The Avenue of Stars is basically a sidewalk on the shore of Hong
Kong's Victoria Bay that is modeled after the Hollywood Walk of
Fame. The sidewalk and pedestrian area has the handprints and
signatures of famous Hong Kong actors such as Jackie Chan and metal
sculptures of Hong Kong actors or film industry figures such as
It stretches for about 440 meters along the shoreline, and there
are benches and decorative plants. To keep people from falling into
the ocean below, there is a metal handrail along the sidewalk. Some
local people go there to enjoy the sight of the bay and the passing
ships, jog, and enjoy the harbor air, and tourists go to see the
light show at night and to take photographs.
This sidewalk attracts a lot of mainland Chinese. You can see most
of the tall buildings on Hong Kong Island here, and at night as
part of the light show, music and dialogue are played.
The Avenue of the Stars is also a great place to see A Symphony of
Lights, a spectacular light and laser show synchronized to music,
staged every night at 8:00pm. This is the "world's largest
permanent light and sound show" as recognized by the Guinness Book
of World Records.
A Symphony of Lights is put on at 8 PM for about 15 minutes when the weather is fair.
The Avenue of the Stars is a good place to watch it, but it is best
watched from a boat. Lasers, skylights, searchlights, LED effects
and some fireworks are used for visual effects. Amplifiers add
music and narration. About fifty of the big buildings on both sides
of the harbor participate. The technology was developed by an
Australian firm, and the show cost about 5 or 6 million USD to
develop. The Guinness Book of World Records says that the Symphony
of Lights is the world's largest permanent light and sound show. On
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the narration is in English. On
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, it is in Mandarin. On Sunday,
it is in Cantonese.
The Avenue of Stars' main theme is the history and accomplishment
of Hong Kong's film industry. Tablets for about 70 movie
celebrities are set in the sidewalk, and there are about 30 pairs
of handprints. At the entrance to the avenue is a big metal statue
of a woman and a small stage for performances and activities.
The Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront area next to the Star Ferry Terminal
and behind the Museum of Art, the Space Museum and the Hong Kong
Cultural Center. The pedestrian area starts at Salisbury Garden
that is a small public garden and ends at the Star Ferry docks.
In order to promote tourism and the large Hong Kong film industry
that is influential in Asia, the Hong Kong Tourism Board and some
branches of the Hong Kong government built this pedestrian area.
The opening ceremony was held on April 27, 2004. The project cost
about 5,000,000 USD. Actors, singers, directors and other stars put
their handprints in cement, and these cement blocks are inlaid in
- Sculptures, handprints and signatures of famous people in the Hong
Kong film and music industry.
- A big light, music, and fireworks show that starts at 8 pm every
day when the weather is OK.
- A pedestrian area for exercise and strolling. There are some
- A very good view of the harbor, the passing boats, and Hong Kong
- The major Hong Kong attractions of the Museum of Art, the Space Museum, and the Hong Kong Cultural Center are next to it.
- Enjoying the fresher air and the sunshine on the bay.
- Photographic opportunities with friends and family.
- Watching the passing boats and admiring the skyline.
- Visiting the Space Museum and the Museum of Art. Admission to the museums is free on Wednesdays.
- Visiting the Kong Kong Cultural Center
- Going to the Space Museum and catching an OMNIMAX style movie in their IMAX Theater. The standard ticket price is 3 USD or 4 USD depending on the
- Best Time to Visit: Hong Kong is still fairly warm and is drier in October and
November. The light show starts at 8 PM, but the evening sunset
views are great. If there is a storm warning of Level 3 or above
after 3 PM in the afternoon, the Symphony of Lights is canceled.
- Hours: It is an open sidewalk, but generally people come between dawn
and 10 PM.
- There is no admission fee.
Nearby in the Tsim Sha Tsui area are four of Hong Kong's best
museums and the Hong Kong Cultural Center. The sidewalk is behind the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Cultural Center, and the Space Museum. About a twenty-five minute walk away from the Avenue of the Stars
are the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Science Museum.