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Star Ferry

Star FerryWith a history of more than 100 years, the Star Ferry is one of the must-dos in Hong Kong and a witness to many changes that have taken place in Hong Kong over the years. As both a vehicle and a tourist attraction, it is a symbol of Hong Kong.

The Star Ferry Company came into existence around 1898 and since then its ferries have been shuttling busily between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The Star Ferry now owns 12 double-deck ferries and each ferry has a cabin on the upper deck that is equipped with air conditioning. All of its ferries have the word 'star' in their names, such as Night Star, Morning Star, Gold Star, and Heaven Star.

Information about Star Ferry

Star Ferry has two decks. The bottom deck is cheaper, but even the upper deck only costs just less than 30 cents US to ride. The bottom deck is not as nice and if you don't like diesel fumes, upper deck is your choice. But then, for some reason, the ferries between Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui only take passengers on the upper deck.

The iconic Star Ferry is one of Hong Kong's most famous attractions providing both a remarkably inexpensive method of crossing the harbour and the opportunity for some spectacular views of the harbour and Hong Kong Island and Kowloon waterfronts. The service has operated for over 130 years and currently twelve double deck ferries ply four routes, the most popular being the nine minute crossing between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.

The new Star Ferry Piers in Central (Central Ferry Piers 7 and 8) opened in November 2006 after closure and subsequent demolition of the Edinburgh Place Star Ferry piers, some 300 metres distant, which had been built in 1957. Demolition was necessary to make way for a proposed six lane highway. The historic clock tower was dismantled with a government promise that it would be restored and displayed nearby and it remains to be seem whether this pledge is fulfilled. The Star Ferry carries a daily average of about 43,000 passengers (as at January 2009).

The Star Ferry operates on four routes: between Wanchai and Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui and Central, Central and Hung Hom, and Hung Hom and Wanchai. Service times and ticket prices vary according to different routes. On weekdays ferries operate from about 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. between Hung Hom and Wanchai, and Hung Hom and Central and from about 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. between Wanchai and Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui and Central. On weekends these schedules change. The ticket prices between Wanchai and Tsim Sha Tsui are the cheapest: adults cost HK$2.20; children and the disabled cost HK$1.30 and seniors are free. On the other three routes adults cost HK$5.30; children and the disabled cost HK$2.70 and seniors are free.Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is a favorite among the local people because it is affordable, convenient and quick. Its ticket prices are the cheapest in Hong Kong; ferries run very frequently; and it takes only about 10 minutes to travel across the harbor. In the evening, passengers can enjoy the gentle breeze from the sea and the world-famous sights of Victoria Harbor. Far from the hustle and bustle, a ride on the Star Ferry provides a rare chance to relax.

 

Star Ferry Tour

In 2003, the Star Ferry Company designed a custom-built ferry to use for tours of Victoria Harbor. This ferry is a reproduction of a ferry of the 1920s and features a coffee house and a deck for sunbathing. It has proved to be very popular among tourists who can enjoy a cup of coffee or just relax while feasting their eyes on the sights of Victoria Harbor.

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