The historic car ferry will return for five days next month to commemorate its 83rd anniversary.

The first car ferry crossed the harbour on March 6, 1933 and the service ended in 1998. Ferries used to be the major method for vehicles seeking to cross the harbour until the Cross Harbour tunnel opened in August 1972.

Car Ferry. Photo: Barbara Ann Spengler via Flickr.

The ferry, operated by Harbour Cruise Bauhinia, will run from the North Point Ferry Pier to the Kwun Tong Public Pier and back.

Car Ferry. Photo: John Hansen via Flickr.

Tickets cost HK$100 for adults and HK$60 for children aged two to ten. Private cars will cost HK$80 and motorbikes HK$50. Those born in 1933 or on March 6 will enjoy free rides, although cars will still be charged.

Kwun Tong Ferry Pier ramp. Photo: Apple Daily.

The event was originally planned for two days, May 14 and May 22, only. However, due to popular response, the organiser announced that the ferry will also run on May 1, 3 and 8. Reservations for all days have been stopped, and May 14 and 22 are full, according to the organiser’s Facebook page. It is unknown whether additional days will be announced.

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Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.