Hong Kong’s renowned Jumbo Floating Restaurant may not have sunk after all, reports financial news agency Bloomberg.
A representative of the floating restaurant’s owner, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises, said Friday that the restaurant capsized but did not sink. However, a few days earlier, the company had announced that bad weather conditions had resulted in the restaurant capsized and that salvage would be “extremely difficult” due to the depth of the sea where the incident happened (1,000 meters).
The representative declined to comment further on the situation, including what is about to happen.
Both the floating restaurant and the tug were still in the South China Sea, off the coast of the Paracel Islands, the Hong Kong Navy Department said late Thursday evening (local time).
The unveiling is a new twist on the story of the renowned restaurant, a well-known place in South Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Harbor. After 46 years, the restaurant was towed from Hong Kong last week, on June 14. Partly as a result of the corona measures, it had already gone under financially. The owner only said that the floating restaurant would be towed to a new destination.
On the journey to that new destination, it capsized about 700 kilometers south of Hong Kong on Sunday.
The 76-meter floating mastodon, which could accommodate 2,300 guests, was conceived as a Chinese imperial palace and considered a must-see tourist attraction. The restaurant received famous visitors such as Queen Elizabeth II and actor Tom Cruise. The restaurant has appeared in several films, including ‘Contagion’ (2011), director Steven Soderbergh’s film about a virus that kills 26 million people worldwide. In 1976 it served as a film set for the James Bond film ‘The man with the golden fun’. Also ‘The Protector’ (1985) by actor and filmmaker Jackie Chan was filmed there.
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