Bruce Lee pose statue Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2012: Tsim Sha Tsui, Chungking Mansion, Avenue Of Stars, and Kowloon Park

Date: 30th June 2012

Saturday morning, I decided to take the ferry over to Kowloon.

Pedestrian bridge to ferries Hong Kong
I took the MTR, got off at Central and walked the pedestrian bridge that takes you directly to the ferry terminal
General post office Hong Kong
Hong Kong General Post Office
Hong Kong island construction
The weather looked like it could rain – or the skies could clear up. In other words, a typical day in Hong Kong I guess.

Hong Kong roads expansionWay to ferry piers Hong Kong

Central pier Hong Kong
Central Pier

Hong Kong star ferry pier pillars

Star ferry pier waiting Hong Kong
Bought my HK$2 ticket
Star ferry kid on board Hong Kong
Star Ferry is one of the oldest ferry companies in Hong Kong, originally founded by an Indian back in 1880
ICC tower Tsim Sha Tsui ferry
The journey across Victoria Harbour takes less than 5 minutes

Deck Star Ferry Hong Kong

IFC tower Hong Kong island towers panorama
The skyline of Hong Kong island, from Kowloon Bay
Harbour city Kowloon Hong Kong
As soon as you get off the boat, lo and behold, a mall!
Pedestrian crossing Hong Kong
I walked towards the Avenue of Stars
Clock tower panorama Hong Kong
A historic Clock Tower back when there used to be a railway station terminal here
Clock tower Kowloon Hong Kong
It’s right next to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Hong Kong harbour walk
Walk this way to get to the Avenue of the Stars

Hong Kong Cultural centre open stage

Hong Kong Cultural centre building harbour
But I decided to check out the Cultural Centre first

Hong Kong Cultural Centre pillars

Inside Hong Kong Cultural centre panorama
It’s an indoor concert hall and theatre venue

Inside Hong Kong cultural centre

Hong Kong boats on Victoria Harbour
Aaand that was it. I was back out quick.
The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong panorama
The world famous Peninsula Hotel, one of Hong Kong’s oldest
Escalator to Nathan road Kowloon Hong Kong
Although I was supposed to check out the Avenue of Stars, I ended up crossing over to Tsim Sha Tsui

The Peninsula hotel maid cleaning Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hotel arcade Hong Kong
Needless to say, this is a pricey hotel
Kowloon Hong Kong sunny day
It was a rare sunny sky that I got when I clicked this
Chungking Mansion building Hong Kong
I was walking along Nathan Road when I saw the infamous Chungking Mansion across the road

At the time of booking rooms, I saw that many of Hong Kong’s hostels are located in this one building. But the user feedback on hostels.com about Chungking Mansion made it sound as though it was a rather shady place to be. The other problem was that it is a very cramped fourteen-storey tower with not enough elevators. Meaning you would have to wait rather long to get to your hostel or guesthouse.

Chungking mansion elevator wait Hong Kong
I didn’t book here because I didn’t want to waste time everyday waiting for an elevator
Punjabi restaurant shops Chungking mansion Hong Kong
Otherwise… this place wasn’t bad
African shops Chungking mansion Hong Kong
Although Indian businesses out number the others, many African have set up shop here too
Guesthouses Chungking mansion Hong Kong
There are plenty of hostels here, but be warned — some of them are not licensed
Indian dvds perfume store Hong Kong
DVDs and perfumes? Sure, why not.
Punjabi grocery store Chung King Hong Kong
A convenient place for Indian backpackers I guess

There are numerous restaurants in Chungking serving South Asian cuisine, with many Indian staff welcoming you to try their menu. After looking around quite a bit, I sat down at one on the ground floor itself.

Indian restaurant Chungking Hong Kong
Small place, decent food, reasonable prices

Although my meal cost close to HK$80 (Rs. 570/$10/€8), I was really full and quite satisfied. I guess nothing like a heavy Indian meal to stuff your tummy. The feeling of content couldn’t have been more complete thanks to the music. The restaurant was playing Bollywood songs from the mid-to-late 90s, songs like “Pardesi, Pardesi” from ‘Raja Hindustani’ and “Meri Mehmooba” from ‘Pardes’ (meaning “foreign land”). Songs from a period which were to be my last few years in Bahrain. I don’t know if the restaurant owners were just going with the whole ‘non-resident Indian’ theme but I kid you not, this was the soundtrack as I munched on my tandoori chicken. I’m no huge fan of Bollywood, but I enjoyed this lunch experience a lot 🙂

