Hong Kong’s Jumbo Floating Restaurant Sinks into Sea

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Hong Kong’s iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant now sits at the bottom of the South China Sea.

The 80-meter-long restaurant was opened by Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho in 1976, The New York Times reports. It served Cantonese cuisine to famous guests, like Queen Elizabeth II and Tom Cruise, for decades, NPR reports.

It closed in 2020 due to the pandemic but millions of Hong Kong dollars were spent to maintain the building. According to NPR, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises said that the restaurant became a financial burden to shareholders.

On Tuesday, June 12, tugboats began towing the boat away to an undisclosed location. By Saturday it had capsized near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, CNN reports.

Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises announced that the restaurant had sunk in a statement Monday.

“The company is now getting further details of the accident from the towing company,” the statement said, according to NPR.

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