Car ferries return for two days to relive the past

April 14, 2016 14:39
Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) will provide car ferry services on May 14 and 22 to celebrate its 83rd anniversary. Photo: Facebook

Nostalgic Hongkongers have a chance to relive a time when ferries were the only means to get a car across the harbor.

Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) Co. Ltd. will offer sailings on May 14 and 22 to celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the service, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing a Facebook post.

Harbour Cruise -- Bauhinia will operate six ferries on those days, four between North Point and Kwun Tong.

People born in 1933 or March 6 can board free of charge or pay HK$80 for their car.

Adults will be charged HK$100 each and children HK$60. Snacks will be served on board.

Hong Kong Ferry said tickets for vehicle slots are sold out, adding it is planning more sailings to meet demand, pending approval from marine authorities.

Ferries were the only means of getting cars between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon before the first cross-harbor tunnel opened in 1972.

In their time, the car ferries were a Hong Kong icon immortalized in many movies.

Services stopped in 1998, a year after the Western Harbor Crossing, Hong Kong's third cross-harbor tunnel, was completed.

Another Facebook post said the ferry company will also provide car ferry services on May 1, 2 and 8. 


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