I had the utmost pleasure of meeting The Greatest Of All Time Mr. Muhammad Ali – born Cassius Marcellus Clay Junior; but only in Wax form! Cringe! Took on that glove, ready to rumble; until i turned to my right and there he was, Steph Curry ducking on that basketball, looking all saucy!! As i marinated all that eye candy, i saw some figure on my right beckoning for a hug – Ladies, it was David the Beckham! These sportsmen had just decided to melt me into a pulp! At the heart of HongKong! Oh My!
There is a major waxwork that is missing at Madame Tussauds and that happens to be Wangari Maathai. She was such an Icon – World Icon! Madame Tussauds is a chain of wax museums that can be found in major cities all over the world in Paris, London, Las Vegas with the one in Hong Kong being the first in Asia. Not only does it feature celebrity actors but also includes activists such as Mahatma Gandhi, The British Royal Family personalities such as Lady Diana – Princess of Wales and even key presidents the likes of Barack Obama.
French woman Marie Tussauds is the founder and they apparently do keep up with the joneses here because as soon as Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie split, their wax figures were put apart. Captain Jack Sparrow is also in the vicinity, looking all Pirate-y as well as the beauty that was Miss Marilyn Monroe. Local Chinese celebrities are also featured. Tickets go for about $40 USD and a souvenir shop is also available. As a celebrity, getting a wax figure is similar to getting a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Another exciting thing to do while at Madame Tussauds is climb up the roof top of the Peak Tower where it is located to get that magnificent view of Hong Kong Skyline. Its so breathtaking! The Peak Tower can only be accessed through a metro tram which takes you up the hill of this HongKong Island. The tram can be accessed from the metro station, another cheap transport option. There is always one available every 15 minutes till closing time.
Other landmarks to see in HongKong include Disney World, an amusement park that is also located in several cities all over the world. Its an ideal place for kids where they get to meet their cartoon favorites Mickey and Minnie. You have to plan to spend a whole day here for you to maximize on the fun and get value for your tickets. Day ticket passes go for about USD $100.
Po Lin Monastery is also a major landmark especially for Buddhists. They have the Giant Tian Tan buddha strucure based here which is symbolic of the harmonious relationship between Man & Nature; People and Faith. If theme parks, museums and connecting with nature is something you yearn for, then HongKong Island should be your happy place.