Hong Kong is an all-year-round destination not only for Asian tourists but people from the world over. It is not only known for its sumptuous Cantonese cuisine, pocket-burning sales & discounts, and breathtaking sites like the Victoria Peak or Ocean Park. Aside from all these, Hong Kong also has something exciting to offer when it comes to Movies!
There is no better way to experience and learn more about the glitzy and glamorous Film Industry of Hong Kong than to take a walk along the Avenue of the Stars.
This place is so famous in Hong Kong that finding it would not be much of a problem for you. It is located in Kowloon specifically in the Tsim Sha Tsui district and it stretches from the Southern end of Salisbury Garden until the New World Center.
Depending on what Hong Kong hotel youâ€™re staying in, you can take any of the following means of transportation:
- BUS – Kowloon Motor Bus, New World First Bus, or the Citybus
- MTR – Exit E of TST MTR Station
- STAR FERRY â€“ Either from Central or Wanchai
The Avenue of the Stars was officially introduced to the public in a spectacular opening celebration back in 2004. This undertaking aimed to recognize distinguished people who have made notable contributions to the Film Industry of Hong Kong. As a lot of visitors from all over the world (most especially in Asia) are fans of Hong Kong movies, the Avenue of the Stars has become a must-see among tourists which makes this place an instrument in the promotion of tourism in Hong Kong.
The highlight of your visit would be seeing the names of people who contributed to Hong Kongâ€™s flourishing Film Industry through the years. Here are some of the people whose names appear on the floor plaque sequence at the Avenue of the Stars:
BRUCE LEE â€“ He is known not only as an actor but also for his contributions in the field of martial arts as he created the Jeet Kuen Do style of Kung Fu. He is considered as an international icon particularly because o f his distinct style and Kung Fu moves. People best remember him in films like â€œWay of the Dragonâ€ and â€œEnter the Dragon.â€
JACKIE CHAN â€“ This Tourism Ambassador of Hong Kong started his career in the Film Industry at the age of seven when he became an apprentice at the China Drama Academy. He is now known as an international superstar mainly because of his appearance in blockbuster films like â€œRush Hourâ€ and â€œShanghai Noon.â€
JOHN WOO YU SUM â€“ After a series of local movies, he decided to take on the ultimate challenge of making it big in Hollywood. He is the main man behind such blockbuster Hollywood films like â€œBroken Arrowâ€, â€œFace Offâ€, â€œMission Impossible 2â€, â€œThe Windtalkerâ€, and â€œPaycheck.â€
CHOW YUN FAT â€“ After a appearing in a number of TV series, he started doing films and received acting recognition for â€œA Better Tomorrow,â€ â€œCity on Fire,â€ and â€œAll About Ah-long.â€ By 1995, Chow tried his luck in Hollywood and got parts in movies like â€œThe Replacement Killers,â€ â€œAnna and the King,â€ â€œBulletproof Monk,â€ etc. In 2000, he played a major role in â€œCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonâ€ which won Academy and Golden Globe Awards.
ANDY LAU TAK WAH â€“ He is an actor-singer who is highly popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. He appeared in so many local films like â€œInfernal Affairs,â€ â€œRunning on Karma,â€ etc. He started producing films in 1991. He already won a number of acting awards.
JET LI â€“ Jet Li started as a martial artist before he was discovered in 1982 by a film director, Chang Hsin Yen. His movie, â€œShaolin Temple,â€ catapulted him to stardom. His exceptional skills in martial arts landed him roles in so many local movies. He started his career in Hollywood in 1998 and acted in â€œLethal Weapons 4,â€ â€œRomeo Must Die,â€ â€œKiss of the Dragon,â€ â€œThe One,â€ and many others. He will also appear in the soon-to-be-released movie â€œThe Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.â€
MICHELLE YEOH CHOO KHENG â€“ This former Ms. Malaysia started her international career when she appeared in the 1997 James Bond film, â€œTomorrow Never Dies.â€ She also appeared in Ang Leeâ€™s â€œCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,â€ â€œThe Touch, â€œand â€œSilver Hawk.â€ Just like Jet Li, she will be appearing in the movie â€œThe Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.â€
The floor plaque sequence is not the only attraction that you can look forward to here. During your walk, you will see a series of movie-related sculptures that are displayed which would be perfect for picture taking. There are also a number of kiosks that offer a wide range of souvenirs for sale like paper weights, key chains, cups/glasses/mugs, and even plush toys. At times, usually during weekends, there are even musical performances that are staged along the avenue.
I personally prefer to take a stroll along this avenue at night when all the lights are lit up and you can marvel at the dazzling Hong Kong skyscrapers that line the other side of the harbor. I also got to watch a magnificent fireworks display from here during my last visit.
With all those lights glittering around you, Iâ€™m sure that you couldnâ€™t help but feel like a star yourself. The avenue is your red carpet and youâ€™ll be rubbing elbows with the stars, in a manner of speaking that is.