The 'Floating World'
Sampaans and junks in Aberdeen Harbour

The 'Floating World' is a term long used for the carpet of junks and sampaans in Aberdeen Harbour. The inhabitants of these sailing craft are mainly Hakkas who make their living fishing or trading between Hong Kong and Guangzhou (Canton) on the Pearl River.

Aberdeen is also known as Hong Kong village. The small harbour is sheltered and much more suitable for sampaans and river junks than the main Hong Kong harbour on the other side of Victoria Island.

Aberdeen Harbour is also famous for its floating restaurants.