DATE WITH THE HONG KONG STARS

Late in the afternoon, HB and I decided to go on a date with the Hong Kong celebrities, and meet them at "Avenue of Stars" located along the shore of Hong Kong's Victoria Bay. Hm, what a perfect place to go on a date, no?

It sounded like a good idea at the time, but I ended up pretty much exhausted. It was a long half an hour walk from Eaton Hotel to Avenue of Stars. Twenty minutes past, I was already sweating like crazy and my feet wrenched in torturous way because of the extra strain from wearing wedge shoes. (What was I thinking?) When we got there, I was too dazed to even feel excited. Plus it was cloudy which was kind of a drag. :( But then I reminded myself I was there for a special date.

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entering through Salibury garden


At the entrance, we were greeted by a stunningly beautiful usherette (a 4.5-meter tall Hong Kong Film Awards sculpture). But I told her not to escort us and just stay there to welcome other guests. hehehe

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a small stage for performances



We were immediately confronted with a large crowd. We shuffled a few steps and saw a series of movie-related sculptures displayed at the Avenue.

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the red pillars with inscriptions of Hong Kong's one hundred years of cinematic history


Unfortunately, I had to answer the call of nature and went to a nearby restroom. Besides, I also wanted to fix myself up to look more fresh and presentable with our date. :))

Feeling relieved and rejuvenated, we started walking again the wide promenade. And our rendezvous started when we came across some of the Hong Kong popular stars of the golden screen.

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floor plaque sequence

I had a tough time deciding exactly who should I be dating. I'm torn between Jackie Chan and Chow Yun Fat, but wait my heart says it should be Jet Li. hahaha (Dream on girl!) However, I was waiting for a very special person and you'll see him later. (I'm fortunate HB is a very understanding man.) hehe

While we were looking for our special date, we spotted some cutely-designed mobile carts selling light refreshments, drinks and souvenirs.

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We then caught a good sight from a distance a man in Kung Fu fighting stance. I knew it was time for us to meet him.

Folks, let me introduce to you the most renowned martial arts actor... (loud drumbeat sound) Bruce Lee! The area was a bit crowded; he was surrounded by fans who wanted some souvenir shots. We waited for a while to get the crowds dispersed. Then we had our special photo session with him.

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a 3-meter bronze statue of the legendary Kung Fu action star, Bruce Lee

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We wouldn't want to take up any of his precious time since he had a very busy TV and film schedule. So, we said our goodbyes. lol

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some men working behind-the-scene


Okay, it's time for me to wake up! And stop this made up half-fictional nonsense. hehe

We continued our self guided walking tour until we reached the last portion of the waterfront promenade.

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one of the 3 kiosks offering a wide range of souvenirs for sale



As we headed back we noticed the Aqua Luna's Harbour Cruise scheduled for a night sailing. It is one of Hong Kong's last remaining red-sail Chinese junk boats. Ticket starts at HK$180 including a free cocktail aboard. Regrettably, we never tried this.

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Aqua Luna harbour cruise

We had managed to truly relax and enjoy the sights of Hong Kong's stunning skyline and Victoria Harbour. Though a bit windy than I had anticipated, it was nice to sit on the bench and just people watch.

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sorry for the crappy photos :(
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One piece of advice for women, avoid wearing knee-length dresses and short flared skirts unless you really want to look like the famous pose of Marilyn Monroe with her white skirt blowing up. hehe

Marilyn Monroe Skirt Blowing Up Gif Pictures, Images and Photos


Avenue of Stars stretches for about 440 meters along the shoreline. Its architecture was modeled after the Avenue of Stars of Hollywood, USA. It's a perfect setting for a leisurely walk.

The New World Group constructed the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade in 1982. In 2003 the group sponsored HK40 million for the construction of the Avenue of Stars. This promenade is a salute to eminent Hong Kong film workers for their devoted contribution to local and world theaters.



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7 comments:

  1. You have a lively imagination. I had fun reading this. :) I would love to stroll around and see the beautiful harbor sight.

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  2. Hi trixie,
    haha True, I really had fun writing this article. Yeah, you better visit the Avenue of Stars. It's one of the top free things to do when you're in Hong Kong. ;)

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  3. Nice trip to Hong Kong you got there. Ehh from the photos, I realize not many people at Avenue of Stars. How come? You went during the off-peak season? Last time I went during the year-end, very crowded. =)

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  4. Hi Tolanic,
    Oh no, the place was also teeming with people and it was difficult to get any good photos but we managed to get some. Patience is our strong virtue. ;)

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  5. Hi ChrisAu,
    Yeah, it's fun and a great place to learn about the Hong Kong's cinematic history and the stars. :)

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  6. i really like the view by victoria harbour.. did u watch the laser light show as well - thought that was quite impressive!

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