Star Ferry , Hong Kong

Hong Kong ( Fragrant Harbour ) is a former British colony now officially know as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China after the British handed over Hong Kong to the Chinese government in 1997 after 156 years of British colonial governance. It was the last Crown Colony of the United Kingdom marking the end of the British Empire.

Star Ferry , Hong Kong

My introduction to Hong Kong was the “Made in Hong Kong” toys back in the 60s and the first glimpse of Hong Kong in movies were in the movie “The World of Suzie Wong” starring Nancy Kwan and William Holden and also not forgetting the Bruce Lee martial arts movies plus Chinese dramas back in the early 90s which starred Chow Yuen Fatt and Dodo Cheng. This was my second visit to Hong Kong as the first was a night transit on my way to Seoul back in 1983.

Ferry from Macau to Hong Kong.
It was a smooth morning Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau and it landed on time. After the smooth Immigration and Customs check I walked to the Macau – Hong Kong Island temporary ferry terminal which was only 300 metres away.  I bought the ticket and boarded the ferry which took me just over an hour to reach the Hong Kong Island ferry terminal.
Taken from the tram.
On the tram.
On the tram.
Tram behind my tram.
Filipino maids congregation.
On arrival at the Hong Kong Island ferry terminal I had lunch at the nearby McDonalds and also  bought myself an Octopus card which I could use for my transportation payments in Hong Kong. On exiting the ferry terminal I noticed that there were trams along the area and just got on one.  I did not know where the tram was heading but I just took the chance. On the tram, which I later learned,  it was heading to the Wan Chai district and along the journey I noticed that there were a lot of Filipino maids who congregate on Sundays at specially gazetted areas along the way. Time for them to chill out and relax I guess …….
Wan Chai District, Hong Kong.
Wan Chai District, Hong Kong.
Wan Chai District, Hong Kong.
Wan Chai District, Hong Kong.
Wan Chai District, Hong Kong.
Wan Chai District, Hong Kong.
Wan Chai District, Hong Kong.
Money changer @ Wan Chai District, Hong Kong.
Tea House @ Wan Chai District, Hong Kong.
Wan Chai.
Pawn shop @ Wan Chai.
Restaurant @ Wan Chai District, Hong Kong.
I disembarked from the tram and started walking around the Wan Chai area which was once the ‘red light’ area of Hong Kong. The famous novel and many scenes from the film ‘The World of Suzie Wong’ was shot in this area. Well,  I was there during daylight hours. Wan Chai hosts shops varying from designer clothes, fast food joints, tea houses, pawn shops, old styled laundries, pet shops, massage parlours, pubs and nightclubs. The myriad of buildings are mixed, with modern skyscrapers to the colourful 50s styled apartment and office buildings. What surprised me is the never ending stream of people from various ethnic backgrounds plus the congregation of thousands of Filipino maids enjoying the Sunday off.
Peaceful demonstration @ Chater Square.
Peaceful demonstration @ Chater Square.
Statue of Sir Thomas Jackson @ Statue Square 
3rd Chief Manager HSBC.
Statue Square on a Sunday.
Landmark Building, Central, Hong Kong .

Landmark Building, Central, Hong Kong.

Landmark Buildin , Central, Hong Kong.

Landmark Building, Central,  Hong Kong.

Landmark Building, Central, Hong Kong.
Landmark Building, Central, Hong Kong .

Landmark Building, Central, Hong Kong.

Landmark Building, Central, Hong Kong.
Feeling humid and sweaty I decided to check in to my hotel which was in the Kowloon (Mainland) side of Hong Kong. I boarded a tram that would take me to the Central MRT station where I would take the MRT train to the Tsim Sha Tsui district where my hotel is located. On the way back I noticed that there was a peaceful demonstration at Chater Garden and being inquisitive I disembarked there. It was just a demonstration on human rights and later on I strolled down to Statue Square where hundreds of Filipino maids were having their Sunday off. This square used to house effigies of British royalties but during the Japanese occupation the statues were removed and now at the square stands a statue of a chief manager of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. In the vicinity of the Statue Square is the Landmark building where one could find top affluent designer shops and top class restaurants and bars. The Central MRT station is located underneath the Landmark building where I took a train to my hotel at the  Tsim Sha Tsui district in the Kowloon area.
My hotel room.

Kowloon Mosque, Tsim Sha Tsui district.

Tsim Sha Tsui district, Hong Kong.
The Peninsular Hotel, Kowloon 

Hong Kong Island
Star Ferry 
The Clock Tower 
Star Ferry Jetty, Kowloon,  Hong Kong.

Star Ferry Jetty, Kowloon,  Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Island from the Star Ferry
Hong Kong Island from the Star ferry.

Hong Kong Island from the Star ferry.

On board the Star ferry,  Hong Kong.

On board the Star ferry, Hong Kong.

On board the Star ferry, Hong Kong.

Star ferry Hong Kong Island Terminal.
Disembarking @ Star Ferry Hong Kong Island Terminal
Checked into my hotel which was on the 3rd floor of a commercial building, refreshed myself and took a short nap which went into the late afternoon . Woke up and after a change of fresh clothes, I was ready for a stroll along the Kowloon pier front. As I exited the lobby of the building I noticed that it was raining but I continued walking towards the Star Ferry terminal which was located nearby passing The Peninsular Hotel which is touted as the ‘Grand Old Dame of Hong Kong’ where it is on  par with the Savoy Hotel of London. Along the way, I stopped at the Hong Kong Musuem of Space for a few minutes.  In the vicinity is also the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Boarded the Star ferry for a short ride to Hong Kong island. I enjoyed the ride on the Star ferry as I could view the Hong Kong island skyline with the lights on the buildings that were just lighting up for the night . While having drinks at the Hong Kong island terminal I bumped into a group of Malaysian tourists who invited me to join them for a trip to the Peak to observe Hong Kong at night but I declined as I had planned to visit the Peak the next morning. I regretted that decision though.  After finishing my drink I returned to Kowloon by the Star ferry again and enjoyed the sights of the colourful skyline of Hong Kong island as most of the buildings were lighted by then.
Bus Station @ Star Ferry Terminal Kowloon.

Near Star ferry terminal, Kowloon.
Hong Kong Island @ Dusk

Hong Kong Island @ Dusk

Hong Kong Island @ Dusk
Hong Kong Island @ Dusk
Tsim Sha Tsui district, Hong Kong @ night.
Arrived back at Kowloon, strolled along the ferry pier and snapped a few pictures along the way back to the hotel. Alhamdulilah (Praise be to Allah) I enjoyed my day and I look forward for tomorrow’s visit to the Peak which is on the agenda… In shaa Allah ( God Willing).
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