Part two of my mini feature on enjoying a virtual Hong Kong trip with the 2012 open-world triad 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 that’s quite often overlooked by tourists.
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Aberdeen and Kennedy Town
Our Guide for Today’s Hong Kong Trip, Trainer Wei Shen …
Sleeping Dogs Hong Kong Trip Itinerary 2: Aberdeen & Kennedy Town
Although I’ve been to Hong Kong a couple of times, I’ve never spent any real time in Aberdeen. Mostly, I was just passing through while on my way 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 …
In general, 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.
Aberdeen Picture References
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) In my case, 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, abattoirs, and so on.
With developable land running out on Hong Kong Island in the 90s, though, reclamation works began in the north of the district. The incineration plants and abattoirs have since been closed. In recent years, several luxury residential estates have also been constructed.
Kennedy Town Picture References
Sleeping Dogs: Aberdeen
Sleeping Dogs – Kennedy Town
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