Courtesy of Danish artist and photographer Karsten Petersen.

During the golden days of the fishing industry, traditional wooden junk boats filled Victoria Harbour. Some fishermen and their families lived on their boats, with ports and fish-trading markets springing up in areas such as Aberdeen and Shau Kei Wan. Over the decades, reclamation of land moved many families on to the land. Many were attracted to jobs in industry and commerce, meaning the number of those working at sea dwindled. Today, one of the few remaining red-sail Chinese junk boats that can be spotted in the harbour is owned and operated by Tsim Sha Tsui bar Aqua.

These almost-surreal photos from the 1970s show the junks back in their glory days.

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