The Star Ferry has a history of more than 100 years. As both a vehicle and a tourist attraction it is a symbol of Hong Kong. The Star Ferry Company came into existence in 1898 and since then its ferries have been shuttling busily between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The company owns 12 double-deck ferries and the cabin on the upper deck is equipped with air conditioning and the lower one is not. The names of all the ferries start with the word 'star', such as Morning Star, Night Star, Gold Star, and Heaven Star, etc.
A crossing of Victoria Harbour on a Star Ferry has been named by the National Geographic of Traveler as one of the "fifty places of a lifetime". Yes, there are other faster and more efficient ways to cross the harbor (road tunnel and MTR). A very memorable experience is created by the amazing view and ocean breeze while riding the Star Ferry. Every tourist should do it at least once while in Hong Kong.
For visitors, it is an exceptionally convenient way to get around, the beautiful double-deckers offer one of the world's most spectacular views, and all of this is very affordable. It costs just $2.28 each way for an upper-deck seat. It is not the only way to cross the harbor as there are many other faster and more efficient ways, but the only way to experience the amazing view and ocean breeze are by riding the ferry. Every tourist should go for it for a memorable trip to Hong Kong.
One of the key highlights of riding a Star Ferry is that you can see the amazing light show called “A Symphony of Lights”. It is a show of dancing lights and music coming from buildings and skyscrapers. At night you will get a close look of the light show on the ferry and a unique boating experience. You can catch the glimpse of the ferries passing nearby and the wide coastline of Hong Kong.
The locals suggest riding the ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui because there is not much to see facing the Kowloon side if you begin the trip from Central or Wanchai. The Star Ferry fleet consists of around twelve distinct green and white vessels in operation with some dating from the 1950's and 1960's. They go by the names like "Shining Star" and "Celestial Star". The Star Ferries traverse the waters of Victoria Harbour every day, you can count them within a regular interval of every 10-12 minutes.