Hong Kong’s most famous ever citizen is undoubtedly the towering cultural icon, Lee Jun-Fan, better known internationally as Bruce Lee, who despite having long since departed this world in 1973, aged only 32, lives on as the most celebrated exponent of cinematic martial arts around the world.

Lee's extraordinary and mesmerising skills remain the absolute benchmark from which all other Kung Fu actors are judged, and which none have ever matched, to such an extent that for the 2015 film Ip Man 3, the producers preferred the possibility of recreating his character utilising CGI technology, rather than use an actor to play his part. In the end, a legal dispute over the ownership of Lee's image prevented this, but it nevertheless illustrates the utter uniqueness of both his personality and skill.

On the Avenue of the Stars, at Kowloon's waterfront, along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, you’ll find various statues dedicated to the legendary luminaries of Hong Kong’s motion picture industry, such as Raymond Chow, John Woo, Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh and Jackie Chan, but even today, the biggest crowds always gravitate to the statue of Bruce Lee, with the same devotion you find at Freddy Mercury’s statue on the waterfront promenade in Montreux, Switzerland, perhaps the only other individual to share such universal iconic global superstardom. 

Also in Kowloon, though you won’t be able to enter as it still remains a working school, you can see St. Francis Xavier’s College, where Bruce Lee attended, famously destroying the bathroom doors during a fight with his classmates.  

If you’re travelling into the New Territories, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum is a fruitful place to visit, housing 12 exhibition halls nestled in a wooded area beyond the vast high-rise housing complex, Sha Tin. Aside from the other exhibitions, which are of themselves interesting enough to justify the visit, the exhibition, Bruce Lee: Kung Fu-Art-Life, houses over 600 items of Bruce Lee Memorabilia, and provides a fascinating window into many aspects of his life. 

The exhibition is scheduled to run until 2018, when it is hoped that a permanent exhibition to his memory will be established at the star’s former mansion at 41 Cumberland Road, Kowloon, currently however the focus of acrimonious dispute, with his former home having spent time in neglect as a ‘Love Motel’.

You can also visit the Tsing Shan Monastery in Tuen Mun in the south west of the New Territories, the location of the opening sequences of Enter the Dragon, which remains largely unchanged since the film was made. 

If you are serious about Kung Fu from a practical perspective, there are numerous schools in Hong Kong which offer classes in Wing Chun, the style in which Bruce Lee was originally trained, before developing his own Jeet Kune Do. 

One of these courses is a one-hour Wing Chun lesson led by Master Sam Lau, who, like Bruce Lee himself, is a former student of Ip Man, himself an extraordinary character who inherited grand mastery of Wing Chun through a succession from its original source, and is the subject of several films. 

Bruce Lee’s grave is situated in Seattle, Washington in the US, a subject of considerable controversy at the time, but the grave of Ip Man, who died in 1972, seven months before his illustrious student, can be found at Wu Tip Shan Cemetery in Fanling in the New Territories.

 

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