If you’ve been in Hong Kong anytime in the last 40 years, you’ve no doubt noticed Jumbo Floating Restaurant, part of a tourist attraction in the city’s Aberdeen Harbor. The restaurant on a boat had an area of 45,000 square feet and could accommodate 2,300 diners at once. One has to wonder how they fed that many people. In 2020, the restaurant closed due to the pandemic. In 2022, the cost to maintain the boat in the harbor was determined to be too high, and it was towed away last week. The plans were to dock the restaurant at a less expensive location to continue maintenance. Those plans are kaput, as the restaurant capsized on its journey.
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The tow boat and restaurant encountered “adverse conditions” on Saturday and took on water. On Sunday the 260-foot-long restaurant completely capsized and sunk into the South China Sea where the depth is around 1000 meters. That makes it highly unlikely that there will be any salvage operation. There were no injuries.
(Image credit: Michal Osmenda)