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 breakfast I found myself distracted by something across the street. There it was, a series of colorfully painted steps and cartoon characters. What was this? I had to find out.
So 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 down Nathan Road and found another entrance, with colorful 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 5 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. Giant 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 gonna like Hong Kong. It was (outside 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 was there again.
The Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars is located inside Kowloon Park with the entrance right on Nathan Road just north of Kimberly Road. Map here. Admission to the park is free. The outdoor facilities (like the Avenue of the Comic Stars) are open from 5am to 12am.
While in Hong Kong I stayed at the Pearl Premium Guesthouse inside Mirador Mansion. This is a large scale building that caters to budget travelers. I chose to stay here rather than at the more infamous Chungking Mansion and was quite happy with the quality of the guesthouse and the location, which was a 2 minute walk from Kowloon Park as well as the subway.
If you can stretch your budget there are plenty of moderate and high end luxury hotels you can book in Hong Kong here.
Have you been to the Avenue of the Comic Stars in Kowloon Park?