Family Trip to Lantau Island

 

Spending The Day In Lantau with Family

For traveling families that visit Hong Kong, taking a day trip to Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, Lantau is recommended. Apart from Disneyland Hong Kong, the island Lantau is famous for its untouched nature, luscious green valleys, and the giant outdoor Buddha statue.

This island of fishing people, Hong Kong’s largest, has grown into a tourist hub with the Tung Chung New Town, Lantau Link, Ngong Ping 360, and Hong Kong International Airport.

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Getting There

To get to Lantau from Hong Kong, the best and fastest method is to take the Tung Chung metro line to the island. Subways in China are well organized, clearly labeled and color coordinated so one shouldn’t feel any anxiety if this is their first time traveling. If worst comes to worst travelers can always try to ask someone for help.

Transportation

There are plenty of interesting ways to get around while in Lantau. We felt it would be pertinent to list some of these methods here, both for water and land transportation.

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Ferry in Discovery Bay and Water Taxi

Tourists can use the ferry services provided by New World First Ferry to get around Lantau. This ferry service runs between Mu Wo and Central. It takes about 30 to 50 minutes to make a trip.

Travelers can also enjoy a 24-hour ferry service operated by HKR Internation Limited. These ferries run between Pier 3 in Central and Discovery Bay, with a 25 minute travel time.

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One can also utilize inter-island ferry services on a Kai-to. A kai-to is a small ferry that links the smaller islands and the mainland.

Travelers who are looking for something a little different can use a traditional water taxi aka the walla walla. These water taxis typically depart from Cheung Chau Island.

Taxis

It is important for travelers to know the three types of taxis available in Hong Kong. The taxis are color coded according to their service areas. The red taxis travel the urban areas. The green taxis service the New Territories. Finally, all Lantau Island taxis are blue. These blue taxis take travelers anywhere on Lantau Island as well as to the Hong Kong Airport and Hong Kong Disneyland.

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New Lantau Bus 

For bus services, the New Lantau Bus provides island transportation. There are many bus routes, nearly all of which end at Mui Wo pier and Tung Chung.  Depending on the destination, fares can range from three dollars to forty-three dollars.

Cable Car

Travelers seeking a relaxing transportation method can enjoy a cable car. One such cable car is the Ngong Ping 360, a gondola lift operated by the MTR. This cable car runs over Tung Chung Bay between Tung Chung and Ngong Ping. The Cable Car now offers Crystal Cabins with see-through floors.

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Permits for Dangerous Roads

Lantau Island has many dangerous roads, particular in the southern areas. Those with vehicles need a temporary permit to travel these roads. These have a strict use time limit of eight am – seven pm, and are only available on the weekdays.

What to See

Ngong Ping Plateau

The Ngong Ping Plateau is a great stop with access to a lot of interesting sights. Visitors can find the Po Lin Monastery here and enjoy its famous vegetarian restaurant, the Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant. The best way to get there is to take the Ngong Ping 360 from Tung Chung.

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Once travelers get off the cable car, they can explore the tourist street in Ngong Ping Village. Here, visitors can enjoy some familiar favorites like Starbucks before heading out to explore.

Giant Buddha

This 34-meter tall statue is a sight to behold on the island. The Giant Buddha, also known as the Tian Tan Buddha, is one of the five large Buddha statues in China. Interestingly, this statue is the only one of the five that faces north, while all other others face south. The statue sits on a lotus, which sits on a three-platform altar, and is surrounded by six bronze statues offering gifts to the Buddha, called “The Offering of the Six Devas,” which symbolize the Six Perfections.

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Travelers can explore the three floors under the statues. These levels, called the Halls of the Universe, of Benevolent Merit, and of Remembrance, feature relics. One of these relics is the supposed cremated remains of Gautama Buddha, which can only bee seen by those who purchase an offering for the Buddha.

To see the Buddha up close, travelers need to climb 268 steps or drive up the winding road for the disabled. The journey is well worth it as travelers can get fantastic views of the island.

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Tai O

Tai O is a fishing town in the northwest part of Lantau Island. This place features stilt houses or homes on the water that tourists come from all over the world to see. Tai O is a historic town, existing for over three centuries, and one can see living history with the townsfolk’s use of traditional fishing boats, though fishing is dying out in the area. Travelers can move through the town’s narrow footpaths and alleyways and experience the interconnected community of the area.

