Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Star Ferry Kowloon Reviews
Known as one of the world’s best value-for-money sightseeing trips Jan 23, 2012
One of things that always is mentioned as a must do in Hong Kong is to take the Star Ferry between the Kowloon side and the Hong Kong Island side and I must admit it is something that you have to try. The ferry ride is also well known as one of the world’s best value-for-money sightseeing trips and the view from the ferries are magnificent but make sure you get a window seat so you get the most of it before it is over, because the trip is very fast.
Tickets are ridiculously low and the easiest way to pay is using the Octopus Card; otherwise there are payment machines and even a ticket office. The ferries are a must on the water and to me they are a part of the Hong Kong Heritage.
In May 2011 the “Star” Ferry Company, Limited (The “Star” Ferry) was rated first runner-up in the "Top 10 Must-See Destinations in Hong Kong" among 302 attractions in Hong Kong poll by the travellers of the world's largest travel website TripAdvisor.com. The National Geographic Traveler named in 1999 the Star Ferry as one of the "50 Places of a Lifetime"
The Star Ferry traces its origins to 1880 when Dorabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala, a Parsee cook, embarked on a new vocation. He began a ferry service across Victoria Harbour with his steamboat, the Morning Star. The fledgling service was known as the Kowloon Ferry Company.
A local newspaper reported in 1888 that the ferry ran at all hours between Pedders Wharf and Tsimshatsui on a 40-minute to one-hour trip. On Mondays and Fridays, the service halted for the boat’s coaling. By 1890, the Kowloon Ferry boasted four single-deck Star Ferries. Later on, the ferries acquired a second deck.
During the next ten years, businessman Sir Catchick Paul Chater bought all the boats and in May 1898 the Star Ferry Company, as it is known today, became a public company. Its name derives from the ferries, which all bore the name “Star”.
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