Saturday, 12 September 2015

Travel Log: Aberdeen And The Floating Restaurant

My travel log for today, or rather one of my travel logs for today, is a very chilled one that I've been looking forward to. It's not often I get to just write about my observations about a such a cultured place without mentioning activities or food so here we go! Today I went to Aberdeen, not for any particular reason, I just had a wander. Luckily enough it's been quite a bit cooler so it was a nice comfortable walk along the promenade.

Along the promenade you can find a mixture of fishing statues just like the ones next to me in the image to the left. They are representative of the towns fishing heritage which is still very much at the heart of the towns culture. To be honest, I don't think I match up too well with these charming guys but they are an interesting way of, in a way, setting the scene and keeping up with the general theme of the town.

Much like anywhere else in Hong Kong, Aberdeen has many shopping Malls. Aberdeen Centre One has a beautiful entrance, it's all done in a very traditional looking style. Oriental is the general feel of it, it almost hid the fact that the sides are lined with modern shops with brands such as Adidas so it really just gets the balance between old and new just right. Many towns get this sort of thing wrong and go to far one way so it's either ultra modern or backtracking a few decades.

As a sort of side note about the image to the right - the guy in the blue vest saw I was taking photos and just casually lifted up his arm and casually posed. A lot of people do that here! Weird, though, it's not abnormal in Hong Kong. It's like people are just more conscious of what's going and they take a lot of photographs. It's selfie central here in Hong Kong!

So after trawling the shops and getting lost a few times, I went over to the Floating Restaurant (JUMBO). It's a place that the Queen of England visited once with Prince Philip so it was quite an interesting place to visit. Anyway, I had to get a little ferry over to it, no complaints though because it was free to get there. It's a pretty large structure, it just takes up a lot of space. In actual fact there are two of them so you can probably imagine the sheer scale of the place. I mean, I'm sure it's not the largest of places but I'm thinking about the fact that it's just right in the middle of the water.

It's yet another place that has been decorated beautifully, it all looks freshly painted and like something I'd generally expect to see in a photo shoot or a history book. Obviously a lot of care and attention to detail was required to decorate this place, even the plants and the plant pots compliment the look.

Thanks for reading yet another travel log, I'm having so much fun here and it's great to be able to share it with you all in this personal way. It means a lot to me that some of you have even been keeping up with my travels and my experiences in Hong Kong. 

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