Spending The Day In Lantau with Family sea

Visitors can try salted fish, a traditional Chinese dish, or shrimp paste. Adventurous travelers can try the local dried seafood, like fish skin or stomachs. They can also explore the Tai O Market and bring back a souvenir. Tai O is mostly a relaxing, tranquil place where travelers can rest after a long day or between other locations of interest.

For a fee, some residents can take groups out on boats for a sea trip. Travelers can see rare Chinese white dolphins and other aspects of sea life.

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Temples

Tai O is home to several temples dedicated to various gods and figures. While in Tai O, we saw two of these temples, the Kwan Tai Temple and the Hung Shing Temple.

The Kwan Tai Temple is a place of worship for the locals of the island. Built during the Ming Dynasty in 1488, this temple is in the center of the village of Tai O. The temple is elaborately decorated, dedicated to the god Kwan Tai, of War and Righteousness.

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Hung Shing Temple was built in 1746 by villagers. Many locals in Tai O worship sea gods, especially since Tai O is based on the water, and Hung Shing is dedicated to a sea god.

Shaolin Kung Fu Performances

Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the oldest styles of Chinese Martial Arts. It was first practiced in the Buddhist Shaolin Temple. When we visited, we saw an incredible Shaolin performance, and we have a video of it at the end of this article.

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Other Attractions

Lantau Trail

Travelers looking to enjoy the scenery can enjoy one of Lantau’s many national parks and trails. The most famous of these is Lantau Trail, featuring natural stone steps and dense woodland. 

Tung Chung Fort

History buffs will love visiting Tung Chung Fort. This fort, built in 1817, helped hold back the opium trade and defend against pirates. In WWII, the Japanese army occupied this fort, and in 1979 it was listed as a historical monument of Hong Kong. Visitors can see its six old cannons.

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Trappist Haven Monastery (Our Lady of Joy Abbey)

Roman Catholic monks live in the Trappist Haven Monastery, officially known as Our Lady of Joy Abbey, at Tai Shu Hang to this day. The Trappist congregation was established in the nineteenth century and is still going strong. This monastery is known for its Trappist Milk, though the factor is today location at Castle Peak, Yuen Long. Visitors can see free roaming feral cattle, the descendants of the animals released after the onsite dairy farm closed.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Hong Kong is in a sub-tropical climate, which is hot and frequently humid. We suggest that parents pack plenty of light clothes that can easily be layered as well as comfortable walking shoes and umbrellas.
  • Many of Lantau’s must-see locations are outdoors, so we suggest parents pack sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, and plenty of water.
  • Parents of kids with temperature sensitivities should visit during the cooler seasons.
  • Many of these attractions have tours. We suggest signing up for these and purchasing tickets ahead of time.
  • The Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant is cheap, and kids can often eat for free. The bathrooms are out the back of the restaurant.

Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong

 

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When visiting China, families might want to explore Hong Kong, since it is such a unique destination. When we visited the island, we opted to stay at the luxurious JW Marriott Hong Kong because of its quiet location and proximity to public transportation.

 

What Makes it Family Worthy?

The JW Marriott in Hong Kong is located in an upscale high-rise building at  One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway. This hotel has 602 rooms, including connecting rooms, and is situated just above the Admiralty subway station.

Teenagers traveling with their families would enjoy the freedom of hanging out in the posh mall on the lower levels, while their parents would be relieved that their children don’t even have to leave the premises to do so.
Furthermore, with its proximity to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center as well as the Hong Kong Park this hotel caters to both business travelers and families.

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Hotel Decor

The Marriott Hong Kong boasted mostly neutral and dark colored furnishings, with splashes of color strategically placed throughout the lobby. Many of the public areas featured elegant and elaborate Chinese themed decorations like silk paintings and jade carvings as well as area rugs and koi fish in bowls. And of course, the open hotel design gave guests every opportunity it could to show off the fantastic views of the surrounding area.

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Our Welcome

As we normally do, we did call the hotel ahead of time to ask for a feather free quiet room. Upon our arrival after a very long haul flight, the staff surprised us by not only having the room ready early in the morning but by sending a welcome gift of sticky buns to our room for us to enjoy.
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Our Room

We were assigned a top floor corner room with large 180-degree windows from which we could see the city skyline.
Our room had two comfortable double beds which felt more like American queen sized beds with some white sheets and two fluffy pillows each. Situated between the two beds was a nightstand with a wall lamp and phone. A  sitting area, work desk as well as a safe and mini fridge completed the furnishings.

