junktrip

Hong Kong’s Junks; Our Treasures

Junk [juhngk]

  1. An ancient sailing vessel of Chinese origin.
  2. The term junk may be used in reference to many different kinds of boat – cargo-carrying, pleasure boat, live-aboard boat, ocean-going boat.

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Chinese junks (the western word version from the Malay djong, meaning boat) were traditionally used for overseas trade, and are notable for their features of large, strong, red hulls and lacking keels – for dealing with the regional typhoons and navigating through shallow waters, respectively.  Today, they are used to host days out on the water and parties, as well as cruise tours.  Junking is one of the most popular past times in Hong Kong and can mean anything from time spent on the traditional wooden junk boat to a large ship or yacht.

Whether it’s hot out and a great escape from the city, you want to enjoy sail for lunch on one of the many outlying islands of HK, or you just feel like hanging with your friends on the open water, junking is where it’s at!

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WHAT TO BRING:

  • Beachwear – bathing suit, flip flops, sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries for the end of the day (there’s usually showers on board)
  • Water (it’s always good to have extra)
  • Seasick tabs or bracelet (just in case)
  • Dry bag for valuables
  • Change of clothes

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HOW TO BOARD

Jaspa’s Junks

Probably your best value for money and best bet for a fun day out: open cabins with incredibly spacious top and bottom decks, great sound system, fully catered meals and drink options with Jaspa’s staff friendly service.

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Lazydays

Stylish yacht with food and drink packages available (including free-flow Prosecco), massages and inflatable six-person lounge.

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Koh Thai Junk

This is a great option for groups of 25+, with Thai food and drink catering packages and destinations beyond Sai Kung and the southern outlying islands.

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Vikings Charters

Deluxe wooden and white junks, with optional speedboat, banana boat, water skiing or wakeboarding.

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Angus Yacht Club

Varying boat size options available, with water slides built into the sides.  Also available are wakeboarding, banana boats, diving boards, mahjong, and karaoke.

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Saffron Cruises

A plethora of options here: traditional Chinese junks to sleek luxury yachts, and speedboats, with food options and waiter service available.

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Riviera Orientale

This über luxe option provides the yachts you would actually see in the French Riviera, complete with jet skis (helipad optional).

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Michelangelo

Sleek wooden yacht with all the brass and whistles, day and overnight charters available, with buffet menu options.

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Aqua Luna

This is a great option for visitors: offering a 45 minute harbor tour or day cruise around Stanley on the traditional red-sailed junk with full menu and cocktail options.

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As a career sommelier, Kimberley Drake has overseen some of the finest wine programs and operations in America and Asia. Her accomplishments range from working as a sommelier at Jean Georges in NYC to opening Hong Kong’s Café Gray Deluxe as their chef sommelier. Kimberley can be reached at Kimberley@NewsWhistle.com.

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