Cartoon came true: Iconic giant restaurant sank

One of Hong Kong’s landmarks, ‘Jumbo Floating Restaurant’ (Giant Floating Restaurant) sank in the South China Sea. The restaurant, which looks like a Chinese imperial palace, closed its doors at the start of the pandemic in 2020 and did not reopen due to expensive maintenance costs. It was decided to move the restaurant to a place where it could be maintained at less cost. The restaurant had left the port with a ceremony 6 days ago, after 50 years. And today came the news that the restaurant had sunk.

Hong KongThe floating restaurant, one of the most important symbols of ‘Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises’ In the statement made by the company, it was stated that the annual maintenance of the structure is quite costly. In the statement, Covid-19 It was emphasized that although the restaurant, which was closed in 2020 as part of the measures, is not in service, it has to be maintained and this situation puts restaurant owners financially difficult.

It was stated in the statement that it was decided to move the restaurant to an area where maintenance could be done with less cost, and it was noted that the necessary procedures were taken and permissions were obtained for this.


In the statement, it was stated that the floating restaurant, which started to be moved in the South China Sea on 14 June, encountered ‘adverse conditions’ while passing through the ‘Shisha’ archipelago, known as ‘Paracel’ the previous day. It was stated in the statement that the restaurant started to tilt as a result of taking in water, and despite all efforts, it was stated that the restaurant sank yesterday.

In the statement, it was pointed out that the depth at the scene was at least 1000 meters, so rescue work was almost impossible. ‘Jumbo Floating Restaurant’, one of the symbolic structures of Hong Kong, hosted many famous names, including Queen Elizabeth II of England and actor Tom Cruise. The restaurant also hosted the 2011 movie ‘Contagion’ by Steven Soderbergh, which is about a global epidemic. The restaurant was about 80 meters long.


When it was first announced that Jumbo would be withdrawn from the area, according to local news, artist Ah To posted a cartoon showing him sinking to the bottom of the sea on June 1.

Last week, incident artist SurrealHK also made a similar post on social media.

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