Been sometime since I've posted an update but I'm finally getting interested again in building these early Chinese boats once my junk is done.
I visited Hangzhou's Grand Canal Museum over the weekend looking for inspiration as I finish drawing plans for my long-delayed 4-wheeled Southern Song warship. While there looking over the artwork & various models of vessels that plied the Grand Canal over the centuries, I came across several interesting vessels including a paddle wheel passenger boat that could be another candidate for a future build.
Another interesting find was a specific type of vessel used for entertainment by boatmen after a hard day on the water. Not sure if they hung a lantern at night, but I'd be apt to believe many a master was happy to drop anchor for the night once he heard the cry 看到红旗, 水手喜悦! or in proper British English: "Red Flag in Sight, Sailors Delight!"
Should you have the chance to visit China on business or pleasure, you will want to include Hanghzou on your itinerary for its number of museums & attractions related the area's long 8,000 history