Avenue of Stars, which was closed on the 8th of October 2015 for major repair and improvement works, is expected to be reopened after 3 years till the end of 2018 (2018, yes, you read it right).
However, some of the most popular statues and handprints have been relocated to the Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden (now is the temporary “Garden of Stars”). Whoever wants to visit Avenue of Stars now can pay a visit to the new venue to make some photos with the famous Bruce Lee, McDull, Anita Mui and many other local movie stars.
Statues of Movie Star
The most popular statue on Avenue of Stars was Bruce Lee. Now Bruce Lee is standing in the center of the garden.
Another movie statue Anita Mui (also know as the Daughter of Hong Kong) is standing next to Bruce Lee.
Popular Hong Kong cartoon character McDull is on the entrance.
Statues of Film Profession on Garden of Stars
Right at the entrance of the Garden of Stars are some additional movie related film set statues (chair of the film director, camera & sound engineer and lighting technician) providing some nice photo opportunities with Hong Kong’s magnificent Victoria Harbour skyline as backdrop. They were also on Avenue of Stars before.
Handprints of Movie Star on Garden of Stars
In the middle of the Garden of Stars you are able to find about 20 handprints of some of Hong Kong’s and China’s most acclaimed and famous actors, actress, singers, movie and movie related stars including handprints from Aaron Kwok Fu Shing, Leon Lai Ming, Simon Yam Tat Wah, Carina Lau Ka Ling, Nicholas Tse, Louis Koo, Kara Wai Ying Hung, Deanie Ip, Gong Li, Lau Ching Wan, Sylvia Chang, Lai Pak Hoi, Wong Chau Sang, Chang Suk Ping, Karl Maka, Eric Tsang Chi Wai, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Cecilia Cheung Pak Chi, Kenneth Tsang and Jacky Cheung. Interestingly, one of Hong Kong’s most popular martial arts and actor – Jackie Chan – has not been featured in the temporarily setup of the Garden of Stars.
It is planned that the remaining 87 handprints and plagues are added with the first quarter of 2016.
“Starlight Cinema” Exhibition
Right behind the handprints is the “Starlight Cinema” exhibition. The 63-metre-long large cartoon murals highlight some of Hong Kong’s other movie stars and re-interpreting some of Hong Kong’s most memorable movie scenes with a series of creative illustrations. 17 classic scenes featuring 43 movie characters from popular and much acclaimed movies such as “A Better Tomorrow”, “In the Mood for Love”, “Infernal Affairs” or “Echoes of the Rainbow” can be found here. See how familiar you are to the Hong Kong movies and how many scenes you can recognize.
Furthermore, there are several light poles at the Garden of Stars which are decorated with famous movie quotes while the footbridge connecting the podium garden with the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront promenade features photos of Fame, Flame, Frame by star photographer Jupiter Wong.
Secrets for You
“If you don’t know much about Hong Kong’s local movie stars, Garden of Stars means nothing but only a nice garden close to Victoria Harbour.”
“If you are interested about Hong Kong’s film industry and its history, you may wanna check out the ‘Starry Gallery‘, which is not too far away from Garden of Stars.
“In case you love cartoons and/or are interested in Hong Kong and Asian related comics, manga and cartoons you might want to check out the Avenue of Comic Stars, which is also located in Tsim Sha Tsui.”
Highlight: Bruce Lee statue, McDull statue, Anita Mui statue and local stars’ handprints
Plan to Stay: Less than 1 Hour
More Info and Details
November 15, 2015 till the end of 2018
Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden
How to get to Garden of Stars ?
By Subway: The most convenient way is to take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui and take the lift at the East Tsim Sha Tsui P1 exit to level PD.
Alternatively, you can walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade fom the Star Ferry Terminal and take the escalator up to the Garden of Stars.
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