2014-11-13 – Hong Kong Star Ferry Crossing Victoria Harbour
Aspect Ratio: 4:1
The Wan Chai to TST ferry ride might be the the lesser of the two traveled routes but I recommend doing it as many times as time permits. It’s a ride one never grows tired of. Regardless of what ferry people are taking people tend to have time to relax and unwind a bit regardless of the fact of on vacation or heading home or to work.
The only limiting factor today in capturing an image is limited thinking of the photographer. Shooting time-lapse change my perspective thinking about cameras. I know look at them from a set of limitations and work backwards. It’s that thinking that allows me to take panoramic images while travelling across Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry. Hong Kong is a very moody city and it’s not unusual to have these very flay monotone skies. The cloud cover is very high but can be a constant cover.
STAR FERRY PROFILE: The Star Ferry has been an active legend of Hong Kong waters from around the time Kowloon was ceded to the British in 1860 even though it was officially created in 1888. It was the first mass transport to move the people between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Today we have alternatives in the form of tunnels for road transport and MTR who moves the masses. The Star Ferry slows down the pace of travel and reconnects one with the city itself. The Star Ferry is not only an asset for those that enjoy the casual pace of trip from either Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) to either Central the most popular choice or Wan Chai. Only the TST terminal is the oldest of the three terminals and has the old world feel. The Central pier was moved in 2006 for reclamation and creation of the new waterfront promenade. The Wan Chai Pier was more recently moved in 2014 to also make room for the expansion of the waterfront promenade that is above new underpass and MTR relief line. Star Ferry used to operate between Hung Hom on the Kowloon side to Central and Wan Chai but due to decreasing ridership especially from Central relocation that route was eliminated. The Hung Hom Old Star Ferry is still there and has been renovated in recent years but sitting vacant.
Star Ferry also offers slower paced harbour tours that can be purchased at the Central and TST terminals. It’s an excellent way of seeing the inner harbour or for those with up to 300 people they can rent one as a charter.
On a personal note seeing the Star Ferry jug between the Island back spewing out black clouds of residue is an important part of Hong Kong’s romance and intrigue. Marine vehicles in Hong Kong are one of the main contributors of air pollution and this issue should be addressed. On the other hand the Star Ferry links the old and new and the harbour and city would not be the same without them operating in Victoria Harbour. With the opening of the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and the water being the quickest access point to the city somehow the Star Ferry needs to be integrated into the transportation solution. People who are travelling to Hong Kong on cruise ship are in town for less than a day so every minute needs to be filled with positive memories. Nothing says Hong Kong more than the taking a ride through Hong Kong on the Star Ferry.
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