Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong

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Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong
Avenue of Stars 201901.jpg
Chinese星光大道

The Avenue of Stars (Chinese: 星光大道), modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is an avenue located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It honours celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry.[1]

History[edit]

Avenue of Stars before renovation in 2015
The hand prints and autograph of director John Woo

Establishment[edit]

In 1982, the New World Group built a promenade along the waterfront around the New World Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon. In 2004, the Group announced it would spend HK$40 million to build the Avenue of Stars, a project supported by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Tourism Commission, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government and the Hong Kong Film Awards Association.

The avenue was opened to the general public on 28 April 2004 with an opening ceremony held the previous day, 27 April 2004. The opening ceremony was presided over by a number of government and industry figures, including Henry Tang (Financial Secretary), Stephen Ip (Secretary for Economic Development and Labour), Patrick Ho (Secretary of Home Affairs), Selina Chow (Chair of Hong Kong Tourism Board), Manfred Wong (Director/Actor), and Cheng Yu Tung (Chair of New World Group); in which the privately funded avenue was handed over to the Hong Kong SAR government as public property. At opening, the avenue honoured an initial 73 inductees elected by the Hong Kong Film Awards Association and the readers of City Entertainment.

Redevelopment controversy[edit]

After having managed the avenue for 11 years, its contract is due to expire. It was announced in August 2015 that the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong government would redevelop and expand the avenue jointly with the company.[2] The Hong Kong government declared that the enhancement project would contain limited commercial appeal, and no luxury shops or high-end restaurants would be added.[3] The walkway, very popular with tourists, is to be closed off and relocated to the Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden temporarily for three years while the expansion is undertaken.[4]

The decision to award the contract for the redevelopment to the company without putting it out to tender, on the justification that the project was non-profit, sparked controversy locally.[5] Residents' groups and other development companies owning properties adjacent to the walk expressed discontent, whilst the LCSD claimed that consultations with the local district council had been favourable.[6] In an apparent attempt to de-fuse the public furore at the apparent collusion between government and big business, the government promised a public consultation.[7]

Renovation[edit]

On 31 January 2019, the Avenue was reopened to the public after 3 years of renovation , redesigned by New York High Line architect James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) together with other international and local designers. [8]

Description[edit]

The Avenue of Stars is the eastern node of several tourist attractions along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. In addition to the promenade and New World Centre, a number of attractions exist including the Museum of Art, Space Museum, Cultural Centre and the Clock Tower.

Entering from Salisbury Garden, a 4.5-metre-tall replica of the statuette given to winners at the Hong Kong Film Awards greets visitors. Along the 440-metre promenade, the story of Hong Kong's one hundred years of cinematic history is told through inscriptions printed on nine red pillars. Set into the promenade are plaques honouring the celebrities. Some plaques contain hand prints and autographs of the stars set in cement, but most of the plaques only contain celebrities' names as they are now deceased. A 2.5-metre bronze statue of Bruce Lee was erected along the Avenue of Stars in 2005.

The promenade commands a stunning panoramic view across Victoria Harbour. At night it is a popular viewing place for the Symphony of Lights display.

A large replica of the 2008 Summer Olympics torch will be on permanent display here.

List of stars[edit]

The following people have received plaques on the avenue of stars.[9]
Note: People in the list who were born before 1949 in the Republic of China are not from modern day Taiwan, but from mainland China, which the Republic of China encompassed until the end of the last civil war.

