One of the most visited places in Hong Kong is the Avenue of Stars. It’s conveniently located by the harbor along Salisbury road in Tsim Sha Tsui. To get there, you can ride the different buses that stop along Salisbury road. Although don’t quote me on it as bus stops/routes still confuse me. You can also drop off at Tsim Sha Tsui or Tsim Sha Tsui East MTR stations, depending on what line you started with, and follow the arrows within the station to reach the Avenue of Stars. If I’m not mistaken, you need to get to exit J2. After exiting the MTR station, the Avenue of Stars is just about a 5-minute walk away. As soon as you reach the sidewalk, you’ll see the directions.
First and foremost, it’s free and you can just walk along the cool breeze by the shoreline and have a magnificent view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. As its namesake, the Avenue of Stars is similar to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Famous Hong Kong personalities’ stars are along the shoreline with their respective names, and for some of them, handprint/s. You’ll see the stars of the likes of Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Andy Lau, Michelle Yeoh, Cecilia Cheung and so on. It’s quite a long walk from end to end though.
Along the way, you’ll see several statues. You can take your pictures with them. However, one statue stands out, which is Bruce Lee’s statue. Most of the brochures, pictures, guides that I’ve seen with Avenue of Stars in it feature Bruce Lee’s statue. It’s somewhere in the middle of the stars along the shoreline. It’s usually where most people are converged, taking pictures.
Aside from sightseeing along the shoreline, you can eat some snacks, take a breather by sitting down or visit the planetarium and art museum. Not sure how much it is now, but for a fee, you can see some really nice artworks. Just a note, again not sure if this is still available today as you’re reading this article, entrance to the art museum is free on Wednesdays. Just be mindful of the area where you can’t use your cameras or where you can use them, but without using its flash.
One thing we noticed were several locals offering photography services. Usually for souvenir purposes, they can edit your pictures by the bay with fancy graphics and effects. They don’t cost that much so if you want a picture souvenir along Victoria Harbour, you may opt to ask one of them.
Apart from these attractions, tourists, and even locals, gather along the coastline every day at 8:00 pm to watch the Symphony of Lights. It’s a light show that is synchronized with music, and sometimes with narration. I admit, I thought it was all about fireworks, but it was a lighting-only show from the buildings on Hong Kong Island. It lasts for about 15 minutes or so and can be seen beautifully almost anywhere along the avenue of stars. You can view this from different areas around Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, but most people would most likely tell you that the best view is the by the bay along the Avenue of Stars.
There you have it. That’s Hong Kong’s famous Avenue of Stars. It has a really nice view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island, relatively easy to go to and it’s free, except for the food, professional photos and the museum entrances. It’s a nice stop during your Hong Kong trip.