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There are dozens of Aberdeens dotted around the world, including ours in Hong Kong. But the original Aberdeen is located in the North East of Scotland. Most believe that the name Aberdeen means the place where the two rivers, the Dee and the Don flow into the sea. It is the third largest city in Scotland and has a population of over 200,000.

The history of Aberdeen is long and has had human settlement for thousands of years. It was probably founded as a fishing settlement. It then developed into a shipping port, which has seen many industries boom over the centuries. These include fish processing, whaling, ship building and granite quarrying and exporting.

Today, the harbour to the south of the city serves both the fishing and oil industries. The petroleum industry has been a major contributor to the city’s economy since the discovery of oil in the North Sea in 1970s.

Aberdeen Harbour
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Aberdeen Beach The long sandy beach between the two river mouths is one of the most picturesque places in the city. On a sunny day, you will see people sitting at the beach side cafes, or strolling along the promenade, as well as surfers braving the waves a little further away.

Aberdeen is called the Granite City because the locally quarried stone was used in building many of the city’s architectures and houses.

Union Street is the main street in Aberdeen, most of the city’s shopping arcades, eateries and public houses are on or around this street. The music scene in Aberdeen is lively. Regular concerts are held in Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) and the Music Hall. The Lemon Tree offers a more intimate venue for national hits as well as up and coming local music talents. On any day of the week, you will find people tapping their feet or even dancing to improvised Scottish folk music in one of the pubs. The Globe on North silver Street, The Blue Lamp on Gallowgate and the Prince of Wales (also famous for its allegedly longest bar in Aberdeen) off St Nicolas Square all hold weekly jamming sessions.

There are a number of museums and cinemas and a theatre in Aberdeen.

Beyond the city, the landscape in Aberdeenshire is diverse . The coastline north of the city is lined with sand dunes. The rock cliffs to the south are popular with rock climbers from all over the country. There are of course numerous golf courses in and around Aberdeen.

In Aberdeen, you are never far from the nature. There are a number of forests within the city itself and the Cairngorm mountains are only at our doorsteps. There are also the Royal Deeside to the west of the city. The pictures below show you a couple of the beautiful places around Aberdeen.

Slains Castle