Review of "Star Ferry, Hong Kong"

published 06/10/2013 | anwar
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"The star of Hong Kong."

Star Ferry, Hong Kong

Star Ferry, Hong Kong

This summer we travelled to Australia. I really didn’t relish the long flight and when the travel agent suggested a stop over in Hong Kong for little extra cost I jumped at the idea. We had 2 nights and 3 days in Hong Kong and so choosing what to see was difficult within the timeframe. One of the best ways to experience the iconic skyline is to travel on the Star ferry across Victoria harbour. The Star ferry is listed by National Geographic as one of the top 50 places to experience in the world.

The star ferry has been operating since 1880 and now has 9 ferries making the regular journey from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. We had booked to stay on Hong Kong Island and so needed to make the journey by bus to central. From here it is a short, well signposted walk to the ferry terminal.

Once inside the terminal you will need to buy your tokens from the machine. Hong Kong has a really efficient and inexpensive travel system and at just HK $2.20 (20p) for an adult single and HK $ 1.30 for a child (aged 3-12). Once you have purchased your tokens you will need to make your way through the turnstile. If you have purchased a child token an alarm will sound so the attendant can check it really is for a child! It really is all very efficient. There are also concessions available for Hong Kong students, the elderly and anyone with proof of a disability.

The ferries are very frequent departing approximately every 10 minutes from 6.30 am until 11.30pm. The later ferries are a bit less frequent, so check the timetable in the ferry terminal. There are 2 routes available- from Hong Kong Island to Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon) and from Hong Kong to Wanchai. Wanchai is a busy commercial area withy some reasonably priced hotels. It is worth knowing that if you choose to stay here there is a ferry terminal nearby!

Once you have passed through the turnstile you will need to wait to board. There is a small seating area with toilets available. When it is time to board the barrier is opened and it is a short walk down a ramp to the ferry. The ramp is wheel chair friendly and I did see the staff helping someone with mobility problems to board.

There are 2 decks on most of the ferries and I recommend you opt for the upper deck to get the best views. Remember to take your camera as the Hong Kong skyline is breathtaking, especially at night when the light show begins! Seating is basic although plentiful. The journey lasts about 10 minutes and over 70,000 passengers make the trip across the harbour every day! This really is a very cheap way to see the sights!

We travelled to Tsim Sha Tsui as this is the most convenient location for many of the attractions we wanted to experience such as the Hong Kong museum of history. From Tsim Sha Tsui it is well worth walking along the avenue of stars where you get wonderful views back to Hong Kong Islands skyline. There are also numerous hand prints of famous Chinese actors and a bronze statue of Bruce Lee. It can be very hot and it is recommended you carry sunscreen and wear a hat to protect yourself. It can also be very crowded and many of the Chinese carry umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun; dodging the sea of umbrellas can make for a stressful walk!

Once in Kowloon there are many good places to eat. I recommend a visit to the large mall just next to the ferry terminal. There is a first class Peking duck restaurant here (booking essential).


Although it is possible to travel between the Island by road or train, the Star ferry really is an amazing way to experience Hong Kong and a trip not to be missed!


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  • danielclark691 published 25/02/2015
    well reviewed
  • Deesrev published 15/01/2014
    Smashing review xXx
  • Coloneljohn published 10/10/2013
    Nice to see that they are still going strong. John
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City: Hong Kong

Type: Attraction

Country: China

Continent: Asia

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