Locals see new side of their city

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2003, 12:00am

Fears the Sars outbreak and subsequent low numbers of tourists might dampen business on the opening day of Star Ferry's Harbour Tour were laid to rest as local residents took up the mantle.

There were a total of 50 visitors for the three journeys, mostly locals, with many promising to come back at night.

Leung Ka-kin, an office clerk, 18, said: 'I like Hong Kong transportation and Hong Kong very much so I thought I would come and try it out. I think it is a good tourist attraction because it is traditional.

'I think the night tour would be better though because the lights in Hong Kong are beautiful and it would be interesting for tourists.'

Tam Kok-fai, 58, who is unemployed, decided to try out the tour after seeing it advertised in newspapers.

'I think $30 is a bit expensive though, as it just goes around in a circle and there aren't too many activities,' he said.

'I don't think it will be too popular with the residents as we have all seen it before. Tourists might like it though'.

Lau Sau-kuen, a 48-year-old clerk, was intrigued as to what the ferry would look like. 'I came to see what it looked like before but now I think I will try it again at night to see the contrasting view,' he said.

Merchant Sin Yeung-pak, 42, said: 'I only ever take the ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central, so I never get a full view of the harbour, which is a good tourist attraction because it is so beautiful.'

He added: 'I think $30 is very cheap for a relaxing hour. Next time I will take the night tour.'