Hong Kong’s answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Avenue of Stars has been one of the most popular hotspots for tourists since opening in 2004. The 457-metre stretch along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront has been closed for nearly four years for some much-needed repairs and revitalisation. However, the stars have aligned as the attraction is finally re-opening to the public on Jan 31, just ahead of Chinese New Year and the celebratory fireworks display on Feb 6.
So, what’s changed? The biggest transformation along the promenade is that there’s more shade, more public seating and a lot more greenery. The goal of the redesign was to transform the space into one of the most sustainable promenades in Hong Kong. This has been achieved by banning the sale of any plastic bottled beverages along this section of the waterfront, as well as installing tons of recycling bins. There’ll be an old Hong Kong-style kiosk and seven moving carts offering local snacks and fun souvenirs. Later in the year, we’ve been promised the opening of a movie-themed café too. Another big – well, biggish – thing is the installation of Hong Kong’s first wave energy demonstrator, to help educate the public on this renewable energy source. (Don’t expect it to generate much power, though.)
Of course, all your favourite cinematic idols and icons are making a return to TST, including the famous Bruce Lee statue and 117 handprints of movie stars. And since it’s Year of the Pig, beloved local cartoon character McDull is getting a prime spot in front of the Victoria Harbour skyline.
Even without this reopening, expect to be fighting the masses to catch the best view of the Lunar New Year fireworks next week.