Local tourism keeps HK junk boat tours afloat

Second wind: The ‘Dukling’ sailing in the waters of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. — Reuters

HONG KONG: The Dukling, a traditional junk boat frequently seen at picturesque Victoria Harbour, has readjusted its tour routes to survive the pandemic, mainly catering to locals.

Built in 1955, the boat has been used for harbour tours since the 1980s, and the current operator has run the service since 2014.

Its 12 staff serve mainly foreign tourists looking to see Hong Kong’s glitzy skyline.

But with the border shut, Dukling Limited’s business development director, Charlotte Li, says foreign clients are virtually non-existent.

Still, Li has kept a third of its business, offering tours in Cantonese and sailing to more far off locations to attract local residents.

“My kids love boats, ” said Edmund Kwok, a 36-year-old engineer on a tour with his wife and two children. — Reuters

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