Here goes the Part 9 as well as the last blog post of my recent fulfilling trip to Hong Kong - Avenue of Stars 星光大道 located near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station 尖沙咀站.
I must say that this recent whole Hong Kong trip was a real awesome one. In fact, it is one of my best overall trips that I've ever taken. I'm the independent frugal type who likes to plan and do what I want to do. This structured of a trip was a huge leap of faith for me. At the end of the trip, it was clear to me that my local knowledge and detailed organisation made all the difference.
I’ve been travelling quite a lot for most of my life in the recent years and I’ve found that the act of travel provides some of the best catalysts for growth in the human experience. Along the way, I encountered difficulties as well as rewards and the journey transformed me for the better. Life challenges such as being able to live well everyday can be the one thing that shakes our world up enough to wake us up to the fact that life is truly a gift. And if we are smart and we listen carefully to the messages, it might just help guide us to our authentic self. This is why I am so passionate about promoting leading a good life through my photography lens and living a more harmonious lifestyle. And why it is so important for me to provide sound information from my own personal experience in travel trips that it will be useful in your search for living a healthier, more natural and balanced life. I hope all of you have been enjoying reading my photography blog so far and of course, i also wish that all of you will continue to stay happy and healthy too.
Avenue of Stars 星光大道, located on the shore of Hong Kong's Victoria Bay (near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station), is something like the Chinese version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
If i am to be precise, i should say this is Hong Kong's version, because most stars who are paid tribute here are natives of Hong Kong or became famous because they starred in Hong Kong movies. I definitely recommend a visit of this part of Kowloon, not only because of all the monuments, but also because you have a great view of Hong Kong's famous skyline. I recommend you to see the Avenue of Stars at day and night. And when you go at night, be there around 8pm. There will be tons of people and you'll hear a plenty of ohs and awwwws. It's truly magical.
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, enjoy the harbor air and tourists go to see the light show at night and to take photographs. 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.
I was unprepared for the spectacular sights that awaited me there. The natural beauty was breathtaking! Thick morning clouds hovered around this beautiful mountainous area. As i gazed down to view the beautiful Catalonian countryside thousands of feet below, it felt surreal. One felt peaceful and serene.
The location on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade offers incredible panoramic views of the famed Victoria Harbour and the memorable Hong Kong skyline.
The sidewalk and pedestrian area have 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 Bruce Lee.
A significant number of stars honoured are local movie stars from some 50 years ago. A small number of more recent stars (or stars known to the Western world) including Chow Yun-Fat, John Woo, Anita Mui, Jet Li, Jacky Chan and Tony Leung are also featured at the Avenue of Stars.
The view at Avenue of Stars 星光大道 is lovely in the evening when it's illuminated with tons of twinkling lights. It is also especially a good place from which to watch the night time Symphony of Lights, a must-see for visitors to Hong Kong.
I sincerely hope that all of you had enjoyed browsing the total 9 Parts of my recent trip to Hong Kong where some of the photos taken and stories involved some travel back in time. Some nostalgia. For your info, I will be travelling soon again to another place in early next month (May) and one planned in June. I will sure have lots of photos and stories to amaze all of you with in the next few months, or perharps i should say for the Year 2012. :-)
Why is travel so important for living a fulfilling life? Each time I travel, I find my sense of wonder and appreciation for life expands. I learn from the new people and places around me and come home altogether feeling more alive and refreshed. I found myself truly enjoying my little “field trip” to a new building, seeing new people and having new experiences.
It is of course ideal to make a conscious effort to do things differently in one’s daily life in order to avoid falling into “robot mode.” However, there is no question that it’s easier when one travels because the very fact of being in a new place means one has to pay more attention, i.e. be more aware and alive.
Furthermore, one’s belief in what is possible expands as one sees new places and creations. This is one of the reasons why the 'knowledge-wealthy' people are called “jet-setters”. They understand the value of expanding their beliefs in bigger possibilities based on new experiences.
Also, the more one travels and sees a variety of places, the more one can relate to all kinds of people, which is a boon for developing relationships.
So, plan a vacation – it will be good for you and your life! Bon voyage!
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