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The Star Ferry Piers
 

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Just like the ferry service across the water has been carried out by several generations of ferries, - the ferry piers have over the years also been replaced by new structures.
At present the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier is the 3rd. generation, - and the Central Ferry Pier is of 4th. generation, replacing the 3rd. generation structure in 2006.

The 3rd. generation piers were commissioned in the early fifties and were finished in 1957.  They replaced the old single pier structures with double piers, and had two levels, - the upper one reserved 1st. class passengers.  The piers were quite similar in design on both sides of the water, but the terminal on the Central side was equipped with a wonderful clock tower, while the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier had none.

For history lovers disaster struck, when the 3rd. generation Central Pier was torn down in 2006, - clock tower and everything -, and replaced with the present 3 level structure.  The area where the old ferry pier was constructed had to be developed, by reclaiming new land.  The new 4th. generation pier was therefore moved away from the original site, - and where the old pier once stood, is now dry land.

The new Central Pier structure is also equipped with a clock tower, and it looks like it has been inspired by the 2nd. generation pier. Both pier arms are also built in old Victorian style, but somehow it is too easy to see that it is all fake, and the natural charm that the 3rd. generation pier possessed is totally gone. Furthermore, - it does not really suit the old ferries. No wonder that there was quite a number of protests in Hong Kong when the old pier was torn down, but new visitors to Hong Kong will of course not notice, that something is terribly wrong.

I will submit some pictures of the piers of the World's most famous ferry line below, starting with the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier.
 


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The Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier.

3rd. generation, finished in 1957
 


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Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


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Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, 2012
"Night Star" approaching, - unknown Star Ferry departing.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


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Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, 2012
"Night Star" alongside and unknown Star Ferry approaching.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


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Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, 2012
"Morning Star" approaching, - and in the background "Shining Star"
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 


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Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, 2012
Star Ferry "Solar Star" alongside.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, 2012
Star Ferry "Solar Star" alongside.
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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Central Ferry Pier

3rd. generation, 1957 - 2006

Note: I have lots of old photos of the 3rd. generation Central Pier, but not ready at the moments.  Will submit pictures later.
 
 

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Central Ferry Pier

4th. generation, 2006 -
 


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Central Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


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Central Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Central Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Central Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Central Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


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Central Pier, 2012
(Photography © Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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