Hong Kong: a walk down the (now-closed) Avenue of the Stars
Hong Kong is probably more well-known through its role in cinema than actual tourism, at least as far as Americans go. The images of its modern skyline and the gritty feel of Kowloon - especially the Walled City - both serve to set a specific tone for a film.
But there are plenty of famous names to go with those places, and the Avenue of the Stars looks to honor them.
A recent development located along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront at Hong Kong Harbor, the Avenue opened in 2004 with a great view of the iconic skyline across the water.
Various "props" are set up to take advantage of the view, allowing visitors to create interactive scenes. The first image in this post is a 4.5-meter tall replica of the Hong Kong Film Awards statuette.
Some statues are also out which you can pose with.
The most popular might be Bruce Lee in a classic fighting pose. When I visited, there were plenty of tourists hoping to get a picture in front of this and the other statues.
That includes this director's chair and "set".
I don't really know/remember what's up with the pig. The camera makes for a nice entrance, while that funky steampunk-looking thing is actually a small kiosk for food or souvenir sales.
The squares honoring the film stars look like this. Performers get their hand prints immortalized similar to the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, plus a fancy star similar to Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Bruce Lee wasn't alive to give his hands.
The Hong Kong Walk of Fame Avenue of the Stars is actually closed now through 2018 for redevelopment. The statues are being moved to the "Garden of the Stars" at Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden, and an exhibit is being set up at exit 1 of East Tsim Sha Tsui Station.
It'll be interesting to see what the redeveloped Avenue looks like when it is reopened in late 2018.