Avenue of Stars -- Hong Kong
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Hong Kong’s Avenue of Stars – one of the main attractions of the glamorous Tsim Sha Tsui, is set to reopen after undergoing reconstruction for three years. Modeled after LA’s Hollywood walk of fame, the promenade was closed in October 2015 for an upgrade by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government. The New World Development, which manages the attraction, ran the redevelopment plan as a part of the $2.6b Victoria Dockside project. Led by James Corner, of New York’s High Line and Seattle’s Central Waterfront’s fame, the reconstruction aimed to improve the subjects of criticism including greenery and seating. The changes would include handprints of 107 movie stars, previously placed on pavements, to be inscribed on handrails along the Harbourfront. More handprints are also to be included, along with the cartoon character Mcdull. In addition to this, the statues of Bruce Lee and late local diva Anita Mui Yim-fong will no longer be barricaded and will stand on a fountain platform for a more selfie-savvy audience. Newer technologies have also been introduced and QR codes have been placed at the displays, scanning which will allow users to read details about the stars and watch related clips. Local movies have been emphasized, promoting Hong Kong’s culture globally. In addition to all the technological enhancements, the seating area has been doubled and the shades and greeneries have been increased many folds. Sustainable energy sources in the form of Solar panels have been used to power some of the lighting along the promenade. Maintenance has also been stressed upon, with proper police enforcement to avoid coach-clogging. Drinking fountains will be installed prohibiting the use of plastic water bottles. Informal entertainers and street performers have been urged not to come to the avenue until at least the first six months of reopening. The reopening is aimed to produce a unique, authentic and well-designed public space for the city and is to make Hong Kong busier than ever.