Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is one of the oldest icons of Hong Kong, carrying passengers and tourist across Victoria Harbor for over 120 years. In fact, back in the old days, it was the sole form of transport between Kowloon and Hong Kong. It wasn’t until 1978 that the Cross-Harbor Tunnel was opened, providing a shorter route.

Even after the two sides of Victoria Harbor got connected by a state of the art system of roads and rails, the humble Star Ferry continued to be beloved among both locals and visitors. Travellers board the distinctive green and white vessels in the tens of millions every year. Some choose it because of the cheaper charges while for others, the rare opportunity to get an up-close view of one of the most photographed harbours in the world.

One thing that hasn’t changed after a century, however, is that the Star Ferries is a highly dependable and effective form of transport. And, according to National Geographic, the Star Ferry cruise is one of “50 places of a lifetime.”

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History Of Victoria Harbor

Originally referred to as “Hong Kong Harbor,” the harbour’s name changed only after China lost to Great Britain in the first and second Opium Wars. Hong Kong became a colony of Britain in The Treaty of Nanking, which stipulated that the territory was part of the British Empire. The new name was picked in honour of the British Queen Victoria. Its strategic location close to Canton and along the major shipping routes to Japan and Singapore played a significant role in Hong Kong’s developments all the while.

Since then, reclamation projects have transformed the looks of the harbour into a top tourist attraction in Hong Kong. Today, you haven’t been to Hong Kong if you haven’t seen it from Victoria Harbor! It is where you go to enjoy breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s modern skyline, dotted with some of the tallest buildings in the world such as the International Commerce Centre, Two International Finance Centre, the Bank of China, and HSBC Building.

Star Ferry Cruises and Tickets

There are about twelve of these unmistakable ferries painted in green and white colours, and you can count on one leaving every 12 minutes or so.

If you wish to enjoy looking at Victoria Harbor from the ferries, however, we recommend you go for the Star Ferry’s Harbor Tour which takes about an hour.

The tour follows a circular route that goes through Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, and Wan Chai. This is the best option for those who wish to see all the famous harborside attractions of Hong Kong. Here are some of the options you can take:

Single Ride Day Trip

The single-ride night round trip ticket holders get to enjoy one circular ride for an hour and of course, the departure time is during the night. This ticket comes with a refreshment coupon as well.

Single Ride Night Trip

The single-ride night round trip ticket holders get to enjoy one circular ride for an hour and of course, the departure time is during the night. This ticket comes with a refreshment coupon as well.

Symphony of Lights Harbor Cruise

Now, this is the climax. The ticket is meant for those who would like to watch the Hong Kong’s infamous multi-media laser show from the waters of Victoria Harbor. At 8:00 PM., the city hosts the spectacular symphony of lights, which is the largest permanent display of light and sound according to Guinness World Records! And, the Star Ferry cruise is the best way to experience it.

The tour begins at Tsim Sha Tsui Pier at 7:25 PM. and only costs HK$ 215 (0.13 US Dollar) for adults and the concessionary fare is HK$ 194. Concessionary rates are applicable to children between aged 3-12 years, adults 65 years old and above, individuals with disabilities and group purchases of over 9 people. Considering this is the most expensive Star Ferry Tour ticket, their rates are pretty affordable!

The ticket counters open from 10:20 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. at Tsim Sha Tsui, 11:45 a.m. – 8:05 p.m. at Central Pier No. 7, from 12: p.m. to 3:20 p.m. at Wanchai Pier. You get the latest ticket prices and online purchasing details at the Star Ferry website.

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Other Places to Go For a Good Time around Victoria Harbor

So you have finished the 1-hour cruise. What next? Go back to your hotel? We’d rather not. For as long as you have some extra time, be sure to check out these other attractions around Victoria Harbor.

Avenue of Stars

Another great way to enjoy the pleasures that Victoria Harbor has to offer is walking down the star avenue. The 440 meter-long walk is located next to the harbour and gives you a chance to learn more about Hong Kong’s movie industry film industry. Remember Hong Kong is to China what Hollywood is to the US.

Chinese actors such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Zhang Ziyi started their careers here. The street is lined with numerous celebrity handprints, statues of film industry stars (including a life-sized statue of Bruce Lee), Chinese movie themed shops, descriptive milestones, and restaurants. What’s more, the symphony of lights can also be viewed from the Avenue of Stars.

Hong Kong Cultural Centre

The city’s biggest multipurpose performance facility, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, is where the best operas, drama shows, dance, musical performances, and concerts take place. There is a large hall that can accommodate a little over 2,000 people, and the grand theatre has over 1,700 seats. And it doesn’t end at that; there are four foyer exhibition areas, a studio theatre, an exhibition gallery, and eleven practice and rehearsal rooms!

For Dining, Shang Palace

This luxurious restaurant is in the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel. It is a nice place to go for a two-Michelin-star experience. The menus are innovative, food exquisite, and experiences worth remembering.

For Drinks, Aqua

Enjoy fantastic cocktails in a calming but lively atmosphere at Aqua, as you relax after a long day. Its location on the 30th floor also ensures a beautiful view of the harbour and Hong Kong’s skyline.

Knutsford Terrace

Go to this street in Tsim Sha Tsui any time at night and you’ll certainly find a club, bar, pub, or a nice restaurant to pass time. Most places here open until 6:00 a.m., so you never have to worry about ending your night too early.

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