Hong Kong Star Ferry

Hong Kong Star Ferry

I have a lot of photos. That is putting it mildly. I’ve taken tens of thousands of photos since my dad first handed me a camera when I was 8 years old. For the rest of the summer, and maybe beyond, I’m going to dive into my archives and rediscover a few fun adventures I’ve taken over the years with and without my family. Just a little something to add some oomph to your Friday as you head into the weekend.

Views don’t get much better than when you are riding on the Star Ferry in Victoria Harbour, the main body of water between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. You are at the perfect angle to get a shot of the   iconic Hong Kong skyline and rub elbows with a few locals, but a whole lot more visitors.

Back in 2010 Mike, Dek and I were in Hong Kong for a few days before heading into mainland China so I could work on a project. Everyone told us to hop on a ferry, even if it was just a round trip. It was THE thing to do with kids.

As far as attractions go the price and convienence could not be beat. Even during peak riding times it didn’t cost us more than US$0.44 (HK$3.40) each way. This was a bargain for those of us coming from Seattle where a bus ride costs at least US$2.50.

I’m not sure how exciting it was for a one year old, but Dek sure did enjoy being on the boat and looking out the window.

Of course Mike and I hadn’t researched what to do once we got onto Hong Kong Island. We just knew to take the ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central Star Ferry Pier. We spent a lot of time just wandering around and not really seeing much. Thankfully I learned from that mistake the next time Dek and I headed to Hong Kong for another week of work on a project.

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8 comments

  1. While the views are great on the ferry it’s often hard to capture nicely due to the haze. Yours are great!

    Most of the good kids stuff is on the Kowloon side including one of the best science museums around. The peak tram in Central is kid friendly but crowded.

    • I stayed on the Kowloon side in TST both trips and loved it. We were always within walking distance of Kowloon Park. It was perfect for a 14 and 20 month old Dek. Did not hit the science museum though. WIll have to do that next time!

  2. My kids really enjoyed Kowloon Park, too. When we road the Star Ferry, my husband remenisced about riding it when he was 12-years-old, the same age as our oldest boy is now. He said it pretty much looks the same. Maybe someday Dek will be riding it with his own baby.

    • I really do hope Dek will keep traveling when he has his own family, although it is so hard to think of my little boy having his own babies. Won’t ge stay 3 forever? :-)

  3. Wow, you’ve taken Dek to Hong Kong twice? You’re so brave taking him to such exotic and far away destinations!

  4. Wow the photos look. You really have an eye for photography. Are there a lot of places to visit there in china?

  5. What a lovely set of photos. Brings back some memories of my own trip to HK. Love the fog, you managed to capture it beautifully.

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