What we loved about the hotel was in in-room technology that included gadgets which were some of the more elaborate ones we’ve seen in recent years. Not only did we see plenty of outlets to charge our electronics, but the room came with remote controlled window shades, and a doorbell with a do-not-disturb button, which came in handy for communicating with the staff. Our son was so fascinated with the bamboo scroll that displayed the TV channels that he asked the staff if he could take one home.

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Our Bathroom

Our luxurious bathroom, tiled in tan colored marble, had a separate shower with a glass enclosure and tub sectioned off from the toilet area, leading to overall greater privacy. Furthermore, it was well- stocked with an array of toiletries, such as nail files, Band-Aids, and bath salts along with the usual shampoos and soaps.

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Amenities

The Marriott had a helpful concierge service and a tour desk that could assist travelers in arranging various activities in Hong Kong.
The property featured was a spa, an outdoor pool, and a state-of-the-art gym for guests to use. The provided Wi-Fi was free, fast and quite reliable.

Executive Lounge

This hotel had one of the best executive level lounges we’ve ever seen in the course of our travels. The tri-level venue had an extensive selection of reading the material available for travelers, and the gorgeous city views provided the perfect complement to dining.
Not only was the service outstanding, but a plethora of well-prepared dishes were served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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For breakfast, we found food stations with stacked with salads, baked goods, cheese, and waffles. There were also cereals, yogurts, eggs, and smoked meats as well chicken porridge, fried noodles, and barbecue pork buns.
For Happy Hour, the various dishes and appetizers along with the drinks were so filling that we usually skipped going out for any additional meals.
We loved the fact that guests could choose from the two available seating areas, with the upper deck somewhat quieter than the lower level.

The Marriott Hong Kong lavish Sunday Brunch

We did get to enjoy the pricey hotel brunch while we stayed, and it was superb.
The brunch boasted a dedicated sushi station. Next to this station, we saw other seafood such as crab, lobster, tiger shrimp, and caviar.
There was a carving station with a ham under a heat lamp and sauces. Near this station was a salmon section with three types of salmon, lox, and trimmings.
We enjoyed the egg station with hardboiled eggs and Eggs Benedict. This station had a make your omelet section where guests could put caviar or ham in their eggs.
Travelers could make their salads with different toppings and dressings, or choose a pre-made salad such as potato or pasta.

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Also, the buffet offered round, beehive shaped containers that held pork dumplings and buns and Peking duck with toppings like cucumber and onions. Near this area was a Foie Gras table where travelers could watch the chefs prepare the delicacy.
Other food items at this buffet included baked scallops, vegetarian soup, Indian curry, baked cheese Boston lobster, and lamb chops.
Topping this elaborate food fest was the dessert table with plenty of danishes, chocolates, beautiful cakes, and baked flan.
For drinks, patrons could pick from watermelon, mango, grapefruit, orange, guava, and strawberry juices or opt for wines and champagne.

Dining

Tasty meals could be had at the many onsite eateries.
The Fish Bar served up fresh, delicious seafood at reasonable prices while the Flint Grill & Bar offered steak and seafood. Authentic Cantonese dishes were on the menu at the Man Ho Restaurant.

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The hotel had three bar areas which provided guests with a variety of drinks from which to choose. Coffee lovers might instead want to check out Dolce 88, which served delicious cups of many different coffees.

Service

By far, this hotel had the best service we have experienced.
Every time that we picked up the phone to ask anything of housekeeping, the staff would race to our door in five minutes or less. Furthermore, the staff worked diligently to ensure that our son with autism had his needs met and enjoyed his stay.
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Autism Travel Tips:

  • The bathrooms have tubs with a safety grip on the side, making it easy for disabled persons to enter and exit the bath without slipping.
  • There is a separate shower with a hand-held showerhead, making baths less complicated for those who require assistance.
  • The hotel had built-in nightlights to help navigate the room in the dark.
  • The staff showed great autism awareness and was instrumental in making our son with autism very comfortable during our stay.Quality Family Relaxation at JW Marriott Hong Kong stick

 

 

10 Family Friendly Hong Kong Activities

Hong Kong is a diverse city with many things to do for the entire family. When planning a trip, it can be difficult to narrow down your itinerary while still getting the most out of the visit. If you’re planning on visiting Hong Kong with children, here’s a list of family-friendly Hong Kong Activities.

