Duk Ling Cruises
The iconic Victoria Harbour, no matter how many times I have been to Hong Kong, still remains a sight to see. The vibrant colors and constant parade of vehicles, skyscrapers, and the lights and sounds show everyday at 8pm, are still sought out not only by foreign tourists, but by locals as well.
On this trip, I was blessed to have experienced the show from a different point of view—–from aboard the Duk Ling Cruises. I’ve always read about junk boats and I’ve seen them cruise along the Harbour many times, but I never had the opportunity to be on it in the past.
The Duk Ling, which means “Clever Duck”, holds claim to being the only authentic fishing/junk boat that first set sail in 1955, the Aqua Luna being its replica for tourism purposes. In the 80s the Hong Kong Tourist Association bought it to sail along Victoria Harbour, and has since then been Hong Kong’s icon.
In 2014, the Duk Ling ship sank 18m deep caused by a storm. Fortunately, they restored it and it was ready to set sail again in June 2015.
My friends and I couldn’t contain our excitement, we patiently waited at Central Pier 9 for the ship to arrive.
We chose to sit at the back end of the boat, by the rooftop, in order to get the best view. Being my typical friendly self, I started chatting with the tourists who sat around me—-5 American girls, 2 men from UK and 1 from Prague.
The staff approached us and asked, “Would you like some red wine, white wine, beer, or Soda(It couldn’t get any better than this— riding on an iconic boat, toasting amidst the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, wonderful company—–totally worth it.
Why the Duk Ling Cruise is a must do in HK
- The experience of riding an Iconic Junk Boat;
2. Witness the energetic skyline of Victoria Harbour from the water;
3. Watch the Lights and Sounds Show, witness both sides of the Harbour;
4. A good variety of and unlimited drinks on board;
6. Share the experience with new found friends, with whom you could enjoy your remaining nights out with;
7. Memories, memories and more memories
1) Where can I board the Duk Ling Cruises?
You can board and unboard the Duk Ling Cruise in either of the two Harbours : TST Pier 3 or Central Ferry Pier 9. You have the option, depending on your location and your plans.
2) How many cruises or sails do they have in a day?
>From TST Ferry Pier number 3 at 1630H, 1730H, 1830H, 1930H, 2030H
>From Central Ferry Pier Number 9 at 1645H, 1745H, 1845H, 1945H, 2045H
3) How much does it cost?
Their regular prices are as follows: Adult-HKD320, Child/Senior-HKD220 for sessions 1630H, 1645H, 1730H, 1745H, 1830H, 1845H, 2030H, and 2045H
Adult-HKD380, Child/Senior-HKD285 for sessions 1930H and 1945H
Note: Take the 1945H trip if you want to catch the Lights and Sounds Show from the water.
4) Do they have promotions or discounts for groups or for tourists?
Their current promotion will last until 31 Oct 2015:
Price is Adult-HKD230, Child&senior-HKD160 for sessions 1630H, 1645H, 1730H, 1745H, 1830H, 1845H, 2030H, and 2045H
For the 1930H and 1945H trips, it is HKD280 for adults and HKD220 for children and seniors.
Group discount is on a request basis, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if needed.
5) Where can you buy the tickets?
You can book via KKDAY Dukling Cruises that’s the easiest
6)How long is the cruise?
Each sail is for 1 hour.
The next time you are in Hong Kong, try sailing on the Duk Ling Cruises. It will give you memorable views of both sides of the harbor, plus some history and information from the guide as you cruise along,
This was definitely an impressive way to enjoy Hong Kong.
All Photography and Editing done by Kay Dulay