HUGE Floating Restaurant

This floating restaurant makes your typical houseboat or shantyboat look more like a floating dustpan.  Jumbo Kingdom Website.

 

Jumbo Kingdom  consists of the Jumbo Floating Restaurant (珍寶海鮮舫) and the adjacent Tai Pak Floating Restaurant (太白海鮮舫), renowned tourist attractions in Aberdeen South Typhoon Shelter, within Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Harbour. Over 30 million visitors have visited Jumbo Kingdom, including Queen Elizabeth II, John Wayne, Tom Cruise, Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li.[1]There was also a Jumbo Kingdom Manila in Manila Bay, Philippines, but was closed after 8 years of operation.

The Jumbo Kingdom is an important member of Melco’s Leisure & Entertainment unit. Centred on the Jumbo and Tai Pak Floating Restaurants in Aberdeen Harbour, it is an internationally renowned tourist attraction. As a Hong Kong icon and a premier tourism and fine-dining establishment, Jumbohas regularly been upgraded over the past 30 years. Jumbo recently had a multi-million dollar refurbishment which not only gave the Jumbo a new look, but also transformed it into a theme park on the sea. Jumbo Kingdom is now a modern complex of dining, sightseeing and cultural attractions – a required stop in any tour of Hong Kong.

 History

Floating restaurants appeared in the typhoon shelter shortly after World War II. The Sea Palace Floating Restaurant was sold and towed to Australia.[2]

The Tai Pak Floating Restaurant was established in 1952.[3]

On October 30, 1971[3] a fire occurred at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, before its opening.[2] Up to 34 workers were killed.[4][5]

The Jumbo Kingdom was established in October 1976 by Dr. Stanley Ho after four years and over HK$30 million were spent to design and build it.[1] It was originally decorated in the style of an ancient Chinese imperial palace.

In 2000, two tugboats brought one of the floating barges (Palace) from the Aberdeen Harbour to the mouth of the Manila Bay, and was rebranded as the “Jumbo Kingdom Manila”. Much of the original ancient Chinese imperial palace style renovation has been retained.

The Jumbo Kingdom went through a major multi-million dollar renovation in 2003, which transformed it into a theme park on the sea including dining, shopping, sightseeing and cultural attractions.

Jumbo Kingdom Hong Kong’s attractions

  • Topdeck: A restaurant and bar located on the topdeck of Jumbo which serves western cuisine. Topdeck was opened in 2005 and is managed by Cafe Deco Group.[6]
  • Dragon Court: Dragon Court is a fine dining Chinese restaurant which serves authentic and innovative Cantonese cuisine located on the first deck of Jumbo. The interior design of the restaurant is a mixture of Ming Dynasty and contemporary Chinese.
  • Cooking Academy: A Chinese culinary school taught by the chefs of Jumbo Kingdom.
  • Sampan Dining: Visitors can experience the nostalgic Hong Kong dining experience from a bygone era, the Typhoon Shelter seafood meal on a sampan.
  • The Chinese Tea Garden
  • Pier Plaza
  • Bronzeware Exhibition
  • Wine Garden

In popular culture

The Jumbo Floating Restaurant appears in Jackie Chan‘s The Protector (1985),[2] The God of Cookery (1996)[7] and Infernal Affairs II.[7] The Tai Pak Floating Restaurant was featured in the 1955 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing[3] and the 1973 Enter the Dragon.[3] The Sea Palace, another floating restaurant located in the same area, was featured in the 1960 The World of Suzie Wong and in Enter the Dragon.[3]

Originally posted 2016-05-31 21:04:00.

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  1. I ate at the most spectacular Cantonese food on this vessel. The wood work inside is amazing. And the food… OH MY GOD!!! It was amazing. The SamPans in Hong Kong harbour can be incredible, with amazing wood work.
    If you ever find yourselves in Hong Kong and can’t think of anything to do or are just bored, I recommend a lunch at Jumbo, and a harbour tour.

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