1. Attend the Symphony of Lights

10 Child Friendly Hong Kong Activities

Every night at 8 pm, a short light and music show takes place in the harbor area. You can even see fireworks on special occasions such as Chinese New Year and Christmas. We found the space near Tsim Tsa Tsui waterfront to be an excellent place to watch the entire show for free. Travelers will also want to bring a jacket or sweater with them because the harbor can be quite chilly at night.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • I highly recommended bringing along ear plugs for noise sensitive individuals because the audio portion of the show can be quite loud.
  • Children that have difficulty standing for extended periods of time may benefit from having access to a folding chair or blanket where they can sit down if they need to do so.
  • There is usually a large crowd out to watch the show and people come early to grab the best spots.

10 Child Friendly Hong Kong Activities

2. Ride the Mid-level Escalators

Although escalators aren’t normally what one thinks of as a travel destination, a visit to this place is more than justified. The Guinness Book of World Records has titled this attraction ‘the longest outdoor covered escalator system’ in the world. The entire complex consists of 20 escalators and three moving sidewalks, making the whole structure much longer than any slide at an amusement park.

Traversing the area takes about twenty minutes, but it will go much faster if the kids in your party decide to run up the escalators like ours did. Prospective visitors should be aware that the escalators are open every day between 6 am and midnight, but they change from going uphill at 10 am to going downhill at 10:30 pm.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • We found the area to be the perfect place for our kids to use up some excess energy by running around.
  • The escalators are a good place to investigate the local stores or dine on reasonably priced cuisine.
  • The rush hour here can be extremely crowded and is best avoided altogether. After all, the crush of people can be overwhelming to ordinary people, more so for those with autism.

3. Shop at the Temple Street Night Market 

10 Child Friendly Hong Kong Activities

This pedestrian only street is home to over 100 different merchants, all of whom open their shops around 2 pm. Shoppers can visit a wide array of establishments including snack vendors, old school fortunetellers, and Chinese medical clinics that use time-honored practices to treat their patients. Sporadic opera performances often take place through the market, providing visitors with entertainment while they wander around. Here you can find products such as watches and cell phones as well as accessories and faux designer clothes.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Temple Market is a good place for kids with autism to practice their negotiation skills as there is lots of bargaining at this spot.
  • If the child in question doesn’t mind crowds, he or she might enjoy the impressive opera performances that take place here on a regular basis.
  • Individuals who become claustrophobic in crowded environments would probably prefer to visit the traditional Chinese apothecary stalls, which are sure to delight their senses.
  • Travelers should arrive as early as possible to avoid the hordes of tourists and locals that descend upon the market around 5 pm.

4. Visit Lantau Island

Lantau Island is a popular day trip from Hong Kong. Travelers often come here to see the Tian Tan Buddha, a statue standing at the height of 34 meters that took over a decade to complete. Although the artwork itself is impressive, the mountainous scenery of the Ngong Ping plateau serves as a lovely backdrop that adds to the Buddha’s overall appeal. Hiking up the long staircase is one way to get to the statue’s base, but there are taxis and buses provided for travelers that are less athletically inclined. Another good stop in the area is the Po Lin Monastery, where lavishly decorated temples and several immaculately groomed gardens fill the grounds.

10 Child Friendly Hong Kong Activities

Easily reached by bus from Ngong Ping, the picturesque fishing village of Tai O is another island attraction worth visiting. Houses that sit high above the ground on stilts provide travelers with excellent photographic opportunities and the live seafood market in town is known for its tasty culinary offerings. Many residents also sell boat rides to travelers who want to see the local colony of Chinese white dolphins.

10 Child Friendly Hong Kong Activities

Autism Travel Tips:

  • The Ngong Ping 360 cable cars that depart from the Tung Chung Station are the quickest and most convenient way to get to Lantau Island. The carriages have glass walls that provide travelers with spectacular views of the surrounding areas.
  • It will take roughly half an hour to get from the station to Ngong Ping.
  • Ticket prices are currently at HK $135 ($17.42 USD) for a round trip ticket or HK $200 ($25.81 USD) for the unlimited Sky-Land-Sea Pass that covers a full day’s transport on the cable cars as well as the local buses and ferries.