# Name Place of birth Residence Genre Notes Picture
1. Lai Man-Wai (1893–1953) Japan Hong Kong silent film actor; later as producer and director deceased
2. Florence Lim (1905–1979) Vancouver, Canada Hong Kong actress married to Lai Man Wai - deceased
3. Butterfly Hu (1907 or 1908–1989) Shanghai, Republic of China Hong Kong actress star from 1924 to 1960s - deceased
4. Sir Run Run Shaw (1907–2014) Ningbo, Imperial China Hong Kong Hong Kong media mogul, founder of TVB deceased Sir Run Run Shaw, Avenue of Stars.JPG
5. Wong Man Lei (1913-1998) Hong Kong Hong Kong actress started with Ji Nan Film Company and later with TVB and RTV; Chief Executive of South China Film Industry Workers Union; Lifetime Achievement Award of the Hong Kong FilmAwards (1995) - deceased
6. Zhu Shi Lin (1899–1967) Taicang, Republic of China Hong Kong film director deceased
7. Tso Tat Wah (1915–2007) Taishan, Guangdong, Republic of China Hong Kong actor deceased
8. Lo Duen (1911-2000) Hong Kong Hong Kong actor and scriptwriter Lifetime Achievement Award of the Hong Kong Film Critics'Association (1998) - deceased
9. Griffin Yue Feng (1909-1999) Shanghai, Republic of China Hong Kong actor and Huangmei opera star Lifetime Achievement Award by the Film Directors' Guild (1991) - deceased
10. Kwan Tak-hing (1905–1996) Guangzhou, Republic of China actor deceased
11. Cheung Wood Yau (1910-1985) Hong Kong Hong Kong Cantonese opera star opera star 1940 and 1950s; later joined TVB and retired 1982 - deceased
12. Ng Cho Fan Hong Kong Canada actor Greatest Individual Achievement Award given by the Cultural Ministry of the People's Republic of China
13. Tang Wing Cheung (1916–1997) Shunde, Guangdong, Republic of China Hong Kong Cantonese opera star Opera King of Charity - deceased
14. Pak Yin (1920-1987) Guangzhou, China Hong Kong actress retired 1964 - deceased
15. Zhou Xuan (1920–1957) Changzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong singer and film actress deceased
16. Cheung Ying (1919-1984) Fujian, Republic of China Hong Kong actor died in Canada 1984
17. Li Tit Hong Kong Hong Kong actor star 1930s and 1940s; Lifetime Achievement Award by the Film Directors'Guild (1995)
18. Wu Pang (1909-2000) Shanghai, Republic of China Hong Kong director directed 58 Wong Fei Hung films - deceased
19. Yam Kim-fai (1912-1989) Nanhai, Republic of China Hong Kong opera star deceased
20. Shek Kin (1913–2009) Panyu, Guangdong, Republic of China Hong Kong film and TV actor deceased
21. Li Li-hua (1924-2017) Heibei, Republic of China Hong Kong and United States actress deceased
22. Bai Guang (1921–1999) Beijing, Republic of China Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia singer and actress deceased
23. Ng Wui (1913–1996) Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong director and actor actor and co-founder of Union Film Enterprise Ltd; starred in over 100 films and directed over 200 films; later with RTV - deceased
24. Pak Suet Sin Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong Chinese opera star
25. Hung Sin-nui (1924–2013) Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong and China singer and actress deceased
26. Chun Kim Hong Kong Hong Kong writer and director founded Kong Ngee Co
27. Yu So-chow (1930–2017) Beijing, Republic of China Hong Kong and San Francisco, United States Chinese opera deceased
28. Leung Sing Po Hong Kong Hong Kong Cantonese opera star later wutg TVB; award MBE 1976
29. Tang Kei Chen Taiwan Hong Kong radio anchor and radio actor/comedian; moved to Canada 1975
30. Tang Pik-wan (1924-1991) Sanshui, Guangdong, Republic of China Hong Kong Cantonese opera star/actress deceased Avenue of Stars - Tang Bik Wan.JPG
31. Fong Yim Fun Hong Kong Hong Kong Chinese opera
32. Miranda Yang (1933–2016) Shanghai, Republic of China Hong Kong actress and producer deceased
33. Linda Ching (Lin Dai) (1934–1964) Guilin, Guangxi, Republic of China Hong Kong actress took her own life in 1964 - deceased
34. Woo Fung Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong actor, director
35. You Min – Lucialla Yu Ming Hong Kong Hong Kong Cantonese operat star and actress retired 1964
