Beaches and Boats: a timeless and treasured global activity

In China by Eller Student

By Rosie Rice

263 islands make up the composition of Hong Kong.  Nearly all beaches are maintained by the Chinese government and are protected by shark netting because of a few incidents in the early 80s where sharks posed threat to swimmers and/or attacked.  Though all the locals say there are no sharks in the water anymore, and the bright yellow netting semi-obstructs the beautiful view.

Will be instructing a yoga class Wednesday; although it won't be on the beach. :( Repulse Bay, Southern District HK.

Will be instructing a yoga class Wednesday; although it won’t be on the beach. Repulse Bay, Southern District HK.

Anyway, along with tanning and playing in the South China Sea, a popular pastime enjoyed mainly by ex-pats, is junking.  Junking is the act of going on a boat.  These trips are so popular because they are inclusive of food that is cooked on-board by well-known and delicious restaurants.  With the unlimited food, drinks, 25+ friends, and a beautiful ocean view, a junk trip is a guaranteed amazing time.  Junk trips are daylong excursions, typically a solid 8 hours; unless there is a typhoon warning issued by the Hong Kong Observatory.  Sadly, this happened to me yesterday, and our trip was cut short half the day.  Not to worry, the next excursion is already in the making.

Though called "junk boats", they are super nice inside & out!

Though called “junk boats”, they are super nice inside & out!

Signing off to enjoy what is hopefully delicious Vietnamese food.  After my VN trip, my standards have been raised significantly.