UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritages in China (Ⅲ) (8)

(People's Daily Online) 17:00, May 08, 2023

Watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks

The term, "Watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks" was inscribed on UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2010.

Developed in South China's Fujian Province, the watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks permits the construction of ocean-going vessels with watertight compartments.

If one or two cabins are accidentally damaged in the course of navigation, seawater will not flood the other cabins and the vessel will remain afloat.

The junks are made mainly of camphor, pine and fir timber, and assembled through use of traditional carpenters' tools. They are built by applying the key technologies of rabbet-jointing planks together and caulking the seams between the planks with ramie, lime and tung oil.


(Web editor: Zhong Wenxing, Du Mingming)


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