Chungking mansion alleyway magazines
I exited Chungking Mansion through an alleyway
Map of Kowloon bay underground
I walked back to Kowloon Bay to check out Avenue of Stars
Avenue of the Stars entrance Hong Kong
There is no entry ticket for ‘Avenue Of Stars’
Avenue of the Stars Kowloon Hong Kong
‘Avenue Of Stars’ is like Hollywood’s ‘Walk of Fame’ — only for Hong Kong cinema’s legends
Avenue of the Stars history trivia
Along with trivia about the industry’s humble beginnings
Avenue of the Stars walk Hong Kong
And Hong Kong cinema’s greatest export has been the martial arts films
Sammo Hung Avenue of the Stars Hong Kong
So although I couldn’t recognize some of the stars’ names, I did recognize names like Sammo Hung
Andy Lau Avenue of the Stars Hong Kong
Andy Lau

Avenue of the Stars history Hong Kong

Bronze statues Avenue of the Stars Hong Kong
Any such statues were crowded with tourists posing alongside it. This was snapped the one second they were spared.
Avenue of the Stars Hong Kong film industry trivia
Ahhh, the famous Golden Harvest film studio 🙂
Michelle Yeoh Avenue of Stars Hong Kong
Michelle Yeoh
Jackie Chan Avenue of Stars Hong Kong
This man was quite popular among the visitors 🙂
Chow Yun Fat Avenue of Stars Hong Kong
Chow Yun Fat
Avenue of Stars Jet Li Hong Kong
One of the most famous martial arts superstars
Bruce Lee Avenue of Stars statue
Of course, one Hong Kong cinema legend gets more than just a star
Bruce Lee statue Avenue of Stars Hong Kong
Because he deserves more for being the first great Asian superstar
Bruce Lee pose statue Hong Kong
The one and only Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee pose Avenue of Stars
Needless to say, everybody loves this hero!
Stephen Chow Avenue of Stars Hong Kong
The more recent superstars of Hong Kong cinema
Hong Kong Victoria Bay rain clouds Panorama
The dark clouds were creeping their way left to right, meaning it would rain any moment
Tourists posing in rain Avenue of Stars
And sure enough, it began to pour
Avenue of Stars heavy rain Hong Kong
Everybody sought cover under a pedestrian walkway
Raining Avenue of Stars Hong Kong
I waited for the rainclouds to pass
Tourist posing in rain Avenue of Stars Hong Kong
Of course, some tourists just couldn’t pass up the chance to take advantage of the statues now being free of other tourists just so they could pose next to them for photos!
Aaron Kwok Avenue of Stars Hong Kong
Took one last ‘star’ before leaving

I wondered why ‘Ip Man’ Donnie Yen hasn’t gotten a star yet, or maybe I failed to spot it.

Avenue of Stars Hong Kong
Although not a great attraction if you don’t know your Hong Kong cinema, Avenue of Stars is still worth a visit. It will at least encourage you to learn more about one of the most famous film industries in the world.
Kowloon waterfront Hong Kong
It was time to move on
Old men fishing Kowloon bay Hong Kong
I take it these old-timers have been fishing here long before the skyscrapers appeared

Cubical buildings Hong Kong

Kowloon Tsim Sha Tsui high-rises Hong Kong
This was a wide pedestrian bridge
Underpass highway Kowloon Hong Kong
And I ended up shooting a timelapse sequence here
Glass building reflection Kowloon Hong Kong
Lots of glass
Stairs pedestrian walkway Kowloon Hong Kong
Got down at Chatham Road

Pedestrian footpath Kowloon Hong Kong

Street walkway Kowloon Hong Kong
Walked up the road
Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district Hong Kong
… and then crossed
Tsim Sha Tsui SBI branch Hong Kong
Look, SBI (State Bank of India) in Hong Kong! 🙂

Dry cleaning laundry Kowloon Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui shops Kowloon Hong Kong
Tsim Sha Tsui isn’t just malls
Apple shop Kowloon Hong Kong
:). After all, Hong Kong is home to the Crocodile clothes brand, which got in to trouble with Lacoste for its logo.

Tsim Sha Tsui crossroads Kowloon Hong KongTsim Sha Tsui high-rise apartment building

Kowloon park entrance Hong Kong
I ended up walking all the way to Kowloon Park
Kowloon park Hong Kong
After hours of hustle and bustle, it got peaceful and quite all of a sudden

I freshened up at the public restrooms and then sat down to drink a lot of water. It was really calm inside here, and I wanted to give my feet some rest!

