The general manager of the company overseeing the Avenue of Stars — Hong Kong’s very own Hollywood-style walk of fame — this week released a sneak peek at the newly renovated promenade, just ahead of the official reopening of the waterfront walkway at the end of the month.
Adrian Cheng, the executive vice-chairman and general manager of New World Development, posted photographs of the newly-renovated promenade to his Instagram page. Though the photos were posted to Cheng’s account three days ago, they managed to escape the notice of local media outlets until yesterday.
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The promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui — which honors key figures in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry — was closed for renovations in October 2015 and scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of last year. However, the work was dogged by complications that ultimately forced the reopening date to be pushed to February of this year.
But according to sources cited by Ming Pao yesterday, the Avenue of Stars will open on Jan. 31, just in time for the Lunar New Year fireworks display on Victoria Harbour on Feb. 6.
The Avenue of Stars first opened to the public in 2004, and features 107 plaques with the handprints and autographs of Hong Kong film celebrities like Jackie Chan, Stephen Chow, Michelle Yeoh, and Wong Kar-wai.
The walk also features bronze statues of Bruce Lee; the late Cantopop diva Anita Mui, known as the “Madonna of the East”; a popular cartoon pig called McDull; and the so-called “Goddess of the Hong Kong Film Awards Association,” the statuette given out to award-winners at the annual Hong Kong Film Awards. Ming Pao reports that after the promenade re-opens, five more famous figures will add their handprints and signatures, though it’s still unknown who those five people will be.
In the newly-refurbished walkway, the plaques will be mounted onto railings overlooking Victoria Harbour, and the statues will no longer be behind barriers, with both updates intended to help out snap-happy tourists.