Hong Kong Junk
The Hong Kong junk has come to represent the old traditional values that are still so ever present in this cosmopolitan city. The sight of this venerable vessel with its flashy red sails set against the backdrop of an ultra modern skyline is certainly striking and it has become a cherished symbol of the city.
There aren't that many traditional sampans in operation any more, so if you happen to see the red-sail sampans traversing the waters of the bay, it will more than likely be one of these vessels:
A sampan ride on one of these vessels will take some advanced planning as the sailings offered are limited. Here are some tips and guidelines to help you plan your junk ride.
Duk Ling: "The" Hong Kong Junk
Duk Ling in Victoria HarbourThe Duk Ling is "the" Hong Kong Junk. This true relic which underwent full restoration in the 1980's, is an original junk used by fishermen and the last of its kind in Hong Kong waters. It has led parades during some of Hong Kong's most iconic festivals, as well as when the giant rubber ducky sailed into Victoria Harbour. Tragically, Duk Ling sank during a typhoon in 2014 and regularly scheduled Harbour Cruises which were sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board had to stop.
Duk Ling and crew setting sails
Duk Ling is licensed to carry up to 36 passengers plus crew.
Daily scheduled cruises are available. The cruise takes 45 minutes to sail around Victoria Harbour.
Boarding locations at Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 and Central Pier 9.
Duk Ling Schedule and Prices
The Aqua Luna
Hong Kong Junk:Aqua LunaThe Aqua Luna is a gorgeous hand-crafted vessel run by the Aqua Restaurant Group of Beijing/London/HongKong fame. You are perhaps not sailing an original old traditional fishing junk as opposed to the Duk Ling, but still very much an adventure in exquisite and classy surroundings.
During the week, Monday through Friday, Aqua Luna operates a sort of Hop-On-Hop-Off boat tour of Victoria Harbour with 4 convenient stops on both sides, running continuously from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on a one-hour loop:
In the evenings Aqua Luna has daily 45-minute Victoria Harbour Cruises that leave Tsim Sha Tsui from Public Pier 1 and Central from Pier 9 as follows:
The cruise includes drinks and refreshments, and there is (pricey) food on board you can buy.
The best part of Aqua Luna has to be the top deck which is lined on both sides with comfy sofas where you can lounge, enjoy your cocktail and the marvelous views all around you.
Aqua Luna's Top Deck
In addition to the Victoria Harbour Cruises, Aqua Luna also offers and are a great way to see a little bit more of Hong Kong and the surrounding areas.
Sailing on the Aqua Luna Tips
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