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Hong Kong's Floating Restaurant Sinks

The historic restaurant sinks days after being towed out to sea.

POSTEDBYSAMANTHA VEGA-TORRES

Tuesday, a floating restaurant in Hong Kong’s Jumbo Kingdom sunk days after it was taken out to sea.

The three-story restaurant, known as Jumbo Floating Restaurant, spent 44 years stationed in the southwest of Hong Kong before being towed to an undisclosed shipyard a week before. The restaurant specialized in Cantonese cuisine. 

In a statement on Monday, the Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises Limited said in a statement that the boat had capsized while on its way to the Paracel/Xisha Islands in the South China Sea. The boat had sunk 1,000 meters, which made salvaging difficult according to the statement.

Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises was working to gather more details from the towing company. No crew members were injured. The restaurant was known to only be accessible via associated ferries and could hold 2,000 people. It was styled after the Imperial Era in China which ended in 1912.

Jumbo Floating Restaurant hosted many famous diners such as Queen Elizabeth II, and actors John Wayne and Tom Cruise. The site itself had appeared in films such as The Man With The Golden Gun and The Protector starring Jackie Chan.

March 2020, it was announced that the restaurant would be closed until further notice due to losing $13 million. Despite the efforts to save the restaurant, the inflated cost forced owners to move it to the shipyard. Hong Kong continues to enforce restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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