The Avenue of Stars: Hong Kong
January 17, 2017
Location: Hong Kong
Hong Kong downtown: Victoria Bay Harbour, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
In Hong Kong the Avenue of Stars (Chinese: 星光大道) is surely a must-see and you can’t leave this city before to visit this place, so you can’t really miss out.
Once you get to the promenade the first thing you’ll find is the Salisbury Garden, a little nice garden located just before the Avenue of Stars and the perfect place to have a rest or lunch.
This Salisbury Garden mark is the starting point of the Avenue of Stars, but I’m going to explain you what this place exactly is and what represent for Hong Kong.
In short the Avenue of Stars is a sort of Hollywood walk of fame, but a part of brass stars there are also Bronze statues dedicated to the most influential actors of Hong Kong history. Guys I must be honest with you, I didn’t know the most of them… practically only 3 international stars XD Jackie Chan, Jet li and Bruce Lee. I also found very interesting a representation of a movie set, with a movie director and his cameraman.
This is the Jackie Chan’s hand print in the Avenue of stars. I’m sorry Jackie Chan, I know you’re a kung fu master and richer than me, but your hand is smaller than mine 😉 , maybe you’ll win next time.
Another international Hong Kong star I know, and for sure I think you know as well, is Jet li so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to take a picture of his star.
There are many statues on the promenade, so I’ve selected the most beautiful and representative you can find at the Avenue of Stars:
The first one is Statue of Asian Film Award Oscar
Finally the most photographed and my favorite, the Legendary Bruce Lee.
Unfortunately, the Avenue of Stars closed in 2015 for a restauration, but rumors say it will reopen in the first half of 2018, so no problem if you couldn’t see it.
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How to get there, best time and cost
By Hong Kong MTR
The best way to get there is surely by Hong Kong MTR Station. There are 2 Metro stops you can choose: Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East station, of course depends from which direction you’re coming from. The Tsim Sha Tsui East is much closer, but don’t worry if you stop at Tsim Sha Tsui you, you can use the pedestrian passageway that link both stations.
Finally take Exit J of Tsim Sha Tsui East and just follow the signals you find in your way, the Avenue of Stars is just in front of you 🙂 .
By Star Ferry
If you come from Hong Kong island, you can take the Star ferry beside the Ferry Wheel, the boat dock at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier, just in front of Salisbury Garden and close to Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Museum of Art. From there, following the promenade along the harbour it takes less than 10 minutes by walk to get the Avenue of Stars.
The Star Ferry Bus Terminus is at Ferry Pier, to get here you can take all these routes:
KMB services –> 1, 1A, 2, 5, 5A, 5C, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 9.
Othere Routes –> A21, 8A, 13X, 26, 28, 35A, 41A, 81C, 87D, 98D, 110, 203, 208, 215X, 219X, 224X.
NOTE: All these Buses I just mentioned stop at Salisbury Road, from there is around 5 minute walk to the Avenue of Stars.
Free of charge.
Best time to go
All year around, I highly recommend by day, because at night could be difficult to take good shots and at 8 PM there is a show of lights: A Symphony of lights (click here to see the related post) and Victoria Harbour is almost collapsed.
I suggest you to visit the Avenue of Stars at lunch time, between 1 pm to 4 pm less there are fewer people on the promenade, and perfect moment to take picture with no pain in the neck, or alternatively for night shots at 10 pm.
The Avenue of Stars is a very good place to watch the amazing Hong Kong skyline (click here to see the best place to watch the Hong Kong skyline).
From the Avenue of Stars you can also attend to the A symphony of light show (click here to see the related post)