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The first harbour steps at Victoria Harbour is opened

The first harbour steps at Victoria Harbour, together with the adjacent new promenade of some 280 metres, is opened at the Wan Chai harbourfront. It extends the continuous waterfront promenade length in Hong Kong Island North by 40 per cent to 7.4 kilometres, allowing visitors to walk along the harbourfront area from Shek Tong Tsui all the way to Fortress Hill.Fence-free stepped-down water edge designThis set of harbour steps will be the first fence-free stepped-down water edge design alongside Victoria Harbour. The step-like feature will let visitors get closer to the waterbody. It could also serve as a spectator stand for the public to watch competitions or performances from a short distance against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour when there are water sports activities or stage performances in the waterbody. The Water Sports and Recreation Precinct (Phase 2)The Water Sports and Recreation Precinct (Phase 2) is open to the public round the clock. In addition to lawns, outdoor tables and chairs, sunshades and children's play facilities, it also provides a multi-functional venue for activities as well as an access ramp for launching and retrieving boats in preparation for future water sports competitions. The design has taken into account views from water sports organisations, including those collected from users during dragon boat races, the Around the Island Race sailing event, the Optimist junior sailing race and other activities held at the Precinct in the past two years. Paddling in Victoria Harbour In addition to the above facilities, the public can also enjoy paddling in Victoria Harbour. Twenty pedal-driven boats are available for rent through a website, with three of them being first-of-their-kind special editions produced under the theme of Chocolate Rain by local artist Prudence Mak. The paddling campaign will be piloted for six months, and further arrangements will be made subject to the response.  The Precinct is a pet-friendly venue where visitors are welcome to bring along their leashed pets. Safety precautionTo ensure the safety of visitors on the harbour steps, buoys and ladders have been installed at the harbour steps. In addition to the general security of the Precinct, there will be specific guards dedicated to patrolling around the harbour steps on a 24-hour basis, as well as lifeguard and life-saving speedboat services during the operation hours of water sports activities. Safety notices have also been posted at different locations along the steps, with lifebuoys provided. Furthermore, the site will be temporarily closed under inclement weather conditions. Meanwhile, consultants from the Civil Engineering and Development Department have completed a one-year water quality sample collection project and the preliminary findings indicate that the water quality of the harbour in the area is suitable for secondary contact recreational activities.  How to goThe Water Sports and Recreation Precinct (Phase 2) is located between the Wan Chai North Temporary Public Transport Interchange and the Hung Hing Road Flyover. It can be accessed from Wan Chai Ferry Pier or the Wan Chai North Temporary Public Transport Interchange by walking for about 5 minutes. It can also be accessed from Exit A5 of MTR Wan Chai Station by walking for about 15 minutes via the footbridge, or from Exit C of MTR Causeway Bay Station by walking for about 9 minutes via the Canal Road West Flyover. Please click here for the route map.