The iconic Jumbo floating restaurant will close its doors on March 3 “until further notice” as COVID-19 continues to slam Hong Kong which has been reeling since social unrest last year.
The Jumbo Floating Restaurant was first opened in 1976 by Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, and is located in Aberdeen Harbor on the south side of Hong Kong Island.
Built in the style of a Ming dynasty palace, the red, gold and green building floats in the middle of the harbor, adorned in dragons and pagodas. Guests are ferried by wooden sampan boats over to the restaurant that is lit up at night, making it one of the city’s iconic tourist attractions.
Jumbo has served millions, including royalty and film stars from Queen Elizabeth, to Gwyneth Paltrow and Tom Cruise. It has even featured in films like James Bond’s The Man With the Golden Gun in 1974, Contagion in 2011, and Jackie Chan’s The Protector in 1985.