Address: South bank of Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China
Surcharge Inside the Scenic Spot
Visit around the harbor by boat
Introduction of Aberdeen Fishing Village
Aberdeen, located on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, was only a haven for pirates more than 200 years ago. It was also the place where fisherman families living on boats gathered, which used to be a fishing village.
Aberdeen Fishing Village
Aberdeen was originally called Shek Pai Wan. In 1841, a group of British soldiers landed in Aberdeen and asked the local people where they were. The local people answered “Hong Kong”, so the whole island has been called Hong Kong Island and this place was called Little Hong Kong. The place was later named Aberdeen by the British Hong Kong Government, in honor of Lord Aberdeen, the British Foreign Secretary at that time.
Aberdeen is the earliest development area on Hong Kong Island. Hundreds of boatmen still live here and retain the character of a traditional fishing village. After years of development, now Aberdeen has become a famous sightseeing pier in Hong Kong. There are many boats berthing in the bay, such as boats offering seafood, old Chinese sailing boats, water taxis, sightseeing yachts, and speedboats. Fishing on a fishing boat is a very exciting and attractive trip to the sea. There are also tours around the harbor by boat. Each tour lasts half an hour and the fee is about 50-70 HKD. If there are a group of people, the price can be negotiated. During the cruise, you can take many beautiful pictures. In addition, you can enjoy delicious seafood while enjoying the sea view in the famous floating restaurant. Many tourists come here especially to taste the seafood.
History of Aberdeen Fishing Village
Before Hong Kong opened its port, fishermen had lived in Aberdeen for a long time. After the opening of the port, besides fishing, industry began to develop in the area of Aberdeen. The Xiapu Dockyard, built in 1857, was the first large-scale dockyard in Hong Kong. In the 1860s, it was acquired by Whampoa Dockyard and developed into Aberdeen Dry Dockyard, which later became one of the four major dockyards in Hong Kong. As time went by, many fishermen in Aberdeen had moved to live on land since the 1960s.
Attractions and Highlights in Aberdeen Fishing Village
Aberdeen Country Park
Aberdeen Country Park
Aberdeen Country Park (designated on October 28, 1977) is a country park located in Aberdeen. It is very popular with the local community and also attracts many visitors from outside Hong Kong.
Aberdeen Country Park is a beautiful place for hiking and walking, especially in the spring when the hills are covered with flowers and green trees. When tourists walk around in the park, they will feel happy and relaxed. The scenery that travelers now enjoy owes to the post-war afforestation and the regeneration of a variety of broad-leaved trees.
The Aberdeen Nature Trail is located to the east of Aberdeen Lower Reservoir. Visitors can learn more about the countryside from the signboards on the Trail. The Country Park provides a wide range of recreational facilities for different people, including barbeque grills, Tai Chi square, children’s recreation facilities, and fitness trails. There is also a wheelchair trail for the disabled. The Aberdeen Country Park Visitor Centre offers enquiry service and displays interesting information on country parks.
Since the 1970s, Aberdeen has been reclaimed for the construction of the Aberdeen Centre and the Aberdeen Praya Road. The land south of Aberdeen Praya Road is used as an open space for a waterfront park. Completed in 1992, it is the third waterfront park in Hong Kong after the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Tsuen Wan Promenade.
The length of the Aberdeen Promenade is about 800 metres from the junction of Aberdeen Praya Road and the west end of Aberdeen Main Road in the west, to the Aberdeen Praya Road and Kwun Hoi Path in the east.
Aberdeen Promenade features an open square, a children's playground and a basketball court. A number of piers are located along the waterfront, providing routes between Ap Lei Chau and the outlying islands of Hong Kong. There are also barges to the Jumbo Kingdom.
Here the world-famous “Jumbo Kingdom” (formerly known as Jumbo Floating Restaurant), is one of the world’s largest maritime restaurants with a history of nearly half a century. The Jumbo Kingdom is three stories high, decorated gorgeously with the red and golden double-dragon coiled columns and other traditional decorations, which is very grand. The three-story building is decorated in imitation of the design of ancient Chinese palaces. The golden and red flying dragons spiral up and look lifelike. It is like a maritime palace floating on the bay of Hong Kong. In order to have a close experience of the life and work of people living on the water in Aberdeen, many tourists choose to board the famous floating restaurant and enjoy the customs of this fishing port. The Seafood and Cantonese cuisine offered here are fresh and delicious.
How to Get to Aberdeen Fishing Village
Take Bus 107, 107P, 170, N170, 38, 72, N72 and get off at Aberdeen Promenade Station.
Chinese: 请带我去阿伯丁。English: Please take me to the Aberdeen Fishing Village.
If you go to Aberdeen from Hong Kong International Airport by taxi, it takes about 45 minutes (380 HKD).
If you go to Aberdeen from Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station by taxi, it takes about 30 minutes (120 HKD).
If you go to Aberdeen from Hong Kong Central by taxi, it takes about 15 minutes (90 HKD).
You can get there by the MTR South Island Line, and get off at Wong Chuk Hang Station (Exit B), then walk about 1.5 kilometers towards west to the Aberdeen Fishing Village.