Open since 1976, Hong Kong’s Jumbo Floating Restaurant serves classic Cantonese and seafood dishes aboard a traditionally Chinese Imperial-styled barge. Anchored in Aberdeen’s Typhoon Shelter, the establishment, part of the Jumbo Kingdom, is known as an iconic sightseeing, dining, and cultural attraction.
Some cruise tours offer a visit to the offshore mooring as part of a wider sightseeing itinerary and include a multi-course dinner, allowing visitors to save money as they dine aboard the illuminated structure. Alternatively, visit during the day to sample traditional lunch or dim sum menus or skip dining altogether, opting instead to explore the ornate establishment’s viewpoints and attractions, all photogenic enough to capture memorable snaps of the decor and surrounding coastline.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Jumbo Floating Restaurant isn’t easily accessible for wheelchair users. It has a lift, but access to the ferry and main structure itself includes steps.
- The elaborate structure offers striking views and is a must for any keen photographers.
- If you choose to travel to the ferry pier by taxi, you can redeem your fare by meeting a minimum order at the restaurant.
How to Get There
Cruise tours typically offer hassle-free access to the restaurant, though a free ferry shuttle also operates from Shum Wan and Aberdeen. Bus numbers 38, 42, 70, 72, 73 and 973 serve the Jumbo Floating Restaurant Ferry Pier in Aberdeen, while the numbers 72A and 75 serve the Jumbo Seafood Shum Wan Pier. Limited free parking is available for lunch or dinner customers at Jumbo Court, near the Shum Wan Pier.
When to Get There
The restaurant is particularly spectacular at night when it’s illuminated against a dark sky and sea. It’s a sight to behold for dinner visitors; however, those wishing to avoid crowds may prefer to visit by day—the rush often exceeds 2,000 guests.
Cinematic Hong Kong
The Jumbo Floating Restaurant, along with its neighboring complexes, featured in a number of famous productions, including The Protector, starring Jackie Chan, and Contagion. In fact, movie buffs can visit a number of notable filming locations across the city, including the Tsing Shan Monastery, where Bruce Lee filmed Enter The Dragon, and the International Finance Centre Tower 2, recognizable for its role in The Dark Knight.