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:
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.
Two Hong Kong yacht traders, Yu Lik-hang and his aunt Cheng Ching-wah, have acquired Duk Ling from the previous owners and to great effort and expense, have managed to save the vessel. Duk Ling has once again as of June 13, 2015 commenced operations!
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
|Departs||Adults||Children and |
17:30 18:30 19:30 20:30
|HK 320||HK 220|
Duk Ling will also be available for private charter.
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:
A Day Pass including unlimited rides is HK 120 for adults and HK 90 for children 4 to 11.
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.
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
Aqua Luna Schedule and Prices
Public Pier 1
|12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00||12:10 13:10 14:10 15:10 16:10|
|Day Pass Adults HK120 (US$17.18) Children (4-11) HK90 (US$11.90)|
|Evening Cruises |
|17:30 18:30||17:45 and 18:45|
|19:30* 20:30||19:45* and 20:45|
|21:30 22:30||21:45 and 22:45|
|Adults HK195 (US$25.77) Children (4-11) HK155 (US$20.49)|
|* Symphony of Lights Cruises
Adults HK275 (US$37.67) Children (4-11) HK220 (US$29.08)
In addition to the Victoria Harbour Cruises, Aqua Luna also offers weekend trips to Stanley and are a great way to see a little bit more of Hong Kong and the surrounding areas.
The V was originally commissioned by the Macau Museum in the early 1990's and was built according to the old traditional techniques for the old sampans of the colonial times. It was later acquired by the Vabella Group which currently operates it.
The V used to offer evening dinner cruises to Lamma Island but are currently discontinued. The V is available for charter. More info here.
Whichever Hong Kong Junk you decide to take, it is sure to be a phenomenal and unique experience, and if you are visiting Hong Kong with kids, a definite "must do"!
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