The last of Hong Kong's original wooden junk boats is still afloat
You may not know what a junk boat is, but odds are high that you've seen one. The junk boat -- tall and wooden with its three bright-red sails glowing in the Victoria Harbor sunlight -- is one of the most iconic visual symbols of Hong Kong. These vessels are commonly depicted on postcards, retro travel posters, keychains, T-shirts, ceramics and even the logo of the city's tourism board. But when it comes to finding a junk in present-day Hong Kong, you'll have to look a lot harder.
Dukling is the last remaining Hong Kong junk boat available for public use. In her first life, Dukling was built in 1955 and was home for a seafaring local family. She is 18 meters long and weighs 50 tons, offering locals and visitors alike a chance to experience Hong Kong's man-made and natural beauty from the water. It can be easy to forget that Hong Kong isn't a single island -- it's an archipelago. While getting out on the water is a great way to feel the wind on your face on a hot day, it's also a way to understand the shape and scope of this wildly varied city.
Like so many tourist attractions around the world, Dukling is at risk of closure due to low visitor numbers amid the pandemic. Currently, she is only available for private charters due to Hong Kong's virus restrictions.