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New York, New York
July 5, 2001
For me, the 5 minute ride across the harbour always evokes a feeling of nostalgia. So much has changed in Hong Kong and this is the best way to sit back to observe and digest these changes. There is a token booth to pay your ticket or you can just deposit the coins in one of the old turnstiles. Go up the stairs and follow the crowd to the entrance. If there is no ferry docked, just wait. When you hear a ferry starting to dock, walk over to the gates. There will be a loud whistle and the sailor will open the gates. Beware of people pushing and shoving to be the first to get on the ferry for a good seat!
Locals joke that only tourists take the upper level (called First Class and costs $2.20 HK.) The benches are nicer and you are on the higher second level. I do enjoy the lower level more (called Second Class and costs $1.70.) You can stand on the edge and watch the waves crash underneath you. Plus you also get a nicer view of the city as there are no glass windows in the bow as in First Class.
The sound of the waves crashing alongside the ferry, the coming and goings of ocean liners, fishing boats, barges and yachts in the harbour, the view of the skyscrapers and hills...it gives me a chance to sit back and take it all in. It's a great way to check out the physical changes, to note what was built since my last visit. Hong Kong is always on the go and there is never a dull moment. The ferry ride gives me a moment to look back at the city and admire her strengths and beauty. Day or night, this is a beautiful ride. For the price, you can afford to take this in as many times as you like.
On the Hong Kong side, the pier is right by City Hall. On the Kowloon side, it is by Ocean Center and the big old clock.
From journal Reminiscing Hong Kong
July 1, 2001
The ferry ride to Lamma was a pleasant trip lasting just over a half hour each way. The windows were thick and dirty, sometimes making it difficult to see the passing scenery. But since I made it on board just as the sun was coming up over Hong Kong Island I was treated to a bright warm orange sunrise on the water. My early morning departure also meant, however, that we had to face some choppy water. The ride cost only 10 Hong Kong dollars, just over $1 each way.
From journal China: Hong Kong - Lamma
June 24, 2001
Macau is an unusual cultural blend of Mediterranean and Chinese, with Spanish, Moorish, British and Dutch also contributing. Portugese and Cantonese are both recognized as official languages, but you won’t have any difficulty finding English speakers in tourist-popular areas.
Hong Kong tourist authorities urge travellers to visit Macau for its multi-culture, multi-cuisine atmosphere but, on the day I went, most passengers headed directly to the large downtown casino a few blocks from the dock. Circumstances had forced me to postpone my trip until late June, when it was far too hot for serious walking-around sightseeing. That was unfortunate, because many of the more picturesque neighborhoods lay among the lush hills rising above the harbor. (The territory encompasses approximately 13 square miles, with a population of 437,000.)
Though we were sealed in a glass-enclosed cabin and asked to remain buckled in our seats for much of the trip, the high-speed ferry was still a pleasant way to inspect the then still-under-constrution airport site and the many islands populating the Pearl River estuary.
In summer 2000, Cook’s Timetable listed multiple trips daily, with running times of 55 minutes for the 74-kilometer (45-mile) trip for the equivalent of U.S. $14 round trip. (I’m converting Year 2000 Hong Kong Dollars at the June, 2001 exchange rate, so my price quote may be off. I’d made the trip during an earlier visit to Hong Kong and seem to recall paying substantially more than that.)
The Hong Kong Tourist Authority has several web pages on Macau within its own site: Hong Kong . To get to Macau a little faster, try
Alas, I have so far been unable to pry current ferry fares and schedules out of either address, but otherwise these sites, although a bit flowery in language, are beautifully illustrated and detailed.
The hovercraft terminal for Macau is perhaps two blocks from the Star Ferry, but last summer it took a circuituous walk around a huge construction site. If your stay in Hong Kong is limited, you’ll do better to concentrate your exploring on Kong Kong Island and the nightlife of Kowloon. But if you have five or six hours to spare, the side trip to Macau would be a worthwhile way to spend them.
From journal Hong Kong Highlights --- at a Reasonable Price
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
November 4, 2000
From journal Secrets of Hong Kong
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
October 20, 2000
From journal Hong Kong Highlights