Fans of Bruce Lee gathered in the Guangdong port town of Shunde yesterday for the opening of a museum dedicated to the kung fu star, and criticised Hong Kong authorities for not opening one first. The museum, which houses rare letters written by Lee, film posters, photographs and other memorabilia, is housed in a tea shop in the town where Lee's father and grandfather were born. The Guangdong Government donated the venue to curator Wang Dechao, vice-president of the Bruce Lee Studies Association, who said: 'It is wonderful. All Bruce Lee's fans have been waiting for this and our hero should not go disregarded.' Lee visited Shunde, near Guangzhou, only once, when he was five, and Mr Wang said he set up the museum because the SAR had been too slow to pay tribute to Lee, who learned martial arts, found fame and made his home in Hong Kong. Lewis Luk Tei, chairman of the SAR-based Bruce Lee Union, welcomed the Shunde exhibition but said Hong Kong had missed an opportunity. 'Bruce Lee has a closer tie with Hong Kong than the mainland,' Mr Luk said. 'His family has always wanted to see one built here. It is a pity that nothing has happened over the years.' A proposal in 1999 to include a Bruce Lee memorial gallery at the Hong Kong Film Archive in Sai Wan Ho was scrapped, while the Leisure and Cultural Services Department is now pushing for it to be housed in the West Kowloon reclamation complex, a project which is at least six years away. 'Hong Kong authorities should take heed from Guangdong. The plan should not be dragged out any longer,' said Mr Luk, warning the best memorabilia will have been donated to Shunde by the time a museum opens in Hong Kong. Last year it was revealed that the house in Cumberland Road, Kowloon Tong, where Lee spent his final years had been turned into a love hotel. Lee, who was born in San Francisco, died suddenly in 1973 aged 32. Guests at yesterday's opening included Bruce Lee's sister, Lee Chau-yuen, Hong Kong comedian and the director of hit movie Shaolin Soccer, Lee Lik-chi, and Cheung Pang, director of the kung fu star's Enter the Dragon, made in 1973.