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    Avenue of Stars

    by swissfondue Updated Nov 10, 2014

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    Most people congregate at the Avenue of Stars to watch The Symphony of Lights show held nightly at 8pm (see my separate review) and finding an uncrowded spot to view the show can sometimes be difficult. During the day however, this nicely laid out promenade can be enjoyed in a much more relaxed way.

    The Avenue of Stars is part of the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade and was constructed by a private company with the support of the Hong Kong Tourism Board. At its opening in 2004 the promenade was handed over to the Hong Kong goverment . Today the Avenue is a public thoroughfare and a spectacular venue for many musical performances throughout the year.
    Stars of the Hong Kong film industry are honoured in a similar way to the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame. The plaques and statues are well spread out but unless you are a fan of chinese cinema you wont recognise many stars. Bruce Lee is easy to pick out though as he is honoured with a large bronze sculpture.

    The Avenue of Stars is a really good place to take panoramic photos of the Hong Kong Island skyline especially on a clear day.

    Looking towards the Avenue of Stars and HKCC

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    Symphony Of Lights

    by machomikemd Written Oct 1, 2014

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    This famous Nightime Attraction can be seen every night at the Tsim Sha Tsui area along the famous Avenue of Stars or at the Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong Island. The Symphony of Lights is a light & laser show, which involves more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour and is the World's Longest Permanent Light and Show Display. The Symphony of Lights is accompanied by a narration in alternating languages, starts daily at 8 p.m. The best place to watch it is Along the Avenue of Stars (as well as in some restaurants and hotels with a view), a recorded narration names 18 key buildings of Hong Kong which will "present" themselves in their best colours or with green and white skybeams when called. In addition, the two narrators praise Hong Kong as a city of innovation and renewal. On special days, fireworks are lighted in addition. The narration is in English on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, in Mandarin on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and in Cantonese on Sunday.

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    Avenue of The Stars

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 30, 2014

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    Hong Kong's Answer to Hollywood's Walk of Fame!

    The Avenue of Stars is located at the Southern tip of Tsim Sha Tsui, where it is built right into Victoria Harbour. It is just Beside the Hong Kong Space Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. there are several reasons to go there and enjoy a pleasurable stroll on it and the first is that It offers a wonderful view of the skyline on Hong Kong Island and is one of the best places to watch Hong Kong's nightly "A Symphony of Lights laser show". Secondly, you will see the name plaques of all the big stars of Hong Kong cinema there and finally, you can enjoy a light strolling and walking without any touts or pesky hawkers trying to sell you stuffs.

    It was modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was opened in 2005, it merges seamlessly into the a harbour promenade which will take you all the way to Tsim Sha Tsui East.

    at the harbour avenue of stars with view of hong kong island
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    Bruce Lee

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 30, 2014

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    the iconic kung fu master of Hong Kong!

    Everyone Knows Bruce Lee so I don't need to do an Introduction on the Legend.

    Bruce Lee was a Chinese American Born in San Fransciso but he made a name for himself by being the main Martial Arts Star of Hong Kong and made martial arts films very popular around the world and his Bruce Lee Fan Club in Hong Kong raised 100,000 US Dollars in cash in the early 2000's to erect A 2.5 metre bronze statue of Bruce Lee at the Avenue of Stars Walk in the Victoria Harbour in Kowloon Site of which it became the Star Attraction and was unveiled by Bruce Lee's Brother Robert in 2005.

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    Hong Kong bay

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    The bay is the gem of Hong Kong, and with total justice: no matter in which side you are, either at low or high level, the views of the bay are always gorgeous.

    Crossing the bay in a ferry is a mandatory experience, and no one misses the light show at night.

    We felt sorry, because we saw it under several weather conditions, but never under a bright sun.

    I think, there will be sun in Hong Kong… sometimes, but not for us.

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    Avenue of the stars

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    Inspired in Hollywood hall of fame, between the New World Centre and Viactoria harbour waterfront there´s a pedestrian avenue celebrating cinema.

    All local great stars are evoqued, with statues and inscryptions celebrating one century of movies. The avenue is one of the best places to see the symphony of lights show.

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    Victoria Harbor: Avenue of Stars

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 4, 2013

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    The Avenue of Stars has become one of the famous tourist attractions in Hong Kong. It is built to pay tribute to the contribution of stars in the Hong Kong Film Industry. Hong Kong has the third largest film industry in the World after Hollywood and Bollywood. Due to the growth of the middle class in China, the Hong Kong Films have a bigger market to the mainland and continue to make outstanding films with the corporation from mainland China. Other than mainlands China, its film exports to all over the world with mostly Chinese audiences including Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan being their important markets.

    The Avenue of Stars is built along the viewing deck onTsim Sha Tsui Promenade. It is also one of the great spots to see the Victoria Harbor. Along the avenue, it is designed like the Walk of Fame in the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blv in L.A with celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete. My favorite celebrities are Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Michael Hui, Sam Hui and Jet Li. Check out my Travelogue of Avenue of Stars.

    For more information, please check out the official website.

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    Victoria Harbor

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 4, 2013

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    You can't leave Hong Kong without seeing Victoria Harbor. It is simply one of the best city views in the World, and it is free!

