Hong Kong Travel Guide

Village of Aberdeen


China Travel Guide - Hong Kong - Aberdeen VillageAberdeen is an area on the south shore of Hong Kong Island in 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 Hang and Ap Lei Chau, but it is sometimes used to refer to the town only.


Starting during the Ming Dynasty, "Hong Kong" became the original name for the presently-named Aberdeen village.In the early 19th century, foreigners who landed near Aberdeen Village mistook the name of the village "Hong Kong" for the whole island. When the foreigners eventually realized their mistake, the name "Hong Kong" was already commonly used to refer to the entire island.Thus in 1845, Aberdeen was named after the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen. It is famous to tourists for its floating village and the floating seafood restaurants such as the Jumbo Floating Restaurant. The Tanka people are generally associated with the fishing industry, and there are also several dozen expatriates living on boats in the harbour.

China Travel Guide - Hong Kong - Aberdeen VillageAberdeen is known indigenously as Heung Kong Tsai or Hong Kong Tsai, 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 on Ap Lei Chau was mentioned in Ming maps. Another walled-village Heung Kong Wai in Wong Chuk Hang was also founded during Qianlong era of Qing. Heung Kong means 'fragrant harbour' and it was Aberdeen where incense trees (Aquilaria sinensis) from the New Territories used to be transferred for export to other cities in China. One alternative Chinese name was "Shek Pai Wan".


Aberdeen is served by Pok Fu Lam Road, Aberdeen Tunnel and Nam Fung Road through Wong Chuk Hang. Nam Fung Road connects Deep Water Bay Road, which also connects Wong Nai Chung Gap Road to Happy Valley. A bridge links Aberdeen with Ap Lei Chau over Aberdeen Harbour.

The proposed MTR South Island Line (West Section) will have stations in this area.

There are regular ferries to Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma Island.

Transport to and from the boats in the harbour is usually provided by sampans. These can also be hired to Lamma.


Aberdeen Jumbo Floating Restaurant is a favoured tourist spot. Looking like a floating palace of imperial China, it has attracted over 30 million visitors since opening in 1976. Some of the famous diners include Queen Elizabeth II, John Wayne, Tom Cruise, Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li. It has also been featured in many Hong Kong and Hollywood movies.


China Travel Guide - Hong Kong - Aberdeen VillageCanadian International School of Hong Kong, Singapore International School and Victoria Shanghai Academy are all located on Nam Long Shan. Victoria Shanghai Academy is an International Baccalaureate World School, and runs all three educational programs of the IB. The International Montessori Schoolis located on Ap Lei Chau near Aberdeen. South Island School is located nearby on Hong Kong Island. Local Chinese high schools in Aberdeen district include Pui Tak Canossian College and St Peter's Secondary School in Aberdeen Centre and Aberdeen Technical School in Wong Chuk Hang.

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