Centuries ago, the boat city of Aberdeen Harbor was a haven for pirates, and the floating city itself hasn’t changed much since then despite the ultra-modern skyscrapers that have sprung up around it. Aberdeen’s “boat people” live here to escape the constraints of modern society, although many in mainland Hong Kong consider the boat city to be an eyesore. In Hong Kong, both on the island itself as well as on the mainland and the outlying islands, there are several typhoon shelters, where small ships and fishing vessels can seek shelter during the typhoon season. The biggest of these floating cities could be found in Aberdeen Harbour between Hong Kong Island and Ap Lei Chau.Here lived about 20.000 “boat people” on about 3000 junks. They are the Tanka- and Hoklo people, a certain group of fishermen, that traditionally preferred to live permanently on their boats instead of living in apartments ashore.There are still “boat people” in Hong Kong, but the Hong Kong government has for long time tried to encourage them to leave their boats and resettle ashore by building housing estates for them as well as schools and facilities for their children. And slowly but surely the fishermen have been transformed into factory workers as their typhoon shelters are disappearing when harbour areas are being reclaimed for city development.