Tag: Hong Kong

The Hong Kong MTR

I first went to Hong Kong in 2008, and was really pleasantly surprised by the MTR. It was quick, cheap, reliable and convenient, and I really enjoyed the experience. In 2010 I returned to Hong Kong and once again used the facility, as well as the cable drawn Peak Tram and of course the electric trams that run on the island. Although the Star Ferry was the one I enjoyed the most. This page is all about the MTR, Peak Tram and Electric Trams in Hong Kong. Unfortunately they are not always easy to photograph, but these are a mix of some of the images I took.

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

Electric Trams

Electric Trams

Electric Trams

Electric Trams

Electric Trams

Electric Trams

Electric Trams

Electric Trams

Electric Trams

Electric Trams

Electric Trams

Electric Trams

© DRW 2008-2018. Added 09/08/2014

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:34

The Cenotaph on Central. Hong Kong

This cenotaph stands on a square in what is known as Central (Hong Kong Island) and was photographed in March 2008. I visited the SAI WAN War Cemetery in 2010 where many of those involved in the Battle for Hong Kong are buried, and this ties in with this cenotaph.
The local museum has a very interesting display relating to the occupation of the islands and surrounding mainland by the Japanese.

The grave of an Unknown Soldier in Sai Wan War Cemetery

The grave of an Unknown Soldier in Sai Wan War Cemetery

© DRW 2008-2018. Created 30/03/2008. Moved to blog 04/03/2014

Updated: 06/01/2018 — 15:03

The Star Ferry Page (2)

Continuing with the Star Ferry Page

 
1179The vessels are double ended with a wheelhouse on either end and a central engine room with an open lower deck (cheaper) and an enclosed upper (more expensive).
 
The debate is out though as to whether the upper deck is better than the lower.
From a price perspective the lower is more affordable, while from a view point perspective the upper is. But, the lower deck is so much nicer because you are so close to the water.
 
 
Rough dimensions are: Length Overall 36.28m,  Extreme Breadth 8.57m, Net tonnage: 39.69, Gross Tonnage 164.01, Passenger capacity 551, Minimum crew 5. They were all built at Hong Kong & Whampoa Shipyards. Golden Star and World Star were built in 1989 by Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding Ltd and can carry 762 as opposed to 576 for the rest of the fleet.
 
Mooring position

Mooring position

 

Lower Deck

Lower Deck

Upper Deck

Upper Deck

Steering position

Steering position

Northern Star builders plate

Northern Star builders plate

Navigation light and life presevers

Navigation light and life presevers

Tsim Sha Tsui Terminal

Tsim Sha Tsui Terminal

Central Ferry Termnal

Central Ferry Termnal

Tsim Sha Tsui Terminal

Tsim Sha Tsui Terminal

© DRW. 2008-2018 This page originally created in March 2008 and updated 15 April 2010. Moved to blog 21/12/2013

Updated: 05/01/2018 — 07:52

The Star Ferry Page (1)

Star Ferries at Kowloon and Central Hong Kong

No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a trip on the Star Ferries. These familiar cream and green ferries have been ploughing the waters of Hong Kong for over 110 years and are an institution. I have been fortunate enough to take at least 8 trips between Kowloon and Central and each time is like a mini-adventure.
There appear to be 12 ferries in service and I have managed to photograph 11 of these during the 2 trips I have made to Hong Kong.  Shining Star does the harbour cruises for Star Ferries and her look is very different from the rest, she is a reproduction of the earlier ferries that used to ply these waters. The rest of the ferries were built between 1956 and 1989 in Hong Kong. There is also a ferry for hire called “Golden Star” which could be the mystery Louis Vuitton branded ferry I saw in 2008.
The vessels are double ended with a wheelhouse on either end and a central engine room with an open lower deck and an enclosed upper. Rough dimensions are: Length Overall 36.28m,  Extreme Breadth 8.57m, Net tonnage: 39.69, Gross Tonnage 164.01, Passenger capacity 551, Minimum crew 5. They were all built at Hong Kong & Whampoa Shipyards. Golden Star and World Star were built in 1989 by Wang Tak Engineering & Shipbuilding Ltd and can carry 762 as opposed to 576 for the rest of the fleet.
 
 
Meridian Star (1958)

Meridian Star (1958)

Celestial Star (1956)

Celestial Star (1956)

Twinkling Star (1964)

Twinkling Star (1964)

Day Star (1964)

Day Star (1964)

Solar Star (1958)

Solar Star (1958)

Shining Star (1964)

Shining Star (1964)

Northern Star (1959)

Northern Star (1959)

World Star (1989)

World Star (1989)

Silver Star (1965)

Silver Star (1965)

Morning Star (1965)

Morning Star (1965)

Golden Star (1989)

Golden Star (1989)

© DRW. 2008-2018 This page originally created in March 2008 and updated 15 April 2010. Moved to blog 21/12/2013

Updated: 05/01/2018 — 07:52
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