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.