Monday, November 20, 2006

goodbye star ferry pier

Today I took the Star Ferry from the new pier in Central, and felt compelled to document the experience. Thankfully I just happened to have my camera with me.

Before I go into detail about my feelings on the new pier, here's a picture of the old one. You can see from the picture that it's almost completely land-locked now, and soon the water in the foreground will be newly reclaimed land. I saw a CNN article recently that discussed the upcoming demolition of the old pier along with it's 50-something-year-old clocktower... except they included a photo of the wrong clocktower! If you click on the link, you'll notice that they have a picture of the old railway clocktower that's near the TST pier, and thankfully, this clocktower will not be demolished. I thought this was a pretty major mistake for CNN to make, and actually sent them a comment about it... but it looks like they have yet to correct the error.

The new Star Ferry pier. I think it's pretty garish.
It reminds me of a few buildings that I've seen in China... a brand-new "colonial style" building that just doesn't look quite right.

Another view of the new pier, taken as I was getting on the boat.

The Tsim Sha Tsui pier, with a view of the clocktower that, contrary to CNN, will not be torn down.
I'm getting tired of all the reclamation. I think it's about time I joined Friends of the Harbour.


Anonymous said...

you're right...looks kinda like a building in a bad theme park. and i reckon someone up there got lots of money selling the harbour...which they didn't really own in the first place! so sad. but if they filled it ALL in... then people can stop saying its inconvenient to go across to the island as it'd all be joined together! what a plan.

Anonymous said...

It's almost Thanskgiving...I'm planning to write my novella of a letter then. :)

Miss ya!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is JYA, FYI.


michelle said...

i knew who you were without the help of your initials, anonymous. :)

michelle said...

and looking forward to your letter!