Thursday Doors: Star Ferry

A bit of old Hong Kong includes a trip on the Star Ferry.  This famous ferry has carried passengers back and forth across Victoria Harbor from Hong Kong Island to the Kowloon side since 1888.

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Per a recent news article in the South China Morning Post, before the Star Ferry was established, individuals crossed the harbor on sampans or wooden rowboats.  Currently, tens of thousands of passengers take the scenic ride across the deep harbor each day.

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The Star Ferry is listed as one of National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s ‘Top 50 experiences of a lifetime.’

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“It is a Hong Kong institution, with gleaming skyscrapers set against the backdrops of green hills.”

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Passengers who ride the Star Ferry include regulars who want to avoid the crowded MTR (train) traveling under the harbor.  The Cross-Harbour Tunnel opened in 1972.

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The ferry also carries tourists from all parts of the world, clicking cameras of the skyline.

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Not just tourists click their cameras, I do too!

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This post is inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. JT Twissel says:

    Gotta a ferry ride!

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    1. Come to Hong Kong and take a ferry ride, you won’t regret it! hehe

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  2. Junieper says:

    Was once on the mainlands’ side in Shen-zhen, only half an hour walk over the bridge, but we needed an extra visa for that, so decided not to enter Hong Kong, but our son stayed there for a month to get a new passport. Hear it’s a great shopping city! Great ferry ride:)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it’s known as a shopping mecca, but to me, it’s home and I don’t shop much (haha). Did you enjoy your trip to China? Where did your son stay (what part of HK)? We lived in Shenzhen for a year way back in 1989.

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  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    I love a nice ferry ride, especially across a harbour with such a wonderful view. Nice shots 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Norm. The photos didn’t capture the magnificence of the HK harbor, but I tried. =)

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  4. slfinnell says:

    My niece is stationed in Japan for 3 years and I am hoping she gets a chance to visit Hong Kong. So close and such an opportunity for us land-locked Missourians.

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    1. You really ought to take advantage of her living overseas to explore. When we moved to Asia years ago, my siblings did that. We have wonderful memories together from their visits. I hope she and you make it to Hong Kong. Lot’s of water, for sure. =)

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      1. slfinnell says:

        Would sure love to! Who knows?! Maybe I will 😊

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