Friday, May 09, 2014

Junk at Victoria Harbour - HONG KONG

Hong Kong is one of those places where old traditions and new technology live side by side (at least that's what I imagine, since I never had the chance to visit it). This beautiful postcard is a proof of that, showing a traditional junk boat at Victoria Harbour (according to the sender, a ride in a Junk is the best way to enjoy Hong Kong nightview). Thank you very much Kinki. This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
Junk ship at Victoria Harbour - HONG KONG
A junk is an ancient Chinese sailing vessel/ship design still in use today. Junks were developed during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and were used as seagoing vessels as early as the 2nd century CE. They evolved in the later dynasties, and were used throughout Asia for extensive ocean voyages. They were found, and in lesser numbers are still found, throughout South-East Asia and India, but primarily in China, perhaps most famously in Hong Kong. Found more broadly today is a growing number of modern recreational junk-rigged sailboats.       

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