36. Patrick Tse Yin Guangdong, Republic of China Hong Kong and Vancouver, Canada Hong Kong film and TV actor, screenwriter, producer
37. Li Han-hsiang (1926–1996) Jinxi, Liaoning, Republic of China Hong Kong director died of a heart attack in 1996
38. Loke Wan Tho (1915–1964) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Taiwan cinema owner deceased LokeWanTho-HKG-AvenueOfStars2.jpg
39. Roy Chiao (1927–1999) Shanghai, Republic of China Seattle, United States actor interpreter for the US Army during the Korean War - deceased
40. Patricia Lam Fung Hong Kong Hong Kong retired 1967 and died 1976
41. Chang Cheh (1923–2002) Shanghai, Republic of China Hong Kong film director deceased
42. Chor Yuen Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong actor
43. King Hu (1932–1997) Beijing, Republic of China Taiwan and Hong Kong director deceased
44. Ivy Ling Po Shantou, Republic of China Hong Kong opera star
45. Connie Chan Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong actress and singer
46. Josephine Siao Fong Fong Suzhou, Jiangsu Republic of China Hong Kong actress
47. Fung Bo Bo Sandakan, North Borneo Hong Kong film and TV actress
48. Jimmy Wang Yu Wuxi, Jiangsu, Republic of China Hong Kong actor, producer, director and screenwriter
49. Tommy Ti Lung Xinhu, Republic of China Hong Kong actor
50. David Chiang Hong Kong Hong Kong and Vancouver, Canada actor David Chiang, Avenue of Stars.jpg
51. Leonard Ho Kwong Cheong (1925–1998) Hong Kong Hong Kong publicity officer and production officer at Shaw Brothers later vice-chairman at Golden Harvest - deceased
52. Raymond Chow (1927-2018) Hong Kong Hong Kong film director deceased Raymond Chow, Avenue of Stars.JPG
53. Bruce Lee (1940–1973) San Francisco, United States Hong Kong martial artist, actor Founder of Jeet Kune Do, voted Greatest Martial Artist of All Time - deceased Avenue of Stars Bruce Lee.jpg
54. Ng See-yuen Hong Kong Hong Kong director
55. Michael Hui Panyu, Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong comedian, director and screenwriter
56. Sam Hui Hong Kong Hong Kong actor and Hong Kong pop singer Sam Hui's handprint.JPG
57. Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia Taipei, Taiwan actress Brigitte Lin, Avenue of Stars.JPG
58. Sammo Hung Kam Po Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong actor Sammo Hung, Avenue of Stars.JPG
59. Jackie Chan Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong film actor Jackie Chan star.JPG
60. John Woo Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong film director HKAvenueOfStar.jpg
61. Yuen Woo-ping Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong director and martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, Avenue of Stars.JPG
62. Ann Hui on Wah Anshan, Liaoning, Republic of China Hong Kong director
63. Tsui Hark [1] Saigon, South Vietnam Hong Kong director
64. Chow Yun-fat Hong Kong Hong Kong TV and film actor
65. Leslie Cheung (1956–2003) Hong Kong Hong Kong, Vancouver, Canada Cantopop singer and film actor deceased
66. Andy Lau Hong Kong Hong Kong Cantopop singer and film actor Avenue of the Stars 星光大道 (5284210776).jpg
67. Jet Li Beijing, China Hong Kong and Singapore film actor Avenue of the Stars 星光大道 (5284210372).jpg
68. Maggie Cheung Hong Kong Hong Kong and United Kingdom TV and film actress
69. Anita Mui (1963–2003) Hong Kong Hong Kong and Vancouver, Canada Cantopop singer and film actress deceased Anita Mui, Avenue of Stars.JPG
70. Tony Leung Chiu-wai Hong Kong Hong Kong TV and film actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai Hands.jpg
71. Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Hong Kong film actress Michelle Yeoh Star (2043368358).jpg
72. Wong Kar-wai Shanghai, China Hong Kong director
73. Stephen Chow Hong Kong Hong Kong director and film actor
74. Ms Tsi Law Lin Hong Kong Hong Kong actress
75. Lam Kar Sing (1933-2015) Hong Kong Hong Kong Chinese opera actor deceased
76. Wong Tin-lam (1927–2010) Shanghai, Republic of China Hong Kong scriptwriter, producer, director, and actor deceased
77. Bow Fong Hong Kong Hong Kong actor
78. Lau Kar-leung (1934–2013) Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong film and TV actor deceased
