Junks floating by majestically in Whampoa, Shanghai. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
The junk has been the classic Chinese ship design since the Han dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE), and is still in use today. With a flexible, usually flat-bottomed design that allows it to navigate both rivers and the open sea, the junk has been put to many uses over the years, from warfare to commerce.
The junk is the basic