Aberdeen Harbour

Aberdeen is listed on almost every tourist itinerary. Pitched for its floating market and sampan rides, it is a bit of a letdown. There is very little left of the traditional way of life as towers now line this small harbour, and although there are boats selling fresh catch aplenty, the classic ‘floating market’ feel that you get in, say, Bangkok, is sorely missing. The famous floating Jumbo Restaurant is located in the middle of the harbour and, again, may not be worth the hype but is most certainly hard on the wallet. Interesting, Hong Kong took its name from Aberdeen Harbour, the original Chinese name for this once quiet fishing community. In Chinese, ‘Hong Kong’ means ‘Fragrant Harbour’ and was named for the incense trade that once flourished here. When the British colonists arrived, they mistook ‘Hong Kong’ for the name of the entire island, and renamed this harbour ‘Aberdeen’ after George Hamilton Gordon, the 4th Earl of Aberdeen (Scotland) and then British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.