Bruce Lee: Protecting Victoria Harbour

Culture | by James Weir
Posted: June 27th, 2012 | Updated: June 27th, 2012 | Comments

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Victoria Harbour You'll find this Bruce Lee statue on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong's waterfront, just beside the Star Ferry pier in Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui. Bruce Lee, shown here in rippling bronze glory, was a legendary marital arts master, teacher, actor, philosopher and more, most famous for starring in a series of films in the 1970's. Following his unexpected death in 1973 (from what exactly is a topic of discussion among more conspiracy-inclined individuals—his Wikipedia page boasts quite a lively debate—though cerebral edema seems the most likely), his fame has only continued to grow around the world. The Avenue of Stars was built in 2004, and is a wide walkway lined with effigies that number over a hundred, from statues to hand prints in the vein of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This statue is but one of many that celebrate the history of the Cantonese film industry along the waters of Victoria Harbour. I'm no film buff, and I'm particularly lost when it comes to Chinese films. But I still enjoyed my time at the Avenue of the Stars, if for nothing else but the spectacular view it affords across the harbor to the glittering Hong Kong skyline. At night, it's one of the best places to see the Symphony of Lights, which is not to be missed.
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