On my first morning in Hong Kong, I woke up and decided I was going to go for a walk. My mission was to find some breakfast, so I headed out on Nathan Road. Before I could stop for something to eat, I found myself distracted by something across the street. There it was, a series of colourfully painted steps and cartoon characters. What was this? I had to find out.
I crossed the street and found myself at an entrance of stairs to somewhere, but it was under construction, and I couldn’t go in. I ventured further along Nathan Road and found another entry, with colourful steps and different cartoon characters, ones I didn’t recognize, all lined up on the steps.
Whatever this place was I had to go inside and check it out.
The place was Kowloon Park, and I went there three times during my five-day visit to Hong Kong. Kowloon Park is pretty big, but not huge and has a lot of cool spots, but the first thing I saw going in was the Avenue of the Comic Stars. Similar to the Garden of the Stars (where you can see statues of Hong Kong movie stars like Bruce Lee), the Avenue of the Comic Stars features statues, but of comic book characters. Now I’ll admit I have zero knowledge about Hong Kong comics or comic characters, but this was awesome. There are statues of cartoon penguins and super agents. How can you not love this place?
Not shown, about 20 other photos of this place that I took.
Now I know some people would look at this place and think it’s super cheesy, but as soon as I saw this entrance, I thought Yep, I’m going to like Hong Kong. It was (outside of being at the airport and taking the MTR) my first real impression of Hong Kong. Is this Hong Kong in a nutshell? Does it describe the nuances of this global city? No, probably not, but it was fun and weird and wonderful, and I wish I were there again.
Things You Should Know
The Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars is inside Kowloon Park with the entrance on Nathan Road. Map here. Admission to the park is free. The outdoor facilities (like the Avenue of the Comic Stars) are open from 5 am to 12 am.
While in Hong Kong I stayed at the Pearl Premium Guesthouse. This is an excellent option for budget travellers to Hong Kong, and it’s only a two-minute walk from Kowloon Park and the MTR (subway).
If you can stretch your budget, there are plenty of moderate and high-end luxury hotels in Hong Kong you can book here.
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Have you been to the Avenue of the Comic Stars in Kowloon Park?