aberdeen

Hong Kong is known to be a world-class cosmopolitan city with fine dining, luxury 5-star hotels, and shopping galore. But there are a few spots where tradition is holding tight amongst the skyscrapers, and Aberdeen Harbour is one such place. Here you can take a cruise on a traditional junk and catch a glimpse of the Tanka, or “boat dwellers”, a fishing community whose inhabitants rarely touch land. Mythical legend has it they are descendants of water snakes, because they could last so long in the water. Since we have just entered the Chinese lunar new year, the “Year of the Snake”, it made me think of this ancient water-dwelling community thriving in Aberdeen Harbour. While it is very touristy, it is worth seeing sooner rather than later – the tourist junks are rapidly outnumbering the traditional fishing boats.