Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Nostalgic for the Good Ol' Days
The last time I was in Hong Kong, people were protesting the shutting down of the Central Star Ferry terminal and moving it further down the street near IFC or International Finance Centre.
The locals were mourning the loss of a Hong Kong institution that was in a fantastic location, right by the Hong Kong Post Office and near the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Central.
So this time when I took the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui, I had to walk another 10 minutes to the ferry piers where you can take other boats to the outlying islands as well as the Star Ferry.
The ferry terminal is new but is trying to look colonial style which is quite odd. There are flashy store signs jarring with the old clock tower and the old ferries themselves. And to get to the upper deck of the ferry, you have to climb several flights of stairs from street level which is a bit annoying.
If I had known, I would have taken the sky bridge which is connected to the Hong Kong Post Office and taken me directly to the ferry terminal.
Oh well. Live and learn.
But I do miss that old ferry terminal.
And I'm sure millions of others do too.