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STAR FERRY

When Britain signed the 99-year lease for the New Territories in 1898, it led to the development of Kowloon. And so to the need for easy access across the harbour. The Star Ferry was launched in the same year.

Star ferry
Around 1970, the fare was cheap, only about 20 cents. Nowadays the star ferry fee is at 1.70 HKD for lower deck and 2.20 HKD for upper deck.
Star ferry

There are four Star Ferry lines crossing Victoria Harbour, i.e. Central - Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai - Tsim Sha Tsui, Central - Hung Hom, North Point - Hung Hom.

In year 2006, a new land reclamation is ongoing in Central to make way for a four-lane Central-Admiralty road link. This reclamation has forced Star Ferry's Central pier relocation. 12,7 hectares of land would be reclaimed.
Land reclamation
Land reclamation

The government also plans to relocate the bus terminal outside the Star Ferry pier on the Kowloon side to Tsim Sha Tsui East, making way for an amphitheatre at the Star Ferry site in a project to beautify the waterfront.

Star Ferry's former Central pier
The pier, built in 1957, has closed on November 12 2006. The clock faces were dismantled from the now demolished Star Ferry Pier.
Star Ferry's former Central pier

Hundreds queued to buy tickets for the last Star Ferry services from Central pier. Tickets were priced at 88 HKD with the proceeds destined for charities.

The relocation of the Central terminal from Edinburgh Place to a pier adjoining the outlying islands ferry piers took place on November 12. An average of 60 000 passengers travelled with Star Ferry on Saturdays and Sundays before the move.
Star Ferry's new Central pier
Star Ferry's new Central pier

The 10-minute walk from Central to the new pier could lead to a 13 per cent drop in the number of passengers.

Star Ferry's new Central pier
The Star Ferry company hopes to lure more tourists with viewing deck, cafe and restaurants in the new terminal and that it becomes a waterfront attraction,.
Star Ferry's new Central pier
The new pier is also offering a 5000 square-foot exhibition area for public hire.
Star Ferry's new Central pier
Star Ferry's new Central pier

The double-decker open-air ferries carry 53 000 locals and tourists back and forth every day offering an amazing view of the Hong Kong skyline.

Star Ferry's new Central pier
The Edwardian design of the new pier, modeled on the 1912-era pier building, has been criticized as being like something taken from a theme park.
Star Ferry's new Central pier
Hundreds of individuals have called for the pier's preservation, saying the government should respect history and leave this heritage site for future generations. Banners displayed messages such as "Donald Tsang, are you listening?".
Star Ferry's former Central pier
Star Ferry's former Central pier
Star Ferry's former Central pier
Some demonstrators entered the site in an attempt to stop workers from demolishing the pier. They wanted to save the Star Ferry pier and the Queen's pier.
Star Ferry's former Central pier

The conservationists claim that protecting the Star Ferry pier building and the Queen's Pier is about protecting our public space as they are rooted in Hong Kong history.

In 2006 a standoff between police and conservationists happened when many people entered the site to stop construction workers from dismantling the pier.
Star Ferry's former Central pier
Star Ferry's former Central pier

A 2007 survey shown the unpopularity of the demolition of the former Star Ferry pier. Fifty-six per cent disagreed with the government on this issue and only 18 per cent supported it.

Queen's Pier
Queen's Pier was the site of the welcoming and farewell ceremonies for governors, the starting point for harbour cruises and a popular location for wedding snaps. Queen's Pier was scheduled to close about the same time as the Star Ferry Pier but its replacement, Central Pier No9, is still under construction.
Queen's Pier

Queen's Pier is not the first colonial symbol to be wiped out by land reclamation in Central. Blake Pier was demolished in 1993, and the Tamar Basin was reclaimed in the mid-1990s. Queen's Pier was listed as a Grade I historic building in 2007 and shall make way for a highway.

The Hunghom Ferry Pier provides ferry services to Central, Wanchai and North Point.
Star Ferry Hung Hom pier
Star Ferry Hung Hom pier


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