5. Stop by the Hong Kong Zoological Park and Botanic Gardens

Dating back to 1871, this spot is home to over 1,700 species of flora and fauna. Most of the garden’s plants are native to the subtropical and tropical parts of the world, but there are some rare specimens in the Botanic Gardens, such as the dawn redwood trees. Although the park doesn’t have any large or exotic animals, kids will still find enough healthy and happy wildlife onsite to hold their interest. Plenty of monkeys, turtles, snakes, and birds make their home here. Since the site is free and open to the public, there’s no reason not to stop by and check it out. Hours are 6 am to 10 pm.

10 Child Friendly Hong Kong Activities

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Although Hong Kong is an exceptionally clean city, be sure to carry a package of hand wipes and a water bottle with you at all times

6. See the Tsing Ma Bridge

10 Child Friendly Hong Kong Activities

Possibly one of the century’s most important construction projects, the Tsing Ma suspension bridge is certainly the world’s longest. It was opened in 1997 to provide a vital link between the International Airport on Lantau Island and the city of Hong Kong. The structure has a total of ten different traffic lanes. Two of these are reserved for trains, and the other six are for cars. Part of the bridge is open to the sky, but there is a section that is enclosed. During periods of intense weather, the Tsing Ma Bridge may close down temporarily. However, it is possible for airport passengers to get from one side of the city to the other using the train. Some road traffic may also be permitted to cross at such times.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Travelers that want to observe the bridge from a distance should stop by the nearby Visitors’ Center on Tsing Yi Street or the Lantau Link View Point for the best panoramas.

7. Have a meal in a floating restaurant

Floating restaurants can be found all over the world. These establishments are usually built on seagoing vessels that are no longer functional or repurposed barges. Businesses of this style became especially popular in Hong Kong in the decades after the Second World War. Around that time, a wide variety of merchants flourished in the marine area known as the Typhoon Shelter. This space later had to be abandoned due to pollution problems. It has since been reclaimed, and old residents are returning, bringing their traditions along with them. One noteworthy old-school establishment in the area is Shaun Kee Typhoon Shelter.

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At this floating restaurant, customers sit on the deck of a small boat in the harbor. Food is brought from the adjacent galley ship. Fresh seafood and classic Cantonese cuisine make up most of the menu here, with the spicy crab being the house specialty. Most diners have reported that their meal was quite tasty, but the eatery’s unique ambiance was the main attraction. Yelp reviewer Bernard Y. reports that it is a good idea to place your dinner order before arriving because of availability. Travelers who love a good vintage will need to bring their own wine because it isn’t on the menu. Even so, the cost for dining here generally runs around $50 a person. However, the prices can be significantly higher depending on how many people are in your party and what you order.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Those coming here should be aware that the only bathroom facilities on board are squat toilets. Therefore, it might be a good idea to use the bathroom before leaving the hotel.

8. Go on a harbor cruise

10 Child Friendly Hong Kong Activities

City visitors have numerous options for cruising around Victoria Harbor. Those who are interested in history can even travel across the waters in an authentic Chinese junk, the Duk Ling. These unforgettable 45 minute tours cost around HK $320 ($41.27 USD) for adults and $220 ($28.38 USD) for kids. Travelers who appreciate the historical aspect of the Duk Ling but have budgetary concerns might instead opt for a voyage on the replica junk, the Aqua Luna. This vessel operates a daily shuttle service that runs between 5 different destinations from noon to 5 pm. Passengers are welcome to get on and off the boat at their leisure. This service costs HK $130 for adults ($17.77 USD) and HK $90 ($11.61 USD) for kids that are between the ages of 7 and 11. However, the most affordable cruising option is the historic Star Ferry, which has received a Certificate of Excellence from the folks at Trip Advisor.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Call ahead and verify that the vessel you’re boarding has lifejackets if your child can’t swim, otherwise bring your own.

9. Check out the Hong Kong History Museum

With low admission prices and interesting exhibits, there’s no reason not to stop by this museum. This museum shows how Hong Kong was built literally from the ground up. Children will be fascinated by the many interactive displays at the site. The building is also air conditioned, which is an especially nice feature during the hot and humid summer months. The museum hours generally run from 10 am to 6 pm, but they do stay open an extra hour on Sundays.

10 Child Friendly Hong Kong Activities

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Travelers that are planning to come here should be aware this establishment is closed on Tuesdays and offers free admission on Wednesdays.
  • The nearest stop for those arriving by public transportation is the Jordan MTR station.