Condominiums Kowloon park Hong Kong
I imagine those apartments over-looking this park are very, very expensive
Kowloon park swimming pool Hong Kong
There’s a huge pool here too
Kowloon park umbrella old man Hong Kong
Kowloon park is a really nice place to relax
Kowloon park walking Hong Kong
A place to come for your walks too
Bird cage Kowloon park Hong Kong
There’s even a bird cage park
Kowloon park parrots Hong Kong
They have a variety of exotic birds
Birds cage Kowloon park Hong Kong
Although I had mixed feelings about seeing them here
Kowloon park walk Hong Kong
The site of Kowloon Park was once the camp barracks of the British Army during colonial times
Cannon Kowloon park Hong Kong
Thus the cannons
Kowloon park childrens playground Hong Kong
Still, Kowloon Park has a lot of nice facilities
Kowloon park sports centre Hong Kong
There’s even this multi-purpose sports centre

Kowloon park sports center Hong Kong

Tai-chi Kowloon park Hong Kong
Plenty of Tai-Chi going on here
Kowloon park Jordan Hong Kong
I made an exit
Austin Jordan station signs Hong Kong
I was now in Jordan
Turtle Kowloon restaurant Hong Kong
Saw this at a restaurant. Couldn’t make out what animal it was, but yeah, they serve it.
Roast duck restaurant Kowloon Hong Kong
This is ‘China’ after all :-/
Kowloon afternoon Hong Kong
I kept walking around
Sugarcane juice fruit stall Kowloon Hong Kong
I took a break to have some chilled sugarcane juice, which is always nice.
Chinese dried fruits store Kowloon Hong Kong
Plenty of more local fare on the Kowloon side
Nathan hotel road Kowloon Hong Kong
I was still walking along Nathan road
Temple street Jade market sign Kowloon
Plenty of markets this side of Hong Kong
Temple street arch Hong Kong
Temple Street
Temple street shopping stall Hong Kong
It was the usual fare of plush toys, bags, clothes, souvenirs, phone covers and accessories
Jordan crab seafood restaurants Hong Kong
And there are many restaurants to feed the scores of people who shop around these parts. This seemed like a popular seafood joint.
Pakistani restaurant rivalry Kowloon Hong Kong
This was a funny sight. The lady working at the restaurant to the left was calling out to the people waiting in line for the restaurant to the right, asking the patrons to sit in their restaurant instead. Ah Long vs. Ah Lung – sibling rivalry turned sour? 🙂
Jordan curry house Indian restaurant Kowloon Hong Kong
You have a few curry joints out here

Woosung temporary hawker centre Hong Kong

Public square rest garden Kowloon Hong Kong
Another public square
Jordan basketball court Hong Kong
I was still in the Jordan neighbourhood
Kowloon video arcade Hong Kong
I checked out a video arcade, since I missed them 🙂
Girls playing video games arcade Hong Kong
It was nice to see girls actively gaming as well
Mongkok shopping centre Hong Kong
I then took the train to Mong Kok which was only two stops away
Hong Kong toy stores Japanese imports
Ended up at CTMA Centre, which turned out to be a cool place if you’re young and geeky
Toys model figurines Japan imports Hong Kong display
Loads of toys and figurines – most of which are Japanese imports
The Avengers figurines display Hong Kong store
These figurines were highly detailed and super awesome
Iron Man figurine on display Hong Kong
Also, super expensive
Hipster fashion store Hong Kong
They couldn’t be more direct
Numbers poster wall Hong Kong
Back out, I was ready to head back to my room

Needless to say, I was a bit tired, and needed to give my feet some rest!

Previous posts in this series:

Hong Kong 2012: Gurudwara, and walking around Wan Chai

Hong Kong 2012: Views from Victoria Peak, day to night

Hong Kong 2012: Getting there

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2 Comments

  • Elise

    10/02/2013

    Hi….we are leaving for Hong Kong in 4-days and your comments were very helpful. Particularly the photos were amazing and really helped me to get a grasp of the differences between Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui. Thank you! Question…are there any trees, parks, or green spaces at all in Mong Kok?

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    Mithun Divakaran Reply:

    Hardly. You have to walk towards the Prince Edwards Road side where there is a park. Other than that, Mong Kok is nothing but shopping, shops… and more shopping! 🙂

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