- Aberdeen Harbour
:"For the harbour serving the Scottish city of Aberdeen, see
Transport in Aberdeen."Aberdeen is an area at the south shore of the Hong Kong Islandof Hong Kong. It is part of the Southern District. Aberdeen Harbour is a harbour between Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau. Aberdeen traditionally includes the town of Aberdeen, Wong Chuk Hangand Ap Lei Chau, but it sometimes referred to the town only.
Aberdeen was named, in 1845, after the British
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen. It is famous to tourists for the boat peopleliving in the harbour and the floating seafood restaurants such as the Jumbo Floating Restaurant. The boat people are generally associated with the fishing industry, and there are also several dozen expatriates living on boats in the harbour.
Aberdeen is known indigenously as Heung Kong Tsai or Hong Kong Tsai (香港仔), which means Hong Kong Minor. It is believed that Aberdeen is where the name of Hong Kong (more accurate transcription, Heung Kong) originates. Heung Kong Tsuen (香港村, Hong Kong village) on Ap Lei Chau was mentioned in Ming maps. Another walled-village
Heung Kong Waiin Wong Chuk Hang was also founded during Qianlongera of Qing. Heung Kong mean 'fragrant harbour', where incense trees ( Aquilaria sinensis) from New Territorieswere transferred here to export to other cities in China. One alternative Chinese name was "Shek Pai Wan" [ [http://irc.aa.tufs.ac.jp/thomson/vol_1/mother/102.html Hong Kong] Illustrations of China and Its People, John Thomson 1837-1921, (London,1873-1874)] (石排灣).
Aberdeen is served by
Pok Fu Lam Road, and Aberdeen Tunneland Nam Fung Roadthrough Wong Chuk Hang. Nam Fung Roadconnects Deep Water Bay Road, which also connects Wong Nai Chung Gap Roadto Happy Valley. A bridge links Aberdeen with Ap Lei Chauover the Aberdeen Harbour.
MTRSouth Island Line (West Section) will have stations in this area.
There are regular ferries to
Yung Shue Wanand Sok Kwu Wanon Lamma Island.
Transport to and from the boats in the harbour is usually provided by
sampans. These can also be hired to Lamma.
Jumbo Floating Restaurant[http://www.jumbo.com.hk/eng/main.php] is a favoured tourist spot. Looking like a floating palace of imperial China, it has attracted 30 million visitor since opening in 1976. Some of the famous diners include Queen Elizabeth II, John Wayne, Tom Cruise, Chow Yun Fatand Gong Li. The place was also featured in many Hong Kong and Hollywood movies.
In popular culture
Aberdeen Harbour is the first area of the video game
Canadian International School of Hong Kong, is also located on Nam Long Shannear Aberdeen. South Island Schoolis also located there. Local Chinese high schools in Aberdeen district include [http://www.ptcc.edu.hk/ Pui Tak Canossian College] and [http://www.stpeter.edu.hk/ St Peter's Secondary School] in Aberdeen Centre and [http://www.ats.edu.hk/ Aberdeen Technical School] in Wong Chuk Hang.
* [http://www.td.gov.hk/transport_in_hong_kong/index.htm Transport Department site giving routes and timetables]
* (2005). Eywitness Travel Guides: China, London:Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 1-4053-0876-1.
List of harbours in Hong Kong
List of buildings, sites and areas in Hong Kong
Aberdeen, Scotland, which also has a harbour
* [http://www.geocities.com/asiaglobe/gallery/aberdeen.htm Aberdeen photo gallery]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=22.245963,114.151769&spn=0.010539,0.014636&t=k&hl=en Satellite view of the site]
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