Forgotten at Home, Hong Kong’s Junks Sail on Foreign Waters



Posted by Ed 6 mths ago
For people all around the world, the junk boat is Hong Kong, a sort of visual shorthand so instantaneous it doesn’t bear explaining. Yet how many Hongkongers have sailed upon or even seen a real Chinese junk? Not one of the harbour cruises motoring with branded sails just for show, but a real, working model with weatherworn canvas bellying out in the South China Sea breeze?

The sad truth is that the junk, so emblematic of our hometown, has been allowed to flounder in local waters. But the good news is that far from our shores, the Hong Kong junk is alive and well, and could even be staging a historic comeback.

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