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You can’t say you’ve 'done' Hong Kong until you've taken a ride on a Star Ferry, that wonderful fleet of electric-diesel vessels with names like Morning Star, Celestial Star and Twinkling Star. Try to take your first trip on a clear night from Kowloon to Central. It's not half as dramatic in the opposite direction.

At any time of the day, the journey, with its riveting views of skyscrapers and jungle-clad hills, must be one of the world’s best-value cruises. At the end of the 10-minute journey, a hemp rope is cast from the back of the boat and caught with a billhook, the way it was in 1888 when the first boat docked.

The cheapest fares are only available on the lower deck, but the views are a little better and there are less fumes on the top deck; it's more expensive to ride on weekends and public holidays.

Want more? Star Ferry also runs a 60-minute Harbour Tour (HK$105 to HK$215) with pickups at Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Wan Chai. Get tickets at the piers.