Hong Kong’s accommodation scene is top-class, with the choice including lifestyle-oriented design hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui and world renowned luxury properties overlooking Victoria Harbour from both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. So too, is the array of tourist attractions and activities on offer in Hong Kong, one of which has just launched a new themed zone that will thrill Kung Fu film fans.
Opened in June 2015, the new Kung Fu Zone at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is a tribute to martial arts and Kung Fu films, a genre that blossomed in Hong Kong. The zone features wax figures of four influential Kung Fu film stars in sets inspired by classic Kung Fu film scenes.
They are the legendary Bruce Lee, widely considered as one of the greatest martial artists of all time, who greets visitors with his signature flying kick through the dojo wall; Donnie Yen as Ip man, the Wing Chun master of Bruce Lee; Jackie Chan dressed in a traditional duangua suit striking an iconic pose from his action comedy work; and Michelle Yeoh as the fearless Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon set to wield her Chinese sabre.
The Kung Fu Zone is the 11th themed zone at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and was launched as the finale of a third major expansion project celebrating the 15th anniversary of the attraction’s opening. Almost 800 square feet in size, the zone is modeled after a traditional Zen monastery and along with the wax figure sets, sports an impressive crafted red arched door and sculpted dragon.
The Kung Fu Zone also offers interactive experiences. Visitors can learn martial arts combat moves via an interactive screen, test their balance and agility on sensory-activated projections on the floor, and test their speed by hitting as many targets on a Wing Chun wooden dummy as possible within the time limit.
Also in celebration of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong’s 15th anniversary, the “Surprise across Asia with Madame Tussauds” campaign offers the chance to win a set of admission tickets (entitling entry for two persons) to all seven Madame Tussauds locations in Asia – Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Singapore, Tokyo and Bangkok.
Through to December 2015 all visitors to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will receive a greeting card upon entry, which they can use to submit creative greetings to be in to win. One winner will be selected on the 15th of each month up to December.
While Madame Tussauds is among Hong Kong’s key visitor attractions, getting there is also an attraction in itself. The location of Madame Tussauds at The Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island, can be reached on a picturesque seven minute ride on The Peak Tram from the Lower Peak Tram Terminus.
The Lower Peak Tram Terminus is roughly a 15 minute walk from the Central or Admiralty stations of the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) which covers much of Hong Kong and is a convenient and reliable way to travel around. A good deal of the accommodation in Hong Kong including many hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay are nearby an MTR station.
For those who are staying at a Tsim Sha Tsui hotel – where the choice includes some of the best design and boutique hotels Hong Kong has to offer – there’s also the option of jumping aboard an iconic Star Ferry for a trip across Victoria Harbour, on their way to Madame Tussauds.
Kowloon’s bustling tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui is home to shops galore, restaurants, tailors, brand name outlets and glitzy department stores as well as six of the Top 10 Hong Kong Attractions as listed on the Hong Kong Tourism Board website. These are the Avenue of Stars, the Ladies’ Market, Temple Street Night Market, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple and the Clock Tower.
When it comes to accommodation, Tsim Sha Tsui is known for its hip, lifestyle-oriented boutique hotels. As fine an example as any is Residence G Hong Kong (by Hotel G) where guests enjoy a vibrant and stylish in-vogue atmosphere and cutting-edge guestrooms which come in the chic categories of Good, Greater and Greatest. The Residence G is a short walk to the Jordan and Tsim Sha Tsui MTR stations and Nathan Road shopping and entertainment scene.
Some of the leading Hong Kong luxury hotels are also in Tsim Sha Tsui, including the brands
Sheraton, Hyatt Regency and The Peninsula.