Photos: Hong Kong’s Avenue of Stars officially reopens to public

Bronze statue of kung fu movie legend Bruce Lee. His statue was previously surrounded by metal barrier to prevent people from touching the statue. Those barriers have now been replaced by a water feature with and is placed with Victoria Harbour in the background. Photo by Vicky Wong.

Hong Kong’s own Hollywood-style walk of fame officially re-opened to the public yesterday after being shut for renovations that went on for three years.

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 back to February.

 

The newly-refurbished Avenue of Stars promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui.
The newly-refurbished Avenue of Stars promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo by Vicky Wong.

Then in early-January, local media reported that the promenade would re-open to the public on January 31, just in time for the Lunar New Year fireworks display on Victoria Harbour on Feb. 6.

 

Victoria Harbour as seen from the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo by Vicky Wong.
Victoria Harbour as seen from the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui, which has reopened just in time for the Lunar New Year fireworks display on Feb. 6. Photo by Vicky Wong.

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, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, and others.

 

Handprints and plaque for martial arts star Jet Li. Photo by Vicky Wong.
The handprints and plaque of martial arts star Jet Li. Photo by Vicky Wong.

Previously the plaques were on the ground, like the ones on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. In the promenade’s redesign, however, the plaques were mounted onto railings overlooking Victoria Harbour, all the better for getting a perfect photo with not only your favorite star, but also Hong Kong’s iconic skyline in the background.

Likewise, the Avenue of Stars’ statues are no longer behind barriers, another update intended to help out snap-happy tourists.

 

Visitors can pose for photos with the handprints of actress Maggie Cheung, the Hong Kong actress known for her lead role in Wong Kar-wai's In The Mood For Love. Just a few meters away are the handprints of her In The Mood For Love co-star Tony Leung Chiu-wai. Photo by Vicky Wong.
Visitors can pose for photos with the handprints of Maggie Cheung, the Hong Kong actress known for her lead role in Wong Kar-wai’s In The Mood For Love. Just a few meters away are the handprints of her co-star Tony Leung Chiu-wai. Photo by Vicky Wong.
A tourist preparing to take a photo of Jackie Chan's handprints and plaque. Photo by Vicky Wong.
A tourist lines up a shot of Jackie Chan’s handprints and plaque, with the skyline of Hong Kong Island in the background. Photo by Vicky Wong.
Handprints of actress Michelle Yeoh, known for her roles in Hong Kong action films like Police Story, as well as international blockbusters like Tomorrow Never Dies; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Star Trek Discovery; and Crazy Rich Asians. Photo by Vicky Wong.
Handprints of actress Michelle Yeoh, known for her roles in Hong Kong action films like Police Story, as well as international blockbusters like Tomorrow Never Dies; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and Crazy Rich Asians. Photo by Vicky Wong.

Five more famous actresses Sandra Ng Kwan-yue, Teresa Mo Shun-kwan, Helena Law Lan, Carol “Dodo” Cheng Yu-ling, also added their handprints and signatures to the promenade ahead of the reopening.

Ng, a veteran actress who has starred in a number of Hong Kong comedies, also provides the voice of Mrs McDull, the mother of Hong Kong’s favorite cartoon pig, McDull, who also has a selfie-friendly statue near the end of the promenade.

 

A statue of Hong Kong's favorite cartoon pig McDull. Photo by Vicky Wong.
A statue of Hong Kong’s favorite cartoon pig McDull. Photo by Vicky Wong.

The walk also features bronze statues of Bruce Lee; the late Cantopop diva Anita Mui, known as the “Madonna of the East”; 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.

 

Bronze statue of kung fu movie legend Bruce Lee. Photo by Vicky Wong.
A bronze statue of kung fu movie legend Bruce Lee was placed in an elevated water feature as part of the promenade’s redesign. Photo by Vicky Wong.
A bronze statue of Anita Mui Yim-fong, a Cantopop singer and actress referred to as the 'Madonna of the East.' She passed away from cervical cancer in 2003. Photo by Vicky Wong.
A bronze statue of Anita Mui Yim-fong, a Cantopop singer and actress referred to as the “Madonna of the East.” She passed away from cervical cancer in 2003. Photo by Vicky Wong.
The Goddess of the Hong Kong Film Awards, a bronze statue version of the statuette handed out to winners at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Photo by Vicky Wong.
The Goddess of the Hong Kong Film Awards, a larger-than-life bronze version of the statuette handed out to winners at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Photo by Vicky Wong.

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