View from in front of Hong Kong Museum of Art
Dragon Head Fountain
Harbour view
A well dressed Bruce Lee statue
Anita Mui statue
Promenade
Harbour View framed by an arbour
Hong Kong Museum of Art
Pacman characters near Star Ferry
TST promenade map
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A wonderfully designed walk along Hong Kong’s iconic harbour

Hong Kong residents have access to vistas encompassing world-renowned architecture, jagged misty mountains, and a sublime ocean harbour. The best way to see these vistas are from one of the many public promenades gracing our shores.

The Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) Promenade was opened in 1982, and one part of it was renovated and rebranded “Avenue of Stars” in 2004. The 1.6-kilometre-long promenade between the Star Ferry and Tsim Sha Tsui East has been a favourite with tourists, who typically outnumber locals.

The latest renovations were completed at the end of 2018. The promenade’s redesign now incorporates greenery, seating, and plenty of shade from trees, umbrellas, and plant-supporting structures. All the Avenue of Stars attractions are back and better positioned. The Bruce Lee and Anita Mui sculptures stand on barrier-free fountain pedestals; the immortalized handprints of Hong Kong stars have been moved from the sidewalk to handrails and no longer cause pedestrian traffic jams, regardless of the number of photographers.

Looking through the lens of a camera, one starts to appreciate the affluence of this city. The materials used to pave the sidewalks are beautiful and robust. Where there might have been an ugly fence or plain cement wall, there is pleasantly coloured paint, a planter, a hedge, or contoured railings. The plants are immaculately cared for, and I witnessed a craftsman replacing tiles.

The renovations were designed by landscape architect James Corner, most famous for his High Line Park in New York, where he converted a 2.4-kilometre-long stretch of abandoned railroad viaduct into an elevated linear park, greenway and trail, which in turn revitalized the surrounding neighbourhoods and communities.

I never tire of viewing the Hong Kong harbour; the decades-long TST promenade redevelopment has been a good investment in harbourfront public infrastructure. I appreciated and was delighted to rediscover this easy-to-navigate, wonderfully designed walk along Hong Kong’s iconic Kowloon side harbour. I highly recommend it to all.

Text & photos Martin Wray