Jumbo Kingdom

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Coordinates: 22°14′35.5″N 114°9′43.2″E / 22.243194°N 114.162000°E / 22.243194; 114.162000

Jumbo Kingdom
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Jumbo Kingdom
Restaurant information
Slogan A Must-Go Attraction
Established October 1976
Current owner(s) Stanley Ho
Food type Cantonese, dim sum, Western
Street address Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
City Hong Kong
Country China
Website Official site

Jumbo Kingdom (Chinese: 珍寶王國; literally: "Treasure 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, David Bowie, Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chow Yun Fat, Stephen Chow and Gong Li.[1] There was also a Jumbo Kingdom Manila in Manila Bay, Philippines, but it was closed after 8 years of operation. Jumbo Kingdom is part of Melco International Development Limited, a company listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

History[edit]

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 30 October 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 it 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[edit]

  • 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

Popular culture[edit]

The Jumbo Floating Restaurant appears in Jackie Chan's The Protector (1985),[2] The God of Cookery (1996),[7] Godzilla vs Destroyah[8] 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]"Bons baisers de Hong Kong (From Hong Kong with Love)(1975)", James Bond The Man With The Golden Gun(1974), Contagion (2011)

It's in The Amazing Race Season 17, Leg 10. It has also featured on the 1st season of Australian Version of the The Amazing Race

Other Foods[edit]

A traditional Hong Kong-style food area is allocated at 4/F of Jumbo Kingdom, named SO-Kee Coffee Shop (蘇記茶檔). Fast foods such as sandwiches, hotdogs, noodles, soft drinks, coffee & tea are provided, at lower prices.

Access[edit]

The Jumbo Kingdom can be accessed free of charge, by shuttle boat from Aberdeen Promenade or from Sham Wan pier.[9]

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