    I have visited Victoria Harbor many times in my life, and I never get bored of it because it looks different every time I see it either from the Tsim Sha Tsui side or Hong Kong Island side. There are many viewing spots to see the harbor including:
    Kowloon
    @ Kowloon Public Pier
    @ Viewing Deck Near HK Museum Of Art
    @ Avenue of Stars
    @ Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

    Hong Kong Island
    @ Wan Chai Promenade

    During New Year Eve Countdown, it is best to get a good spot at Viewing Deck Near HK Museum of Art or Avenue of Stars. You need to get a spot as early as possible because the massive crowd will cause the closure of the venues at around 8:00pm.

    A Symphony of Lights is a spectacular lighting show at Victoria Harbor at 8:00pm daily. The show is presented by the HK Tourism Board to the visitors to Hong Kong. You can check out the official website for more information.

    You can also visit SKY 100 Observation Deck to have a good view of Victoria Harbor and 360 degree views of the city.

    The view of Victoria Harbor is not as stunning as you thought from The Peak. The view of the The Peak is more of the City Skyscrapers rather than focusing on the harbor.

    My favorite way to see the Victoria Harbor is riding the Star Ferry to cross the harbor. It is the best way to get close to the water and the views surrounding it. The Sunset from the star ferry can be amazing too with the great reflection of the water.

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    Victoria Harbor: Wan Chai Promenade

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 4, 2013

    The Wan Chai Promenade is a waterfront walk in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It has a beautiful view of Kowloon especially to see the HK Cultural Centre and the Clock Tower. The tall building on the left side of Kowloon is the Sky100 Observation Deck.

    Instead of taking the MTR or Bus to come here, the easiest way to come here is by the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Terminal. The Wai Chai ferry terminal is just a short walk to Wan Chai Promenade. You can visit the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Golden Bauhinia Square , and the Reunification Monument in the area.

    Good To Know: Free Wi-Fi in the area!

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    Victoria Harbor: Tsim Sha Tsui Promenada

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 4, 2013

    Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is the waterfront along Salisbury Road. Other than the great views from the waterfront, you can walk up to Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden for a wide angle view. The Podium Garden has a small cafe with seats where you can buy a drink and enjoy the view.

    Don't miss the Dragon Head Fountain! It was built to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, International Races in 1985.

    Dragon Head Fountain
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    Victoria Harbor: Viewing Deck

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 3, 2013

    Viewing Deck is a pedestrian bridge built above the Kowloon Public Pier, allow visitors to get the best view of the Victoria Harbour. This bridge is operated between 7:00am to 11:00pm daily. It is quite amazing to see the view above ground, also prefect to have a romantic walk from here to Avenue of Stars and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. The Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch is displayed here, and a short walk to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

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    Victoria Harbor: Kowloon Public Pier

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 3, 2013

    Kowloon Public Pier is a public space next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminal, right by The Clock Tower and HK Cultural Centre. It is one of the best spots to see the Victoria Harbor from Kowloon to HK Island. During special occasions, there will be a public event hosted in this area.

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    Aqua Luna Junk Cruise

    by swissfondue Updated Aug 12, 2013

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    This is a very pleasant thing to do on a warm, sunny and hopefully clear day!

    The Aqua Luna does 45 minute harbour crossings on Tuesday and Friday afternoons and evening cruises daily including a 7.30pm depature to watch the Symphony of Lights show, but I did one of the trips to/from Stanley which operate on weekends departing Central Pier 9 at noon and Pier 1 on the Kowloon side at 12.15pm. The 90 minute trip to Stanley is very relaxing and shows the Hong Kong skyline from a wonderful new perspective. The return voyage departs at 3.30pm.

    A one way trip is HK$210 and includes one drink (alcoholic if prefered)

    http://www.aqua.com.hk/#/eng/global/hongKong/aquaLuna/concept gives prices and booking details for all cruises.

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    Don't miss the wonderful symphony of lights!

    by theguardianangel Updated Jul 29, 2012

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    The Symphony of Lights in the Victoria Harbor is a must see in Hong Kong.

    The show is a display of lights and lasers with the background of symphony music which is really amazing! I took a ride of the star ferry just for fun while watching the show and for the experience. The star ferry fare is around HK$2… as far as I can remember. At that time, I don’t want to go far from Tsim Sha Tsui (since it’s where I stay) so I decided to have a ride just to the next pier (pier 5)… then back again to TST (Tsim Sha Tsui). I think that’s the effect of traveling alone…???

    The show starts at 8pm having the display of lights and lasers that comes from the country's famous buildings in the Victoria Harbor like the HSBC tower, Bank of China, etc. It’s a very nice thing actually especially when all you want is to relax.

    the symphony of lights the star ferry a splendid view at the harbor pre-Christmas attraction in Victoria Harbor the show just got started
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    Sail on the Duk Ling

    by swissfondue Updated Jun 9, 2012

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    The Duk Ling is available for private tours and charters but a couple of times a week the Hong Kong Tourism Board gives tourists the opportunity to cruise the harbour on this beautifully restored Chinese Junk. It is a few years since I was onboard, but the Duk Ling is still giving visitors the chance to step back in time, though for a fully authentic experience you have to imagine the harbour without so many skyscrapers.

    Bookings for rides must be made in advance at the HKTB Kowloon Visitor Centre in the Star Ferry Terminal Concourse. The one hour sailings are only on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Participation is on a first come first served basis and only 30 places are available for each ride. You are required to present your passport when registering at the TST Visitor Centre. If my memory serves me correctly rides on the Duk Ling used to be free of charge. Tickets are now HK$100 per person.

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