A Jaunt on a Hong Kong Junk08/09/2013
There’s no better way to see the neon skyline of Hong Kong than taking a cruise around the harbour at nighttime . . . just before dusk to be exact. Try and forego a regular cruise boat and book a traditional junk that chugs around like the old days of the colonial empire when seafaring boats were four-masted schooners and local transport for most Hong Kong residents was either a rickerty ferry or a Chinese junk.
“Cheung Po Tsai” is the Aqua Luna junk hand-built for the Aqua Restaurant Group in 2006 using traditional shipbuilding methods over an 18-month period by a local craftsman supervised by a veteran 73-year-old shipbuilder. The junk with its distinctive red sails is named after the Cheung Chau Island pirate who terrorised the South China Sea at the turn of the twentieth century.
There are six 45-minute evening harbour cruises, operating daily from Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. The Fare is HK$195 adult, HK$155 child (4-11) except for the sailings marked* (Symphony of Lights Cruise) for which the fare is HK$260 adult, HK$210 child (4-11).