A small trend of floating restaurants has built up in Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Harbor over the years, but none is so large or iconic as the bustling Chinese wonderland, Jumbo Kingdom.
One of the largest floating restaurants in the world (of which there are surprisingly enough to make such a distinction), the Jumbo Floating Restaurant was built in 1976 after years of planning and millions of dollars worth of development. The incredible barge holds over four floors worth of eateries and attractions ranging from fine dining to tea and wine gardens. Able to seat over 2,300 visitors at a time, the floating gargantua is almost like a small city unto itself with grand staircases and skinny walkways criss-crossing between the various establishments.
While the site is known for its excellent seafood, the exterior of the giant boat is likely the most memorable feature. Designed by Jumbo Kingdom’s builder, Dr. Stanley Ho, who is also known as "The King of Gambling," the outside of the location is an ornately modern recreation of an ancient Chinese imperial palace. Decked out in countless neon lights and brightly colored flourishes, the remarkable ship looks like something out of a science-fiction film, incorporating traditional Chinese architecture and 21st century spectacle.
Jumbo Kingdom is moored in the harbor but could in theory float anywhere in the world. However, the unique mix of Chinese iconography and idiosyncratic features are only really at home in Hong Kong.