Thursday, April 10, 2008

Avenue of the Stars

We spent 7 days in Hong Kong in total, & the closest we ever got to seeing movie stars was at Avenue of the Stars at the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade.

Avenue of the Stars is a long stretch of tiled esplanade that stretches from the clock tower (near the Cultural Centre & the ferrypoint/wharf) all the way to the other end. It's probably about 1 km long.
The walkway is lined with cemented hand prints of Hong Kong movie stars just like in the Hollywood.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame guarded by Darth Vader's Storm Trooper.

That was Hollywood, but this was Hong Kong.

Oh look! There's Datuk Michelle Yeoh!

And Cecelia Cheung Pak Chi

And Jackie Chan!

And Maggie Cheung!

Nee went beserk over Jacky Cheung. I almost lost her... but she came back.

Along the way, there were cartoony souvenier stalls that make lots of money from ang mo tourists.

And as you walk further down, it gets more & more cartoony.

At some point, you're beginning to wonder if this was Disneyland.

There was even a small souvenier shop that sold Hong Kong movie memorabillias, but it was closed.

I thought this action figure was the coolest.

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once,
but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” (Bruce Lee)

It was obvious that Bruce Lee was the largest star of all. He was larger than life itself.

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” (Bruce Lee)

Bruce Lee has a tendency to speak in quote-like manner, like the old grandmaster of Kung Fu who lives in a cave high in the mountains,

or like Yoda.

And of all Bruce Lee's quotes, I find this one to be the most thought provoking.

“If you make an ass out of yourself, there will always be someone to ride you” (Bruce Lee)

Oh by the way, I almost forgot to tell you - I won an award.


Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

now who took these photos? ck must've helped u?? i think u won the award for tt pic of the cartoony stall with a blue backdrop.

never been to this part of hk. is it new?

Greg Wee said...

Hi Terri. Thanks for the 'compliment'. But let me set the record straight. All photos on this blog is taken by me unless I give credit otherwise. I've NEVER used any tripods for my shoots so far. Now that I've thought about it, maybe I should bring one along for night shoots next time.

Greg Wee said...

I think the Avenue of Stars was launched in 2003.

NEE said...

My poor baby...slap slap. tat is wat you get for being lazy generally. so one or two good shots ppl thot it is not you.

A Terri: I can vouch for him. Ck was walking around on his own. no where in sight then. he he...

WoMbOk™♂ said...

Bruce Lee is my hero. A real champ.

It's a shame he left us so soon.

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