Let’s Enjoy A Hong Kong Trip with Sleeping Dogs - Aberdeen & Kennedy Town.

Let’s Enjoy A Hong Kong Trip with Sleeping Dogs (Part 2) – Aberdeen & Kennedy Town

Part two of my video game tourist feature on enjoying a Hong Kong tour with the 2012 open-world adventure game, Sleeping Dogs. In this post, we visit two areas in Hong Kong Island that are a little alike. Aberdeen, also known as Hong Kong Jai or son of Hong Kong in Cantonese. And Kennedy Town. A peaceful residential district in the west of Hong Kong Island quite often overlooked by tourists.


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North Point

Aberdeen & Kennedy Town

Central & Victoria Peak

Our Guide for Today’s Hong Kong Tour, Trainer Wei Shen …

Wei Shen using the toilet.
“What the … OUTSIDE. Wait OUTSIDE!”

Sleeping Dogs Hong Kong Trip Itinerary 2: Aberdeen & Kennedy Town

Sleeping Dogs Wei Shen on Motorbike.
“Hmpf. Let’s get going. We have a lot of ground to cover today.”

Aberdeen (香港仔)

I’ve been to Hong Kong a couple of times, but I didn’t spend much time in Aberdeen. Mostly, I was just passing through to get to other areas. What I remember about this southern tip of Hong Kong Island are thus only the famous landmarks. The towering apartments sandwiched by Victoria Peak and the sea. That floating Jumbo restaurant. The seafront with many different vessels. Etc. In summary, the whole of Aberdeen felt affluent and relaxed to me, almost like a vacation village. It’s also obvious that the district has embraced the best of its historical and geographical advantages for tourism profit. Given the opportunity, I wouldn’t mind spending a month or two vacationing here.

References

Waterfront apartments in Abderdeen.
Waterfront apartments in Aberdeen. | Source: Wpcpey
Aberdeen Harbour.
Vessels between Aberdeen & Ap Lei Chau. | Source: Ceeseven
Hong Kong's famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant.
The famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant. A must-visit for any Hong Kong tour?

Kennedy Town (堅尼地城)

Kennedy Town isn’t on the itinerary of most tourists to Hong Kong. (Unless you count passing by it while on a ferry to Cheung Chau) Personally, I didn’t even know about the district before playing Sleeping Dogs. One of the most “remote” residential districts on Hong Kong Island, unconnected by subway till 2014, Kennedy Town used to contain various unpopular public infrastructure. Buildings such as incineration plants, mortuaries and abattoirs. With developable land running out on Hong Kong Island in the 90s, reclamation works began in the north of the district. The incineration plants and abattoirs have since been closed. Various luxury residential apartments have also been constructed.

References

Kennedy Town from sea.
Kennedy Town from sea. | Source: Exploringlife
Kennedy Town, Davis Street.
Davis Street nightlife. The area has seen an increase in popularity with the extension of the MTR subway system to Kennedy Town. | Source: Wpcpey
Public recreational facilities in Kennedy Town.
Public recreational facilities. | Source: Wpcpey

Sleeping Dogs: Aberdeen

Wei Shen punching.
“Our first program of the day, morning exercise. Do whatever I’m doing. Try to keep up.”
Wei Shen Jogging
“We end with 20 minutes jogging. Keep up!”
Wei Shen buying curry fish balls.
“All warmed up for the day? Good. Let’s grab breakfast before we leave.”
A Hong Kong Tour with Sleeping Dogs
“Our second location for the day is in between Aberdeen and Kennedy Town.”
Let’s Enjoy A Hong Kong Trip with Sleeping Dogs - Aberdeen
“Nowhere near a private beach. But the view here is uniquely Hong Kong.”
Let’s Enjoy A Hong Kong Trip with Sleeping Dogs - Aberdeen
“All right. Do whatever you want. We’re here till lunch time. I’d be … attending to some matters over here.”

Sleeping Dogs – Kennedy Town

Let’s Enjoy A Hong Kong Trip with Sleeping Dogs - Aberdeen
“Feeling good from all that sun? Let’s continue to Kennedy Town.”
Rain in Kennedy Town.
“Damn afternoon showers … … About our next destination. Officially, you’re supposed to be shopping. REMEMBER that. Remember also not to talk to anyone, and that you only bet on ME.”
Sleeping Dogs Combat
“You signed up for this tour because of this, didn’t you?”
Sleeping Dogs Combat
“Psst. Punks.”
Sleeping Dogs Combat
“Urgg!”
Wei Shen Martial Arts Club Loss.
“What you look at? You distracted me.”
Rainy Night Butcher scene.
“S … sorry for what I said. Let’s get back to Aberdeen. By taxi. By the way, have you been told the story of the Rainy Night Butcher?”
Sleeping Dogs Herbal Tea Shop
“Last itinerary for the day. Herbal tea. What’s a Hong Kong tour without trying herbal tea? BUY a cup. You owe it to me for earlier.”

More References

Aberdeen Promenade.
Aberdeen Promenade. Sleeping Dogs did a great job reproducing this. | Source: Wpcpey
Derelict pier building in Aberdeen, Hong Kong.
A rather derelict pier building in Aberdeen.
Kennedy Town from air.
Beautiful aerial view of Kennedy Town. | Source: Minghong

 


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