When you think about Hong Kong a hundred different ideas spring to mind and I'm sure that the Aberdeen Fishing Village is probably not the first thing you think of. But, this quaint little floating village is located just away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is definitely worth checking out if you want to meet some locals, indulge in delicious seafood and see something that you won't find at home!
The village is located in the Aberdeen Habour which is in the Southern Distict of Hong Kong. It is home to approximately 600 junks (a traditional type of chinese vessel - very cool) and houses around 6,000 people. Since the 19th century the village has been one of the most important fishing ports in Hong Kong and today it coninues to function as a thriving and proftable harbour but also attracts travellers and photographers, all keen to witness the beauty and eclectic mix of traditional chinese living juxtaposed against the modern high rises of the city.
The best way to properly check out the village is to take a sampa (a small boat) and float through the hundreds of brightly decorated trawellers which double as floating homes for local Chinese families. There's so much to see in the village, including how the locals live, work and play, and you will find yourself consantly having to turn your head to capture it all...so make sure you bring a camera!
After you've seen the village you can enjoy a delicious but slightly pricey seafood feast at one of the many floating restaurants. Jumbo King is probably the most famous and is known for its amazing dim sum, its impressive wine list and its exquisite exterior which comes alive at night with hundreds of fairy lights and two giant dragon statues on the outside. The ambiance of this restaurant is like something else, so it is definitely worth a visit if you have the chance.
Whilst in Aberdeen it's also worth checking out Aberdeen Country Park or Aberdeen Promenade. The park spans 1,045 acres and is the oldest country park in the country. The promenade neighbours the wholesale fish market and boasts an open-air plaza as well as great views of the piers and outlying islands.
So, there you have Aberdeen Fishing Village and it's surroundings in a nut shell. It is a truly unique experience that you won't find in many places around the world so we'd strongly suggest you get yourself there and catch the action first hand.