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Wax museum
Wax museum
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Hong Kong Hollywood

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Hong Kong is the world's third-largest producer of movies, behind Hollywood and Bollywood. For more than 100 years they have loved making and watching films with lots of martial arts and an unbelievable array of weapons. Mention Chinese films and Bruce Lee literally springs to mind. The acceptance of Chinese films worldwide has also helped in promoting tourism to Hong Kong.

Avenue of the Stars opened this year on the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui. It pays tribute to the stars of Hong Kong's films, past and present, with commemorative plaques, foot and handprints. Special lighting makes it wonderful at night. There are plenty of places to eat and shop, as well as some terrific hotels.

This is the best place to watch the multimedia light-and-sound show A Symphony of Lights, which is on each night at eight. Pyrotechnics are added for special occasions.

The number one tourist attraction in Hong Kong is the Peak. More than six million people go there each year and marvel at the harbour and skyscrapers. The Peak tram has been operating since 1888 and is the city's oldest and most reliable form of transport. The Peak has some of Hong Kong's best entertainment attractions — Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium, the Peak Explorer Motion Simulator and the local version of Madame Tussaud's wax museum.

Madame Tussaud's, Hong Kong, displays more than 100 highly-lifelike figures of the famous and infamous, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, pop icon Michael Jackson and movie superstars Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Michelle Yeoh.

Bay Logan is originally from a small village in the English midlands. He was lured to Hong Kong thanks to the films of Bruce Lee. He is now an authority on current Hong Kong cinema and has his own production company.

HeliHongKong has a large commercial fleet of helicopters and offers some terrific scenic tours. Fly high and experience the skyline, white beaches, Big Buddha, Tsing Ma Bridge and many other places of interest.

Island Shangri-La Hotel is consistently recognised as one of the world's best. Its 56 floors tower over Victoria Harbour from the heart of Hong Kong. It has direct access to Pacific Place, the island's most prestigious shopping and entertainment complex. Its 565 rooms are among the largest hotel rooms in Hong Kong, with magnificent views from large bay windows. The atrium features the world's largest Chinese silk painting, The Great Motherland of China.

Island Shangri-La offers a great choice of eating and drinking. There is the Island Gourmet Delicatessen, Cantonese Summer Palace, Lobster Bar and Grill, the International Café TOO, Japanese cuisine in Nadaman, drinks and light snacks by the pool, contemporary French menu in Restaurant Petrus and afternoon tea and cocktails in the Lobby Lounge.

Island Shangri-La has a fitness centre which is open 24 hours, indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, sauna, steam rooms, solariums, outdoor pool and aromatherapy, reflexology and massage sessions.


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Qantas flies daily to Hong Kong.
Qantas Holidays has four-night packages, including return economy airfares, twin-share accommodation at the Island Shangri-La Hotel and aerial tour of Hong Kong, starting from $2160 ex-Perth, $2295 ex-Melbourne, $2297 ex-Brisbane, $2309 ex-Sydney and $2336 ex-Adelaide, per person. Prices include charges/taxes and are current at time of writing but may vary at time of booking. Seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.

More Information

Island Shangri-la Hong Kong
Pacific Place,
Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong
Ph: (852) 2877 3838
Fax: (852) 2521 8742

Hong Kong Tourism Board
Level 4, 80 Druitt Street, Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 9283 3083; 1800 251 071

1603 China Merchants Tower
Shun Tak Centre
200 Connaught Road, Central Hong Kong
Ph: 852 2108 09898

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