Aberdeen Promenade

Address: Aberdeen Praya Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, China

- Free


A living and working harbour - and a lot more.

Called Heung Gong Tsai (Little Hong Kong) in Cantonese, Aberdeen was a busy little community long before the Brits planted the Union Jack back in the 1840s.

It's even busier now, with thousands still living aboard their boats, whether fishing smack or gin palace, according to income and occupation. Sampans (Chinese wooden boats) ply for hire on the waterfront, and half an hour's trip around the typhoon shelter is 30 minutes well spent. The Jumbo Floating Restaurant, while eye-catching (especially when lit up at night) and "world famous", is not renowned for superb food. 

The shipyards on the southern shore of the harbour mainly build pleasure junks nowadays. The only junk with sails you are likely to see is the Aqua Luna, designed especially for tourists (see How to get around Hong Kong).

Value for money

Expert tips

Sampan coxswains expect you to bargain, but are much better at it than you are.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching
  • No fuss
  • History