The Star Ferry Pier on Hong Kong Island is where hundreds of locals and visitors alike climb on board ferries connecting Hong Kong Island to Kowloon for an unforgettable journey across one of the world’s most famous harbours. As boats and ferries became a popular mode of cross harbor transport piers became a necessity to handle embarking and disembarking passengers. Several types of piers were built on Hong Kong Island starting from 1890 at various waterfront locations. These piers became known as Star Ferry piers over the years on account of them being used by the city’s famous ferry service. The first pier built in the late 19th century was a simple wooden shack. The second one was a somewhat larger two storied structure topped by a clock tower and was located opposite Ice House Street. The third pier near Edinburgh Place, built in 1957 was in the ‘Moderne’ style of architecture with a more prominent clock tower and was more spacious. This was decommissioned in 2006 and the ferry service now takes off from the latest pier in Hong Kong Island in Man Kwong Street.
Occupying a prime waterfront site the new pier is reminiscent of the 1912 Edwardian architectural style of the second pier. Occupying 600 square meters, the building is topped by a clock tower with chiming bells, albeit electronically controlled, that sound similar to those that passengers became familiar with, of the third pier. The finger piers on the bottom two floors serve as waiting and boarding areas. The naturally lit top floor with lovely waterfront views serve as a viewing deck and also feature up market restaurants and bars. The famous ferry journey across Hong Kong harbour to Kowloon and back identified as one of ‘must have’ travel experiences of a lifetime starts and ends at the Star Ferry Pier.
A corresponding pier, also known as the Star Ferry Pier, commenced operations in 1906 in the Kowloon Peninsula. Reconstructed in 1914 it was replaced in 1957. Plans are afoot to replace this pier keeping in line with the sister pier on Hong Kong Island.
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