Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier (1904), The Five Flagpoles & Central Star Ferry Pier (1958)

1904, Streetscapes, Landscapes & Infrastructural Facilities 街貌、景觀及基礎建設

Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui & Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong

Star Ferries have been carrying passengers to and from Tsim Sha Tsui and Central since 1870s. The current Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, the Five Flag-posts and the old Central Star Ferry Pier (the 3rd generation) was built in the late 1950s. Two piers shared the same style – both were simple concrete structures with horizontal stripes painted in alternating green and white. Both piers had large windows capturing the scenery of Victoria Habour, enchanting passengers who were waiting for the next ride. If buildings had its own scent and sound, star ferry piers must have the most unique ones in the city – smell of sea breeze and rust mixed with the engine sound of ferries, sound of the bell from the Clock Tower perfectly blended with the sound of footsteps on gangways. This is the truthful record of the hustle and bustle of our city, Hong Kong.


文及攝影: 吳啟聰 (香港註冊建築師)