Destination: China: Hong Kong
Sailing on a Junk: Duk Ling
Two days a week, a traditional junk, the Duk Ling (think about it), does circuits of the harbor, allowing passengers to experience how the fishermen of old navigated the harbor and Pearl River Delta. Best of all it is free for tourists (who have to show their passports at the tourist office). Various other commercial passenger-junk trips are offered, but if you’re visiting Hong Kong on a Thursday, this is the best and most convenient of the lot. Thursdays at 3 and 5 p.m.; Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
As transportation deals go, this is possibly the world’s best value. For 30 cents U.S., passengers are given a passage across the most dynamic harbor anywhere, zigzagging through the ridiculously crowded shipping lanes that play host to high-end cruise ships, rusting container vessels, tiny, oar-powered sampans and chugging fishing junks. At dusk, it is a particularly magical journey, as the gentle yellow glow of the setting sun is replaced by the neon blitz of the nighttime skyline.
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