HubHao recently enjoyed a ship-shape outing to The Ship in Houjie. Fish and chips, beef wraps, and a full English Breakfast was had by all. Writer John Acton scribbles his captain’s log as follows…


The Ship is located by Wanda Plaza’s Houjie’s North East gate, knot by the North-West Passage. It sits above board, atop the northern dock of the bay of Houhai Lake, Wanda Plaza’s fashionable outdoor area. Only a short children’s pleasure boat’s ride from the paddle boats. I dragged myself over there under pier-pressure for a Saturday lunchtime. Granted, The Ship isn’t the only fish in the sea, with several western bar favourites dotted around the growing township. Good words had flagged around the people of Houjie. After a stern talking to, I landed. The Ship is a sea of change amongst an ocean of coffee shops and restaurants. An oasis, it is only authentic bar in the Wanda Plaza.

Ran by Captain Geoff and his first-hand Angie, a motley crew are there to meet all your nautical demands. They have a convivial bar set-up, you may lose your hand at get hooked. It could be an oar inspiring place to think through ideas, sat amongst the many berths and outside on deck. Whether you want to relax, drown your sorrows, get as drunk as a sailor, you won’t be a fish out of water at The Ship. There are no loose lips sinking ships amongst the patrons. Don’t expect any fishing for compliments, it is hook, line and sinker a place to feel plain sailing. On the Strait, and narrow, so to speak. It is both familiar and a different kettle of fish. Have yourself a whale of a good time!

The menu is anchor-aging with I wreck-on around 50 dishes. Whether you wake up early or late, there is an all-day breakfast, English in style and with all the added ship-shape extras. For those looking to remain buoyant, a range of snacks are on sail, including the aqua-disiac fish fingers. My favourite vegetable was nowhere to be spied. I cannot fathom out why leeks are banned on board.

I disembarked the bar, my hunger was off the hook, filled on a delicious beef wrap – and bacon with eggs on toast. Not exactly seafaring food, but certainly hearty enough to batten down hunger’s hatches. Besides, I harbour strong feelings for bacon – and didn’t want to rock the boat. I didn’t want to barge right in and eat too much. That could cause my evening appetite to flounder. The prices won’t dock your pay too badly with snacks starting as low as 10RMB upwards. They do a fantastic coffee, which helps you get a second wind. No need to cast your bread upon the waters. The bread is delicious too.

Yawl should check it out schooner or later you should try The Ship. It might just float your boat! Besides, I can’t think of any more nautical puns. Canoe?


Need a port in a storm? Wanda Plaza Houjie, Houjie, Corner of Wan Jing Road, and Guantai Road. Down the steps. A short walk from Kangle Bei Road.


Call the boatyard? 0769-33819167 / +86 13066172050

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The Ship offers a fantastic view of the Wanda Plaza Houjie light show, each evening around 7.30pm.

JR Acton

“Sum yourself up in 100 words or less,” they said. I’ve blown seventeen words on this alone. As a former editor of Aberystwyth Town Football Club’s website and matchday programme, amongst other accredited publications in The Non-League Paper and Cambrian News, I can safely say that I like writing. I love reading and the English language equally which is why I fled Britain for Dongguan to teach English and spend some time trying to thrash out the first novel. Everyone can write but is everyone willing to read our words? Only time will tell. I am fluent in Mancunian and English – and I am learning Mandarin, slowly. Really slowly.

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