Monday, November 10, 2008

Duk Ling Junk

The junk ship that was pictured on the banner of this blog is one of the famous icons of Hong Kong. Chinese junk or sailing boats had once crowded the waters around Hong Kong but those days are gone now and only one junk remains which is the "Duk Ling Junk".

Duk Ling these days is used mainly for private charters, commercials and film making. She was featured in Jules Verne's classic "Around the world in 80 Days". DUK LING was build in Macau 50 years ago and had served as a fishing boat until she was bought by Frenchman Pierric Couderc in 1985. He spent almost three years restoring her to her original glory.

If you happen to visit Hong Kong, you can sail aboard her by joining the Hong Kong Tourism Board's Kaleidoscope programme. Yes, HKTB is offering a daytime harbour cruise for HK visitors. The boat ride last for an hour. There is room for about thirty people per voyage. The Duk Ling leaves from the Kowloon Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Queen’s Pier in Central on Hong Kong Island. So don't miss the unique chance to experience sailing as in the old days and sail Victoria Harbour for a 360 degree view of Hong Kong's impressive skyline. You may contact the HKTB Visitor Hotline at +852 2508 1234 for more information on sailing times.


Gem said...

Junk? Did they really contain junk?

The ship looks lovely. Like a pirate ship. Must be so romantic to be seeing that place.

Dan said...

Hi Gem,

The Chinese boats with a high poop and lugsails were called junk here in HK.

Yes, the ship looks lovely and thanks to changes in HK marriage licensing regulations, Duk Ling is now a legal wedding venue. Couples can now rent Duk Ling and tie the knot in Hong Kong's most romantic surroundings.

Gem said...

Really? That can be a very interesting way to get wed and spend honeymoon.

I wonder if HK allows foreigners to be wed in their place.. hehehe.

Dan said...

Hi Gem,

Any wedding would really be romantic especially with couples that truly love each other.

A lot of HK locals/expats have their wedding held in Duk Ling.

Getting married here in HK is not so difficult. Even our kabayan(s) who got their divorce papers (though not recognized in Phil) here were able to get wed.