Maritime Museum on Pier 8
Each of the museum's galleries focuses on a theme, including China's maritime heritage, the Canton Trade, the Pirate Coast, Hong Kong harbor, the evolution of China's maritime technologies, relations with foreign powers, maritime technologies (communications, charting, navigation, pilotage), and Chinese marine art.
Early ships and trade
An imperial decree issued in 1685 allowed foreign ships to call at all Chinese ports, but this was modified in 1757, limiting foreigners to trading at just one port, Guangzhou, then known to Europeans as Canton. The gallery shows examples of luxury goods that were traded with foreigners at Canton, including paintings, furniture, clothing, wallpapers, lacquerware, porcelain, ivories, pewterware, and silverware.
One gallery is dedicated to the COSCO Group that controls the largest shipping fleet in China and the second largest in the world. In addition to the operation of hundreds of merchant vessels, the group manages container terminals worldwide and runs huge shipbuilding and ship repair facilities in China. The next gallery is dedicated to modern shipping facilities and vessels, with models of many current ships.
My favorite galleries were the ship bridge displays and the bridge simulator used for training crews in the operation of modern ships.
Throughout the museum, there are great views of Hong Kong harbor and Kowloon on the other side of the harbor.
Views across the harbor
The Hong Kong Maritime museum packs a lot of history and information in a small space and the juxtaposition of representations of early Chinese trade with the world and today's modern shipping industry is quite intriguing.