Friday, September 23, 2011
Going to the United States must be a dream for most Asian people. The country has been one of the most popular destinations in the world. One of the attractions that becomes the magnet to visitors is its famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you could find hundreds of handprints of famous movie stars. Imagine yourself walking on a red carpet, welcomed by the screaming of hundreds of fans shouting your name. O yeah, you must love being in that situation. However, if you don’t have much money yet would like to have somewhat similar experience, you could go to the Asian version of Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hong Kong, called the Avenue of Stars. The site is a free attraction that can be enjoyed by all people of all ages.
For years, Hong Kong has been acknowledged as the leading country of filmmaking in Asia. Its film industry enjoys over than 100 years of history. In order to celebrate the glory of Hong Kong’s film industry, to pay tribute to Hong Kong’s film professionals, and to promote Hong Kong’s tourism, Hong Kong Tourism Board along with some other branches of Hong Kong government decided to build a promenade in front of the appealing Victoria Harbor, called The Avenue of Stars. The construction of this avenue has even boosted Hong Kong’s position as the “Hollywood of the East” country in Asia.
On my first visit to Hong Kong, Michelle and I, after visiting the Clock Tower, strolled around the Tsim Sha Tsui area to find the famous promenade. It is quite easy to reach there. You just need to take MTR and get off at Tsim Sha Tsui station and take exit E, or you could take a Ferry. The Avenue of Stars has unique beauty tourists cannot resist. Therefore, it becomes a must visit place for all tourists. The site is open to public visits day and night. However, the best time to visit it is either in the morning or late in the evening. In the evening, the view is even more breathtaking with the illumination of tons of twinkling lights.
Located at the Tsim Sha Tsui area, the Avenue of Stars is a 440-meter long promenade at the edge of the Victoria Harbor. The structure is modeled after its forerunner, the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the USA. No wonder this site is often referred as the Hollywood of the Orient. The original idea to build this avenue is to commemorate the history and achievements of Hong Kong’s film industry that for years has been very influential to the neighboring Asian countries even worldwide, and to honor movie professionals who have contributed to the success of Hong Kong’s film industry. It does not only honor movie makers, but also producers, directors and other well-deserving members of Hong Kong’s film industry community.
At the entrance to the avenue, a 4.5 meter-tall bronze statue of a woman triumphantly holding high a movie award is ready to welcome visitors. Located in the middle of the avenue, the statue has become the iconic symbol of the site.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
In the next few weeks, let’s join me explore Hong Kong, one of the most crowded cities in the world that has the world’s best International airport. During my stay in Guangzhou in 2009, I had always wanted to visit Hong Kong. My friends subsequently asked me to join with them to go there. However, due to visa restriction, I had no other choice than staying in Guangzhou. Disappointed? Yes, indeed I was. Once I obtained multiple-entry visa, I planned a series of trips to Hong Kong and Macau. Unfortunately, by the time I had the visa, most of my friends had visited those places and they did not plan to go there in the nearest time. I did not want to travel by myself. I thought I would not be able to make my dream come true. Time went by very quickly and the time for me to go back to my native country was approaching.
I wondered when and how I could go to Hong Kong. I was very curious to know what the city looks like. Many friends of mine who have visited it gave very nice remarks about the city. They said Hong Kong is the center for shopping branded goods with cheap prices. Others had said it is a place for food culinary and so on. The more I heard their stories, the more I became eager to see it.