Opened in 1972, the Cross Harbour Tunnel allowed the first road to run between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Prior to that all traffic to and from the main financial centre of Hong Kong had to go by ferry. On my way back from the Hong Kong Museum of History [averagetraveller.com] I headed towards the Hung Hom MTR station which included an elevated walkway providing a unique view of the Kowloon tunnel entrance.
I like how you can just see Hong Kong Island above the tunnel sign, and that from this angle the buildings look as tall as the mountains. I also took another shot that included one of the raised toll signs.
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Nice pictures 🙂
I didn’t know there was a tunnel between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. We really enjoyed taking the Star Ferry across. Is that still operating?
Yup, the Star Ferry still runs. The tunnels are mostly used by cabs, busses, and local drivers. I think most people get across via the subway, but some locals still take the ferries.
I never knew about that tunnel, but I have taken the ferry before 🙂 I agree, love the pic with Hong Kong above the tunnel sign.
There are actually 3 tunnels, but the Cross Harbour tunnel is the oldest and busiest.
I didn’t know there was a tunnel either. I tool that dumb ferry. (kidding!)
This reminds me of tunnels from New Jersey to NYC.
I’ve driven at least one of the NY-NJ tunnels but I made the drive at night so I didn’t catch the view. I’ll be sure to look for that if I get back to New Jersey!
I agree with Debbie. I was thinking the same thing as I looked at the top photo.
Nice shots! Having never been to HK, it does remind of the the NY-NJ tunnels like Debbie said but with way better views.
The funny thing is that I just looked at my Star Ferry post and the first comment is that it reminds people of the Staten Island Ferry!
News to me too – though I think I’d rather see Hong Kong from a boat. Looks a tad chaotic.
Hope the ferry is still and option. I grew up in Seattle riding the car ferries across Puget Sound. Beats driving!
I’ve never taken this tunnel. Hopefully, will get back to HK this year and I’ll have to take a ride through. Nice shots.
That’s quite an amazing view of the tunnel entrance with island above it!
I like the perspective of the first shot as well where the mountains and sky scrapers appear to be the same height.
I just got back from Hong Kong and while I was there I only use MTR and Star Ferry. Taxi can’t get my money. LOL And using a bus is a little too hectic for a first timer and a solo traveler like me.
But I wonder, how did you manage to take that second photo? That’s very weird angle. (-_-?) It looks great but it’s also weird.