 March 2014

The harbour is busy and long. Even if your are willing to walk you won't experience the essence of it. Pay for a sampam ride, a typical wooden boat- and do negociate the price! Do not accpet the firts person to offer it. There are many all over the harbour, at different decks. leisure and fishing boat, all tangled in the bay. You cannot imagine how they actually get by there. Do not miss the fishing market, usually very crowded in the early mornings (6am to 11am). You will see live fish and other catches in aquariums, so you can buy them really fresh.

Visited January 2014
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Not as good as expected”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

We had a Sampan ride around Aberdeen harbour as part of our Big Bus Tour package.

It provided a good view of the Jumbo floating restaurant and the different classes of boats in the harbour including luxury yachts, house boats, sampans but the majority were old shabby fishing boats.

Overall though, apart from seeing the Jumbo restaurant, the tour was not as good as we had expected and as the day was wet and cold we were pleased when the tour was over.

Visited February 2014
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