Jumbo Kingdom is a very well known restaurant and also a tourist attraction in its own right. Unlike most other restaurants, Jumbo Kingdom is actually built atop a large barge floating in the Aberdeen South Typhoon Shelter. This means that to get to the restaurant, you need to hop onto a small ferry which takes you out to the restaurant. Another notable aspect of this place is that it designed in the style of ancient Chinese architecture - particularly that of the emperor's palace.
On the day we headed there, they were actually preparing for Dr Stanley Ho's birthday celebrations. For those who don't know, this guy is one of the mega-rich guys around this region, who made his fortune running what was for many years the only casino in Macau, and has a somewhat "merry" family situation (with 3+ wives and the assorted squabbles that this ensues). He's also the owner of this restaurant. So, that day, they'd already rolled out the red carpet (see photos below), with a big welcoming wall on the third floor lobby area (I didn't get a shot of this, as it wasn't until after I'd left that I realised who the hell the guy the thing referred to actually was XD).
This is where you go to head down to board one of the little ferries. As can be seen, the red carpet has been rolled out already.
Note how all this is decorated in the ancient Chinese architectural tradition. We used to have a similar restaurant in Christchurch when I was a kid (until about 1996-7, when it went bust) which we went to for dim sum (and was where I first encountered Char Leong).
The Restaurant and Ferries
The ferry trip across to the restaurant is a short and gentle one. Like the restaurant and the piers, the ferries are also decorated in a similar way...
Another view of the ferry now that it has been moored...
Pulling away (after first reversing) from the pier...
View of the arrival pier from Jumbo
There are also smaller ships (run by "Big Bus Tours"), which apparently take tourists out and serve them other traditional types of cuisine only found in sea-faring communities.
Siding up alongside the restaurant's main entrance...
The entrance to Jumbo is decorated in heaps of red, gold, and dragons - all auspicious Chinese symbols/traditions.
Disembarking from the ferry... On the other end, the red carpet had already been laid for Dr Stanley Ho (presumably, the other end is his "private entrance").
On this end, the dragon heads spouting water do so aimed at a golden ball...
Inside the Restaurant
The ancient Chinese theming continued on inside the restaurant, though it also had some modern touches. There are 3 levels: 1) a ballroom, 2) fine dining, 3) yum-char and general Chinese dining
The first flight of stairs after entering the building
Wall detail on second floor
In the 3rd-floor lobby, there's a giant mural on the wall made out of ceramic mosaic tiles which have been assembled to form a grand mural spanning the entire wall.
Panelling and staircase details - more dragons and gold stuff...
The third-floor dining hall..
Another view of the decor
Out the back, they have an area (in a separate by connected barge) that they call the "Seafood Exhibition". This is basically an area where they've got a bunch of tanks where they keep all kinds of seafood which they then cook and serve to customers.
Inside the Seafood Exhibition. This was laid out in clusters/pods, with each pod containing multiple tanks, and a central tank in the middle showcasing one or two large fish.
These fish in particular were especially impressive. They were massive and quite aggressive!
Assorted Architecture and Sights
Golden Dragon statue
Overlooking the typhoon shelter were various modern and tall apartment blocks with interesting designs.
This cluster of houses/apartments have an interesting design.
Following lunch, we went to Ocean Park, since it was located nearby. After leaving the tunnel connecting Aberdeen with Central, you'll pass by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (which originally owned/started the park). Ocean Park is located on one of the side roads off the roundabout nearby, while Jumbo can be reached from the other branch. There's too much to mention here about the sights and attractions there to mention, so I've split that into a separate post.