Not-willing-to-leave Kwan-yin, an antique ship named after the famous Kwan-yin statue, successfully finished its trial voyage from Dinghai to Duangu Passenger Terminal in Putuo Island. It took one and a half years to finish building the ship.
With a full load weight of 500 tons, the ship, which is 43.8 meters long and 10.5 meters wide, is the largest wood attached steel antique ship in China. It has 96 passenger seats and the cost 20 million RMB.
The ship was one of the key projects launched by the municipal government in 2009. It copied the ship taken by Hui'e, a Japanese monk who studied Buddhism in China more than a thousand years ago. He was the founder of temples in Putuo Island. With an excellent combination of tradition and modern hi-technology, it will serve as a culture messenger and new image in foreign exchanges.
During the oncoming 8th Kwan-yin Culture Festival in November, the ship will launch its first formal voyage. As a culture messenger, the ship will sail along the Sea Silk Road to Korea, Japan and China's Taiwan Province for friendly visits and academic exchanges.