Experience something really unique for your next group activity and take a Chinese Junk Boat Tour. Learn about the unrivaled nautical prowess of the Ming Dynasty Chinese explorer Zheng He, while aboard an authentic two-masted Chinese wooden junk ship!
Chinese Junk Tour:
To Asians and non-Asians alike, this is likely the first time that they have ever stepped aboard a junk-rigged sailboat – a ubiquitous watercraft that was first spotted on the Asian horizon in the second century AD. Although the junk was once the most-built (and copied) watercraft ever, today there are but a small handful of authentic junks left in the world and most are ferreted away in private collections or museums. At one time, one could actually walk right across Hong Kong Harbour stepping on the thousands of wood-constructed junks and sampans along the entire way; today there is only one junk left to carry on the storied history of this remarkable vessel.
The Hai Long
Hai Long is a rare find, a true Hong Kong-built all-teakwood junk with full provenance. She is authentic and original in every regard, including her large, fenestrated rudder, ornate woodwork and brightwork and her robust teakwood ribs and framework. Her overall condition is remarkable, a pure testament to the previous owner who loved and took care of Hai Long (originally named “Ho Hum”). With her sails in full bloom, she cuts an impressive profile and becomes the primary subject of discussion amongst all in view of her. Sadly, the thousands of visitors who pass through Charlottetown every summer have probably never seen an authentic junk in their lives, little alone enjoyed the experience of a ride in one. Chinese Junk Tour will be available through Long Run Industries Inc. who intend to offer the chance to set sail and relive the excitement that at one time only the Treasure Ship sailors under Emperor Zhu Di could experience!
Close your eyes and imagine receiving the proclamation from the Ming Emperor that the fleet is to set sail immediately, to cast lines and to explore distant lands, then open your eyes and see yourself on an authentic Chinese junk boat with the sails being hoisted… that is what we are offering in Charlottetown” – Montgomery Gisborne.
Customers on the Chinese Junk Tour will be treated to much more than just a boat ride… they will feel like they are a part of a long-ago exploration adventure to seek out new lands and establish trade as the Treasure Ship Fleets did so many years ago. This experience will be made possible through multimedia interactive learning… the crew will be dressed in period Ming Dynasty garb and audio-video and other tools will be employed to make learning about this most exciting period in nautical history seem quite real. Real Chinese food will be served and real Chinese musical instruments played, just as they would have in 1421. The crew will navigate using the sextant and compass, and steer with a big rudder, all instruments of Chinese invention. Both Mandarin and English will be spoken, for the benefit of the many Asian customers from afar.
Chinese Junk Tour offers the most-exciting and culturally-different activity for visitors to Charlottetown… an experience they will never forget which was 1,800 years in the making!