This extraordinary flying boat is apparently one of six built, no doubt inspired by the Japanese Shin Meiwa designs with a bit of Beriev thrown in too. First flew 1976 and entered service with the People's Liberation Army North Sea Fleet at Qingdao ten years later. Orbis DC-8 N220RB behind
After a holiday with friends in Japan, I took an overnight ferry from Shimonoseki to China, and was stunned to see this as the ship put into Qingdao. Only a few SH-5s appear to have been built for the People's Navy.