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Travel Bug Tuesday – Striking a pose with Bruce Lee in Hong Kong

Photo of the Bruce Lee statue on the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong overlooking Victoria Harbour and Central.

There’s something about Hong Kong which captivates me every time I visit. I’m a bit of a nut for this city, this diverse city which can take you up into mountains seemingly untouched by people, through the busiest street into a tiny cafe which is actually the worlds cheapest michelin starred restaurant, or sailing on a boat around the islands – all of this within half an hour of each other.

It is the waterways which really make Hong Kong a special place. Without them Hong Kong wouldn’t be one of the busiest ports in the world, without them thousands of people would have to take up residence in an already over populated city instead of being self-sustaining on the water, and without them the water ways one of the most impressive sky lines in the world couldn’t be viewed by the millions of visitors which pass through the city every year.

Along Victoria Harbour, with popular shopping and tourist area Kowloon on one side and the business district of Central on the other is plenty of things for visitors to experience, but only one is home to Bruce Lee.

The Avenue of the Stars, which pays homage to Hong Kong’s cinema scene, takes up much of the waterfront near Tsim Sha Tsui, or TST as the locals refer to it. Along there you will find the Asian equivalent of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with hand prints, displays and plenty of photo opportunities, but my favourite stop is by the status of Bruce Lee.

You see it is by the Bruce Lee statue that people pull their best karate poses in front of the man who made martial art films so popular in Western culture, and because they’re laughing about pulling poses you can laugh with them.

Have you pulled a martial artist pose with Bruce Lee in Hong Kong?

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6 Comments

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    James
    May 2, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I love those first two paragraphs – they really give a sense of just how much you enjoy my hometown. Are you back in (R)Adelaide now, or are you still on the road?

    Drop me a message the next time you come by Hong Kong, I’d be more than happy to give you a few pointers on going off the beaten track!

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      Nicole
      May 2, 2012 at 4:22 am

      Aww thanks James! Hong Kong is without a doubt one of my favourite places to visit and somewhat feels like a second home (despite not being able to speak a word of the language… yet!)

      I’m based in Melbourne for the next month or so before heading to San Francisco. You’re back in Hong Kong, yes? Any plans on the horizon?

      Would love to catch up when I’m back in Hong Kong (or you’re here in Australia) and hear all your tips. I have put a reminder in my diary to email you. Thanks!

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        James
        May 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        No worries Nicole! I wouldn’t worry about the language issue, with all those tones it’s impossibly difficult to learn – even I speak bad Cantonese!

        It looks like I’ll be starting a full-time job in June so I plan on doing a few trips while I still can. On Friday I’m teaming up with another travel blogger to spend a week in Laos (via a stopover in Malaysia) and then towards the end of the month I’ll be going into Southern China overland.

        Melbourne sounds so interesting, I would love to spend a few months Down Under at some point!

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    Jonathan
    May 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Great article about the Bruce Lee statue at the Avenue of the Stars!
    I’ve been to Hong Kong a couple of times and I’ll admit I’ve “struck a pose” next to the Bruce Lee statue as well.
    My wife, who took the picture, told me there were students standing around the statue saying “that guy looks so cool” in Cantonese.

    If you’re interested in seeing the picture, you can see it for yourself here:
    http://www.hongkongtripguide.com/avenue-of-the-stars.html

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    Dave from ACoupleTravelers
    May 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Love that statue!

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    David Litchfield
    August 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I certainly am also captivated by this amazing city . The description above captures some of the awsome intensity of the landscape . Having visited a couple of times myself , a visitor cannot help but be struck by the contrast of the tall commercial and residential buildings and towers , set against the wild forrest mountains . Often stopping to stare and try to get a grasp… an understanding…of the size of the buildings , and of course , can that really be a mountain behind it ? …. its unlike anything i have experianced . The neon lit streets at dusk , with the dark grey and mist shrouded mountain peak if you look to any horizon you can see from the street , its really something . Take time to check out the museums , the museum of art in tst , not far from Mr lee’s staue on the avenue of stars is a good place to start the museum exploration , easy to find and accesible , not pompus , you get a good feeling for the historic and contemperary , without feeling uncomfortable . yhen move on to the quieter less “tourist” oriantated art if you have the time .
    Hong kong is a great place with a fascinating cultural history and phenominal landscape . Try to drink it all in . The Temples are a must see and often surprisingly tranqill bearing in mind that some are in such busy streets , or for the more adventurous get to 10000 golden budhas in shatin . or the big buddha on lantau ( busy with tourists this one , but take the cable car up for a great visual treat , its o.k….. you can avoid the quies and get a bus and ferry back to central. Too much to describe …. but I really am fond of Hong Kong

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