Close To Hotels In Tsim Sha Tsui & Central, HK’s Star Ferry Is A Must Tourist-See

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Published: 06th February 2017
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The iconic Star Ferry boats that ply Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island are both a key element of the city's commuter system and a top tourist attraction. An attraction that's easy to enjoy too, with the Star Ferry piers close to a number of hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui and Central.

The Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier in Kowloon can be reached on foot from the Tsim Sha Tsui station of the MTR (Mass Transit Railway), while it's also within walking distance of various Kowloon luxury hotels and Tsim Sha Tsui hotels including some of the finest lifestyle and boutique hotels Hong Kong offers.

These ultra hip, lifestyle-oriented Tsim Sha Tsui hotels have helped create the stylish new edge this vibrant and bustling area now enjoys. Residence G Hong Kong (by Hotel G) is a good example. Located a short walk from the MTR, this 43 guestroom property offers guests a cutting edge, in-vogue style hotel experience where even the different guestroom categories are given the chic names of Good, Greater and Greatest.

Among the leading Kowloon luxury hotels are renowned properties like Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, The Peninsula Hong Kong and Hyatt Regency Hong Kong.

Across the harbour on Hong Kong Island, the Central Star Ferry Pier is also within a walk of Hong Kong luxury hotels in the Central area. For those travelling on the MTR, it can be reached on foot from Hong Kong or Central stations.

Wan Chai Star Ferry Pier is not far away along the harbour side, with those travelling by MTR able to walk to this pier from Wan Chai station.

The Star Ferry traces its origins to 1880, when a Parsee cook by the name of Dorabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala embarked on a new vocation. He began a ferry service across Victoria Harbour with his steamboat the Morning Star, a fledgling service known as the Kowloon Ferry Company. By 1890, the Kowloon Ferry boasted four single-deck Star Ferries and, later on, the ferries acquired a second deck.

During the next ten years, businessman Sir Catchick Paul Chater bought all the boats and in May 1898 the Star Ferry Company, as it is known today, became a public company. Its name is derived from the ferries, which all bore the name Star.

Today, the two sides of Victoria Harbour may be connected through a modern, world-class infrastructure system of road and rail tunnels, but tens of millions of people still take the iconic Star Ferry vessels each year. Locals have maintained their affection for the Star Ferry service, as it's still a highly reliable and efficient form of transport.

The Star Ferry is also a major tourist attraction and considered to be among the world's best value-for-money sightseeing trips, with visitors taking a ride for a breathtaking look at the famous Victoria Harbour and dramatic Hong Kong skyline.

In addition to the regular Star Ferry services, a harbour tour provides the chance to take in panoramic views while sipping on a coffee in an air-conditioned, on-vessel café, or from the open deck amid cooling sea breezes.

The National Geographic Traveler named the ferry crossing as one of 50 places of a lifetime.
Earlier this year the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier and Central Star Ferry Pier were included among the 10 most ‘Liked' architectural pieces in the city voted on by the public in "My 10 Most 'Liked' Hong Kong Architecture of the Century" campaign.

US website Global Post in April 2014 honourably included the Star Ferry's harbour crossings in its "31 reasons we should all be living in Hong Kong", commenting that it was still the most picturesque way to commute across Victoria Harbour.

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