Heroes & Villains at Madam Tussauds Hong Kong

Asia - Editor - 26 July 2013

Heroes & Villains at Madam Tussauds Hong Kong

Located in the iconic Peak Tower on Hong Kong Island, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is a fascinating attraction featuring wax figures of around 100 readily recognized international personalities. In keeping with its location, more than thirty percent of the figures at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong are Asian, with good number being Hong Kong-born or based celebrities. Visitors will find that the wax figures at Madame Tussauds are arranged in a variety of themed settings, among them being Cultural Figures, Hollywood Stars, Kung Fu Stars, Pop Stars, Sports Stars, Royalty, and World Leaders.

An interactive area, entitled "Scream" and described as the "deadly scare zone", gives visitors the opportunity to explore dark corridors and encounter rampaging psychopaths in a battle of wits and physical challenges to "Escape the Asylum". The Music Icons zone features musical legends and rising stars from virtually every continent. No display would be complete without Madonna and Michael Jackson, and visitors can grab the opportunity to play at being Lady Gaga, dressing up in weird costumes and taking accessories to the extreme. Other stars represented in the Music Icons zone include Miriam Yeung, Teresa Teng, Joey Yung, Anita Mui, The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Historical and National Heroes includes Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the British Royal Family, Barack Obama and Hu Jintao, while The Champions category includes Yao Ming, Liu Xiang, David Beckham and Mohammed Ali.

Born in December 1761 in France, Marie Tussaud was raised by her mother who worked for Dr. Philippe Curtius in Bern, Switzerland, as a housekeeper. It was from Dr. Curtius that Marie learned the art of wax modeling. She became involved in the French Revolution and narrowly escaped the guillotine during the infamous "Reign of Terror" – a period of political instability during which time tens of thousands of people were executed by this method. Marie was then given the job of creating death masks of famous guillotine victims, including Marie Antoinette, Robespierre, Louis XVI and Marat. The talented artist later went to London to display her collection of wax portraits, and traveled throughout Great Britain and Ireland exhibiting her works, some of which are still displayed in the original museum in London. There are now Madame Tussauds wax museums in Amsterdam, Sydney, Bangkok, Las Vegas, Berlin, Washington DC, Hollywood, New York City, Shanghai and Hong Kong.


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