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Madame Tussaud's Comes to Hong KongAired August 28, 2000 - 2:55 p.m. ET
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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: A new wax museum in Hong Kong has become an instant hit among celebrity-watchers. Life-like statutes of movie, rock and sports stars are among the attractions.
CNN's Hong Kong bureau chief, Mike Chinoy, has a look at this latest rage.
MIKE CHINOY, CNN HONG KONG BUREAU CHIEF (voice-over): It's the closest many people here will come to the rich, the powerful and the famous. The first Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Asia just opened in Hong Kong, already attracting big crowds.
"I feel like I'm having my picture taken with a real star," she says. "I'll definitely come back."
MICHAEL JOLLY, MADAME TUSSAUD'S: When you look at the population of not only residents, but also the number of tourists that come to Hong Kong, Hong Kong is a real gateway to Asia.
CHINOY: Most of the familiar features from the original Madame Tussaud's in London are here: historic and current British royal families, with a separate spot for Princess Diana. There's a chamber of horrors. There are rock stars: Madonna, Elvis; movie stars from Pierce Brosnan to James Bond to Hong Kong's own kung fu legend, Bruce Lee; and a host of present and past political figures, Bill Clinton, Saddam Hussein, Mikhail Gorbachev, Benazir Bhutto; Britain's Queen Victoria, India's Mahatma Gandhi.
(on camera): Of course, there are inevitably some omissions. And in this part of the world, they have to do mainly to do with politics.
(voice-over): While China's late leader Deng Xiaoping occupies a prominent spot as does current president Jiang Zemin, there's no sign of Britain's last colonial governor here, Chris Patten. And the biography of Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt makes no mention of his film "Seven Years in Tibet," which Beijing denounced.
JOLLY: We have to be sensitive, of course. We are not in the business of trying to offend or upset anybody.
CHINOY: And there's one other notable absence: Hong Kong's current chief executive, Tung Chee Hwa. He was asked, but unlike his boss, President Jiang Zemin, Tung said he was simply too busy to pose.
Mike Chinoy, CNN, Hong Kong.
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