For the first time visitor to Hong Kong there are many attractions to be seen, and usually very little time to see them, and for the movie buff in the family and its reputation as the “Hollywood of the Orient” has now been set in stone – quite literally – in the form of the city’s newest and most glistening tourist attraction: the Avenue of Stars.
Located on the Kowloon waterfront promenade with a superb harbor backdrop, the Avenue of Stars has been designed to extend the diversity and sophistication of Hong Kong’s attractions and enhance visitors’ experience, as well as to recognize the film industry’s contribution in promoting Hong Kong as a destination worldwide.
Visitors to this free-of-charge attraction can see pavement plaques commemorating Hong Kong movie personalities past and present, as well as milestone features outlining the local movie industry’s 100-year history. There are also a welcoming video, sculptures, souvenir kiosks and special lighting that makes the atmosphere even more enchanting at night. And prominent beside the entrance is a magnificent statue modeled on the famous Hong Kong Film Awards statuette, donated by the Hong Kong Film Awards Association (HKFAA).
This new attraction meets a growing demand from visitors to see and learn more about their favorite Hong Kong movies and movie stars. The increasing worldwide popularity of Hong Kong-based films in recent years has helped put the city on the international map as a tourist destination and showcased its unique fusion of Eastern and Western cultures. Seeing popular locations like The Peak, the harbour front or Lan Kwai Fong on screen stimulates overseas film-lovers’ desire to come and discover these places for themselves.In addition, Hong Kong’s association with the international glamour of movie making and movie stars has helped reinforce Hong Kong’s reputation as a trendy, fashionable and cosmopolitan city.
The Peak is a tourist attraction that you don’t want to miss, and offers an incredible view by day or night of Hong Kong Island. Located on Hong Kong Island, and accessible by bus or tram it offers shops, my first trip up to the peak I utilized a small green mini bus, quite the adventure as there must be 20 or 30 90 degree turns up to the peak, definitely not for those that get car sick, or motion sick, the second time up, I took the Peak Tram, a slow easy paced tram ride up to the peak in 1/3 the time.
Also, for those with a little energy to spare, there is a beautiful 1 – 1 1/2 walk that you can take around the peak and gives you access to vistas of the city available only by foot. The Peak is the perfect place to experience the sharp contrast of city, harbor and green. The incredible vistas from The Peak is one reason why it is the most popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong.
You can get even more out of your visit by taking a stroll around The Peak. You will experience stunning bird’s eye views of skyscrapers that form city canyons, beautiful green mountains and a unique harbor. This walk covers an easy level path, with an optional walking route that will take you from The Peak back to the city. This is definitely a walk that should not be missed. It is sure to heighten your Peak experience.
In addition for those with their walking shoes along, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has developed ten walks with detailed directions and insight. Each of these diverse and fascinating walks will introduce you to incredible experiences that you will cherish; from traditional culture and heritage to out of the way places beyond the city’s bustling urban areas.
Choose any of the walks in their informative guide and you will be delighted by the diversity and sophistication of Hong Kong. This is a city of contrasts: East meets West throughout the day; city, harbor and green interlink; and ancient heritage, culture and festivals thrive in a modern world. As you walk, treat yourself to the tempting shopping and eating opportunities. From Hong Kong to Lantau Island to Kowloon you will not disappointed in the variety available to those looking for a little exercise and excitement.
If you are a little more adventure-some you can take any number of trails throughout Hong Kong, but Visit a Country Park Visitor Center for up-to-date information and advice on your hiking route and conditions at your destination. Hong Kong is a tropical region and you may find a few obstacles not found in your local area. Be safe and you will have a great time enjoying all that Hong Kong has to offer. For more Attractions and in depth information on Hong Kong visit the links in the authors bio below.