Iconic floating restaurant sinks and lies 1000 meters lower on the seabed | Abroad

hongkongAn iconic floating restaurant in Hong Kong, the Jumbo Floating Restaurant, sank in the South China Sea during transport. It was dragged away from Hong Kong after 46 years last week, after it had already gone under financially due to the corona measures.

The owner, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises, said only that the 76-meter-long floating restaurant, built in the Chinese imperial style, would be towed to a new destination.

Watch how the floating restaurant was towed away last week:

But during the journey to that new destination, it capsized and sank about 700 kilometers south of Hong Kong on Sunday, said its saddened owners. It is not considered likely that it can be recovered, because the sea is 1000 meters deep. The cause of the sinking is being investigated in consultation with the towage company.

The restaurant palace is one of the most famous in the world, partly due to the role it played in a series of TV series and films, including the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and the movie Contagion (2011).

After 46 years, the iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant was towed out of Hong Kong. © AFP

When the restaurant was still thriving, it could serve 2300 dinners daily. The cuisine focused on traditional Cantonese and seafood dishes and was renowned. It has welcomed an estimated 30 million customers, including royalty and movie stars, according to local media.

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