Our Free and Easy Hong Kong trip was booked via a travel agency and came with a compulsory half day city tour. Sad to say that the city tour was anything but good. As most tour guides and companies/ shops have an affiliate and merchant agreement, the affiliate (tour guide) will get a cut whenever tourists buy from the merchant during the tour.
We were annoyed that our guide was going all out to make us buy something at the shops. His expression changed when we declined to buy. This bad lasting impression prompted a mental note: avoid joining tour groups for any future trips.
The boat people in Aberdeen
During the ‘bad taste’ city tour, we were brought to Repulse Bay, JC Diamond Factory and Chinese Tonics wholesalers. The included lunch was the worse we had in Hong Kong.
None of the places were interesting enough to be mention except for the visit to the boat people at Aberdeen Harbor Hong Kong. I found Aberdeen interesting because, for an ultra-modern city like Hong Kong, the old and rustic junk boats and sampans are a stark contrast to the modern buildings nearby. It seems like a big fusion between the old and new era.
We were ushered into a water taxi which brought us around Aberdeen. The ride lasted about half an hour where we saw junk boats doubling up as homes. We were told that most of the boat people had already moved to the modern residential buildings.
Another big contrast to the junk boats and sampans were those gleaming and luxurious yachts berthed nearby. Understand that these yachts belong to the rich and famous members of Aberdeen Boat Club.
Lastly, we saw the famous floating Jumbo restaurant but did not get the chance to visit. I made a mental note to visit the restaurant someday but till date, I have yet to do so.