- 2 Hong Kong Avenue of Stars Walk of Fame CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT
- 4 Closed until 2018…. Where can you see “Bruce Lee”?
- 5 Garden of Stars
- 6 Starry Gallery
- 8 Symphony of Lights viewing
- 10 The essential insider info
- 11 Did you know?
- 14 Eat and Drink
- 16 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
- 17 Google map link
- 19 City Essentials
Hong Kong Avenue of Stars Walk of Fame CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT
The Hong Kong Avenue of Stars, modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It honours celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry. We visited last year, (on a very overcast day) but although the place is hyped as a Tourist Attraction, we should not have bothered. While it wasn’t busy or overcrowded with tourists and visitors on the day we popped by, (a rare occurrence apparently) our time would have been much better spent elsewhere.
Unlike the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where my kids had some kind of connection or concept of the names of some of the people and characters on the stars, the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars was totally irrelevant to them and to me too. There was very few statues or stars in place at all, and to me, it just felt like a waterfront wander. Not much different to other waterfront promenades in other cities around the world. It was pleasant enough, but not somewhere I’d be putting on my list of things to do with the kids in Hong Kong. The kids and I agree, we wouldn’t bother.
The only point of interest to Ned other than the Bruce Lee sculpture, (and his opportunity to practice a few Kung-Fu kicks, high-jumps and cartwheels) was the boats on the harbour. He was pretty impressed with the ‘junks’ and so was I. Living history we love.
Closed until 2018…. Where can you see “Bruce Lee”?
Sadly for those who like to stroll the waterfront in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars was closed on the 8 Oct 2015 for repair, improvement and redevelopment works. Some of the features relating to the Avenue of Stars and Hong Kong movies have been relocated, along with other movie related stuff, to Salisbury Road Podium Garden, temporarily renamed the “Garden of Stars”, and the pedestrian subway under Salisbury Road.
Both of these places can be easily accessed on either side of the East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, temporarily renamed the “Starry Gallery”. Both of these opened on the 15th November and will stay in place until the Avenue of Stars reopens in 2018.
As part of the redevelopment, the Avenue of Stars is being lengthened, and there’s rumours that a number of waterfront restaurants will be added, making HK locals very happy.
Full details of the changes during construction can be found here, including maps of where things have been relocated to. See below for a general guideline.
Garden of Stars
Exhibition at Garden of Stars includes:
- Avenue of Stars sculptures
- 10-20 Star handprints
- Movie related elements
- Paintings showing classic movie scenes and star photos – “Starlight Cinema”
Exhibition at Starry Gallery includes:
- Star Photos
- Movie names
- Visuals about movie elements
- Hong Kong history in line with Hong Kong movie history
- Paintings showing classic movie scenes
Symphony of Lights viewing
You can still see and hear the Symphony of Lights on Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade in front of HK Cultural Centre and the Museum of Art including the elevated viewing deck (our pick of the top spot for viewing) or from Golden Bauhinia Square in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the other side of the harbour.
The essential insider info
If you do happen to pop by this area, there’s a big playground close by.
Did you know?
- My boys were fascinated by some of the signs we found in Hong Kong. The picture on this one tickled Ned’s funny bone of course. Boys!
Eat and Drink
- Have you ever tried Shredded Squid? We saw three of these Squid stalls along the Avenue of Stars promenade but being so early in the morning, none were yet to start cooking. The squid is sliced, then grilled, then popped into a shredding machine. Doesn’t that sound deliciously appealing? (NOT). I hear it’s a ‘thing’ in Hong Kong. The Gods were shining on me that morning. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to try one!
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
Thumbs down. Boring.
Thinking about a trip to Hong Kong? Here’s a link to find ALL the information you need to know, in one place.