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Avenue of Stars

The Avenue of Stars is a (non-smoking) boulevard on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour, and as it's name suggests, has stars dotted along it. These metal stars are labeled with the names of famous Chinese actors (Jet Li, Jackie Chan etc) and directors and sometimes include sunken hand prints from the celebrities. Pretty much as in Hollywood and London's Leicester Square and probably a few other places around the world.

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It's a place for tourists and definitely one for the list to tick off, if sometimes a little cheesy. There's a great statue of Bruce Lee, which most tourists want to be pictured next to with their most cringing Bruce Lee impression.

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I've only been to the Avenue of Stars twice. It's good for a stroll and on the west end of the avenue, each time I visited (around the Lunar New Year), they had a display of lantern statues creatively depicting an event. This year, the lantern exhibition was of the "Echoes of the Condor Heroes".

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The lantern sculptures must be an East-Asian thing. They're really colourful and as they're made out of paper, they have a nicely crafted feel to them. But I've only ever seen these in Hong Kong and never in the UK, not even in Chinatown. Do they cost too much labour in the west?

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The Avenue of Stars also has a viewing platform down this end, which is a flight of steps higher than street level and where you can sit and watch the ships sail by. The green and white ferries that go across to Hong Kong Island dock nearby and old style junks frequently cruise by amongst more ordinary vessels. You can literally chill here at the edge of the harbour, since even during warm weather, it was pretty cold.

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With the Hong Kong Central skyline in the background, its not surprising lots of photos are taken and we also came across a film crew who looked like they were shooting a Chinese soap. The male actor had way too much make-up.

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The last time I visited the Avenue of Stars, it was some time in the early evening and we caught the laser light show that is displayed across many of the skyscrapers on the Hong Kong Central side. It lasted approximately 15 minutes I think, but was worth catching to see the scale of involvement and to guess how much electricity gets used around the harbour.

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More photos on the Avenue of Stars Flickr set.


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01/10/09  at  07:04 AM
hi,

great post.

thanks a lot for sharing the information.
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