Hong Kong’s Marine Department (MD) has warned civilian visitors to Kennedy Town’s much-loved “Instagram Pier” that they risk a fine of HK$10,000 and six months jail for entering the cargo area.

“Instagram Pier.” Photo: Tom Grundy.

The Western District Public Cargo Pier (WDPCWA), governed by the Marine Department’s Cargo Handling Section, is popular among residents, pet owners and joggers.

It does not currently feature any safety barriers around its perimeter, but has become a hotspot for Hongkongers looking to enjoy the sunset.

Warning of frequent loading and unloading activities, the Marine Department told HKFP that the area was “certainly not desirable for the public to spend their pastime or engage in any leisure activities.”

“[The] MD would like to urge members of the public not to enter the area of WDPCWA for their own safety,” the department said in an emailed response. “They may consider nearby open public area such as the Central & Western District Promenade next to the WDPCWA for their leisure activities.”

“Instagram Pier.” Photo: Tom Grundy.

The spokesperson said that paper warning notices were issued daily to visitors though, so far, no prosecutions have been initiated.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.