In Chinese, Jumbo Kingdom literally means Treasure Kingdom. Of all the floating restaurants at Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Harbour which have come up over the years, Jumbo Kingdom is the king of this waterside wonderland. It was built in 1976 by Dr Stanley Ho, the gambling king of Hong Kong, with years of planning and millions of dollars. It is a sight to behold—Chinese imperial palace meets modern glitz with neon lights and splashes of colour. The list of celebrity visitors who have dropped in at one of the world’s largest floating restaurants holds a roll call of celebrated names: Queen Elizabeth II, Hollywood’s John Wayne, Tom Cruise and Gwyneth Paltrow, musician David Bowie, Chinese actors Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li, and Chinese screenwriter and director Stephen Chow. It’s no wonder that the Jumbo Floating Restaurant has featured in many iconic films such as Jackie Chan’s The Protector, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing and Enter the Dragon.
The Jumbo Floating Restaurant has four floors where the taste buds can make whoopee—eateries, fine dining as well as tea and wine gardens, explored through grand staircases and walkways connecting different establishments. This small food city can seat over 2,300 visitors at a time.