79. Shek Wai Jiangzu, Republic of China Hong Kong movie actress wife of actor Fu Chi
80. Fu Chi Liaoning, Republic of China Hong Kong actor and director husband of Shek Wai
81. Grace Chang Shanghai, Republic of China Hong Kong actress and singer
82. Patsy Kar Ling Hong Kong Bangkok, Thailand actress retired and living in Bangkok
83. Kwan Shan (1933–2012) Shenyang, Liaoning, Republic of China Hong Kong actor deceased
84. Lo Wai (1918–1996) Jiangsu, Republic of China Hong Kong actor deceased
85. Tong Kai Macau Hong Kong martial arts coordinator for Chinese Opera and movie choreographer
86. Nee Kwong Ningbo, Zhejiang, Republic of China Hong Kong novelist and screenwriter
87. James Wong (1941–2004) Panyu, Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong lyricist and writer deceased
88. Karl Maka Taishan, Guangzhou, Republic of China Hong Kong producer, director, actor and presenter
89. Eric Tsang Hong Kong Hong Kong film and TV actor, TVB MC Avenue of Stars Eric Tsang.JPG
90. William Chang Suk Ping Hong Kong Hong Kong film editor, production designer and art director
91. Tony Leung Ka-fai Hong Kong Hong Kong film actor
92. Anthony Wong Chau Sang Hong Kong Hong Kong TV and film actor
93. Cecilia Cheung Hong Kong Hong Kong film actress Cecilia Cheung, Avenue of Stars.JPG
94. Lai Pak-hoi (1889–1950) Xinhui, Guangdong, Imperial China Hong Kong actor and producer deceased
95. Kenneth Tsang Shanghai, Republic of China Hong Kong TV and film actor HK TST Promenade Avenue of Stars Mr Kenneth Tsang Aug-2012.jpg
96. Sylvia Chang Chiayi, Taiwan Taiwan film actress
97. Jacky Cheung Hong Kong Hong Kong Cantopop singer and film actor Jacky Cheung, Avenue of Stars.JPG
98. Lau Ching Wan Hong Kong Hong Kong TV and film actor
99. Aaron Kwok Hong Kong Hong Kong TV and film actor, Cantopop singer
100. Gong Li Shenyang, Liaoning, China China and Singapore film actress
101. Leon Lai Beijing, China Hong Kong TV and film actor, Cantopop singer
102. Deanie Ip Tak-han Dapengcheng, Guangdong, Republic of China Hong Kong singer and film actress
103. Simon Yam Tat-wah Hong Kong Hong Kong actor and film producer
104. Kara Hui Ying-Hung Shandong, China Hong Kong film actress
105. Carina Lau Kar-ling Suzhou, Jiangsu, China Hong Kong TV and film actress
106. Louis Koo Tin-lok Hong Kong Hong Kong TV and film actor
107. Nicholas Tse Ting-fung Hong Kong Hong Kong, Vancouver, Canada Singer and actor son of actor Patrick Tse
108. McDull Hong Kong Hong Kong Cartoon character created by Brian Tse and Alice Mak[10]

AoS McDull statue.JPG

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeWolf, Christopher "9 Hong Kong tourist traps – for better or worse" Archived 1 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine CNN Go. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2012
  2. ^ http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=5&art_id=160695&sid=44880224&con_type=1&d_str=20150831&fc=1[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Hong Kong Avenue of Stars expansion won't feature luxury shops or posh restaurants, top officials says amid outcry". Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Lights out for Avenue of Stars as iconic Hong Kong site set to shut down for three years despite public outcry". Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Public outcry over Avenue of Stars plan is a message to the Hong Kong government: no bending of the rules will be tolerated". Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront enhancement plan faces opposition". 11 August 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Hong Kong government pledges consultation on controversial Avenue of Stars revamp". Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  8. ^ Hannah Grogan (1 February 2019). "Hong Kong Avenue Of Stars reopens with new look". Architect. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Avenue of Stars". AOS Management Ltd. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  10. ^ "City Of Stars Now Showing". Avenue of Stars. Retrieved 17 May 2019.

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Coordinates: 22°17′35.15″N 114°10′29.14″E / 22.2930972°N 114.1747611°E / 22.2930972; 114.1747611