Avenue of the Stars and Symphony of Lights at Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Budget : free
Duration : a couple of hours to walk around the avenue, about 15 minutes to watch the Symphony of Lights
Bummers : bring a jacket because it can get really cold
If it is your first time to visit Hong Kong, it is highly recommended that you find a place to stay around the area of Tsim Sha Tsui. This location offers a lot of places that you can visit from museums to malls, and from street food joints to bargain markets. Moreover, staying at Tsim Sha Tsui makes everything accessible because it has MTR (trains) and buses passing around it. Going to different places in Hong Kong is easy especially if your starting point is somewhere in Tsim Sha Tsui.
One of the most popular tourist destination in Tsim Sha Tsui that you can go to without spending a dollar is the Avenue of the Stars. To go to the Avenue of the Stars, here is a location map which I got from their website.
The Avenue of the Stars is a one of kind attraction in Hong Kong that focuses on movies and movie stars. It is located at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, which is right by the Victoria Harbour Waterfront. Here, you can find stars and statues that belong to popular Hong Kong actors and actresses similar to the theme of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Avenue of the Stars serves as a salute of the people of Hong Kong to their successful movie industry.
When we went to the Avenue of the Stars, we were fortunate to see some kids traveling from one place to another and sharing their music. If my guess is right, I think this young people are from England and they are touring Hong Kong and Shanghai to spread awesome music.
The Avenue of the Stars offer a great view of Hong Kong Island. The skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island light up during the night and some of them participate in the Symphony of Lights show.
Just like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Avenue of the Stars have “stars” for people with notable contribution in the movie industry. I stumbled upon Bruce Lee’s and Jackie Chan’s stars.
Jackie Chan even has his hand prints on his star.
You should not missing seeing Bruce Lee’s statue with his iconic pose and taking a photo with it.
There are also lots of memorabilia at the Avenue of the Stars that tells a lot about the movie-making industry. There are also write-ups written on panel boards that you can read and learn from about the movie industry in Hong Kong. Or if you’re not into reading, just take lots of photos and be like a real movie star.
At exactly 8 PM, the Symphony of Lights will begin. Music will be played while lights from different skyscrapers play along with the music. It’s a unique visual experience. Just make sure you get a nice spot so you can really appreciate the Symphony of Lights.
The Symphony of Lights is played daily at 8PM. So, if you are in Hong Kong, make sure that you check it out. Seeing the images are good but nothing beats experiencing it on your own. Anyway, it’s free.
Spread some awesome..ness..