Wish You Were Here: A Boat in Aberdeen Harbour
Just a moment. We don't mean we're on a boat in Aberdeen, Scotland. Nopethis boat and the quiet harbour and the 84-degree nighttime temperature are found in the Aberdeen Harbour of Hong Kong Island.
If you're familiar with Hong Kong at all, you'll know Aberdeen as the home of the floating "Jumbo" restaurant. If you're not familiar with Hong Kong, well...add it to the top of your to-do list.
So how did we end up on a boat in Aberdeen Harbour? Well, as the cost of living in the downtown parts of Hong Kong continues to shoot skyward, more enterprising folk are turning to the many harbours for residences, buying or renting vessels as homes. We've ditched hotel rooms to instead spend several nights on one such boat, and it's a pretty big boatnot the one pictured above.
The little boat above is a sampan, a traditional Chinese wooden boat that here acts like a taxi of the harbour, picking up passengers for $7 HKD ($0.90 USD) to go from pier-to-boat, boat-to-boat or even boat-to-Jumbo. They sputter between the rows of gleaming yachts and little sunseekers all day and night, deftly maneuvering through pleasure craft and serious groups practicing in dragonboats.
Eventually we'll reveal the secret of how to get onboard this very boat yourself. For now, however, it's our little slice of awesome.
Sunset in the "neighborhood." Also not our boat.