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Star Ferry

This option is a great way for visitors and locals alike to get around and is by far the cheapest means to explore the Hong Kong islands. A total of twelve ferries run on four routes around the harbour.

The popular Star Ferry carries an average of 26 million passengers every year. The main route in which the Star Ferry operates includes Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. This transportation is also an important icon of the rich heritage of Hong Kong.

During the ferry trip, you can view the beautiful Hong Kong harbour and skyline. The Star Ferry Company has operated the fleet of ferries since 1888 when the company was found by a Parsee merchant Dorabjee Nowrojee. Later, the company was sold to Hong Kong and Kowloon Wharf . The ferry trips were adopted as a means of public transport and have become popular among tourists.

The twin-pier terminal that is on the harbour today was constructed in 1950. This dock handles over 55 million passenger trips per year. Passengers initially paid in Canton currency, then Hong Kong dollars since 1912. Steam engines were in use until 1933, after which the first electric ferry was built - known as the Electric Star.

The Star Ferry was made famous around the world after the release of the movie, ‘The World of Suzie Wong' in 1960. Each of the ferries is named after stars depending on the time of tour. Being public transport the fares are very reasonable, each being determined by the length of tour you're taking. A tourist cruise takes visitors to all the shops, travelling a circular route. Passengers are allowed to take bicycles on the Tsim Sha Tsui – Wanchai route, however bikes are not allowed on the central route.


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