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Iconic Hong Kong floating restaurant hits rock bottom

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Iconic Hong Kong floating restaurant hits rock bottom

Jumbo Floating Restaurant, a landmark of Aberdeen harbour for 40 years, sank at sea after struggling financially

Hayley Wong and K. Oanh Ha

Jumbo Floating Restaurant, a faded landmark of Hong Kong, has sunk in the South China Sea after being towed away from the city to an unknown destination.

The imperial palace-shaped vessel capsized on Sunday after taking on water in adverse conditions near the Paracel Islands, according to its owner Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises. Salvage would be “extremely difficult” given the water depth of 1,000m, it said, adding no crew members were injured.

For more than four decades the Chinese restaurant was a familiar sight in Aberdeen harbour, on the south side of Hong Kong island. Opened by Macau casino mogul Stanley Ho in 1976, it drew visitors including Queen Elizabeth II and Tom Cruise. It also featured in films including Contagion. But its attraction waned in recent years, and the pandemic forced it to suspend operations...

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