The first landmark to make its debut in the West Kowloon Cultural District is the Xiqu Centre, an eight-story complex dedicated to traditional Chinese opera.
Hong Kongâ€“bound travelers now have two more reasons to spend time in Kowloon. Once an unsightly promenade bereft of greenery and places to sit, the Avenue of Stars along Victoria Harbour recently reopened after a much-needed facelift.
Owner New World Development enlisted landscape architect James Cornerâ€”the man behind New Yorkâ€™s High Lineâ€”for the revamp, which has incorporated celebrity handprints into wave-shaped handrails by the water, doubled the seating capacity, and added eight times more greenery than before.
One MTR stop away, the first landmark to make its debut in the West Kowloon Cultural District is the Xiqu Centre, an eight-story complex dedicated to traditional Chinese opera. Canadian studio Revery Architecture and local firm Ronald Lu & Partners were inspired by the concept of qi, or â€śenergy flow,â€ť to create curving forms, circular paths, and a facade of undulating aluminum ribs.
Inside, the main performance venue is a 1,073-seat hall above a stark white atrium, whereas the more intimate Tea House Theatre sees audiences served tea and dim sum during 90-minute showcases.
This article originally appeared in the April/May 2019Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śKowloon Rejuvenationâ€ť).