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Star Ferry Harbour Cruise 天星小輪, Hong Kong – part 1 of 2

By on September 5, 2015 in Hong Kong

For me, there is something iconic about the Star Ferry 天星小輪 that crosses Hong Kong Harbour – and the weird thing is I have no idea why! I seem to be remembering them from the BBC news many many years ago.

As part of my tour of Hong Kong, I had the opportunity to take a cruise around Hong Kong Harbour on a Star Ferry 天星小輪, and I would thoroughly recommend it as it is a fantastic way to see the harbour, and ti experience Hong Kong.

The main purpose of the Star Ferry 天星小輪 is to provide commuters with a way of getting back and forth across the harbour. Interestingly the journey has been getting quicker over the years, not because the boats have been getting faster, but due to the reclamation of land in the harbour, the gap has become smaller.

Hong Kong does have a great skyline.

View from Star Ferry Harbour Cruise 天星小輪

View from Star Ferry Harbour Cruise 天星小輪

There is a boldness and confidence to the architecture of the town.

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise

Bold architecture in Hong Kong

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise – the Hong Kong skyline

In the shot below you can see a Star Ferry 天星小輪 (the small green and white boat) next to the new Star Ferry 天星小輪 Pier.

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise

Star Ferry Terminal

The ferry shares the harbour with boats of all sizes from large cruise liners to small fishing boats.

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise

One piece of historic architecture that remains is the Harbour Clock (see below).  In its day it must have seemed a tall building, but now it is crowded out by the skyscrapers and looks small and insignificant.

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise

Finally, the ferry returned to the terminal after an hour or so cruising around the harbour.

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise

Star Ferry Terminal

FourSquare: Star Ferry 天星小輪

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