10. Get in on the action at Ocean Park

Though it is a more expensive attraction, Ocean Park is an incredibly child-friendly destination. There are plenty of animals to see here such as sharks, pandas, polar bears, and koalas. The grounds even include a water park and numerous amusement park style rides that are sure to keep kids entertained. Ocean Park is usually open from 10 am to 10 pm. Entry tickets currently cost HK $345 ($44.50 USD) for adults and $173 (22.31 USD) for children 3 to 12.

10 Child Friendly Hong Kong Activities

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Visitors will need to bring along sturdy walking shoes and a change of clothes in case they get drenched on the water rides. ]
  • Visitors may want to carry a cooler full of their favorite beverages and snacks so that they don’t have to deal with the high prices found at the concessions stands.
  • It is best to come early to avoid the crowds that appear later in the day.

 

Family Dining at Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant

 

Family Dining at Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant Hong Kong

 

At the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant in Hong Kong, guests can enjoy fine dining in a beautiful environment. As you dine on fresh, delicious seafood, you can see the lavish sights inside the building as well as the city from across the harbor.

In what is known as the Typhoon Shelter of Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Harbor, you will find one of the world’s largest floating restaurant complexes in the form of the amazing Jumbo Kingdom. Established over four decades ago, it has been in operation ever since, except for a hiatus for a few years after a severe fire.

Recently it underwent a multimillion dollar upgrade and transformation. It is remarkably pretty to look at and an interesting place to eat, offering sightseeing, shopping, and a unique dining experience off of dry land.

Location

Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant

Even though it is called “floating,” the entire Jumbo Kingdom is not entirely bobbing out on the bay, as it has a stable concrete foundation in most parts. Nevertheless, the only way to get to it is by a swift boat or ferry ride from the promenade. One approaches the jetty on old-fashioned ramp-steps which segue to wooden planks on a deck.

There, while you wait for the complimentary vessel that takes you to the Jumbo Kingdom, you can admire the size and design of the colossal creation from afar. It is breathtaking at night with the façade resembling a great circus tent and magnificent imperial palace or fairytale castle.

Decoration and Dining

Family Dining at Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant

 

The Dragon Court restaurant is known for its fine dining and is so large it can cater to well over 1500 guests. It is divided into various large rooms and banquet halls, all decorated with garish colors, oriental statuettes and of course, enormous golden dragons. Adorning the walls are portraits and photos of the many celebrities and royalty who have eaten here over the decades.

Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant

There are beautiful aquariums full of lovely-looking inhabitants for display, not eating. Since this restaurant specializes in seafood, there are other aquariums and tanks with live fish also on display outside of the dining area.

Diners can take a tour of the tanks, surrounded by moving conveyor belts. In this way, a guest can see that the facilities and sea creatures are clean, that the guests can see what they will be eating and that guests have respect for what they will be eating, as this is culturally significant. There are marine mollusks and crustaceans, a myriad of shellfish and a vast assortment of live seafood as well as crates in water and conveyor belts transporting buckets containing freshly dressed oysters, crabs, lobsters, shrimp, squid and more!

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After the tour, there are steps up to the Dragon Court on the first deck, and there are quite beautiful mosaics on the wall, the décor depicting the Ming Dynasty as well as more contemporary artwork too. For a small price, there is the possibility of dressing up as the King and Queen in Imperial robes. It’s perfect for photos!

As mentioned before, the Jumbo Kingdom is vast, and the whole complex can hold 4500 people. In some spots, you can look out of the window and see the pier and the  Hong Kong skyline.

They prepared the Cantonese cuisine near our table, and we were able to watch the chefs prepare the meal while we waited. We had the first course of sautéed shrimp with green pepper followed by the cooking of “Drunk Shrimp” over an open flame; done as a flambé, which is still on fire when set on your plate. The menu is diverse, and the experience is a novelty.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • There are many stairs and uneven ramps in the Jumbo Kingdom complex. Getting to the restaurant and up to the top deck, as well as the tour of the tanks involves climbing. It is not easily accessible for those needing the use of wheelchairs.
  • The tour of the tanks with all the sea creatures can be an unpleasant and overwhelming sensation for those who are sensitive to smell.
  • It can be crowded, and the noise level can be high, so make sure to reserve a place before peak time.

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  • We preferred to take an organized tour for safety reasons and to see the city at night.
  • In general, bathroom hygiene is of a lesser grade than in the US, and you can expect in some places traditional bathrooms which you cannot sit on.
  • There are very few accommodations for special diets. There is a language barrier, and in a best case scenario you’ll get a menu with a picture of the food, but there’s no way to verify ingredients.

 

 

 

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