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Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (and Golden Bauhinia Square)
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
With its vast curtain of glass and 40,000 square-metre aluminium roof sculpted to echo a seabird soaring in flight, the striking Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is a major landmark on the Hong Kong Island skyline. Known worldwide as HKCEC, this harbour-front expansion used top-down construction techniques to meet a challenge of limited land supply; its highly innovative methods winning many industry accolades.
While Jackie Chan fans may remember the building as the setting for the dramatic grand finale of New Police Story, it was also the backdrop for a drama of far more significance – the Handover Ceremony on 30 June 1997. This is when the former British Crown Colony was returned to the People's Republic of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was established.
Internationally, the HKCEC is known as a world-class convention and exhibition centre and was voted Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia for the ninth time by industry awards in 2012.
Golden Bauhinia Square
The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. The Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture that gives the Expo Promenade the commonly-used name, Golden Bauhinia Square, was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 Handover -- an occasion that held tremendous significance for the world’s largest nation and that stands out as a landmark event in 20th century history.
Today the site is hugely popular with Chinese visitors who come to take photos of the Reunification Monument, which bears inscriptions of the calligraphy of President Jiang Zemin who represented China at the Handover Ceremony and to enjoy the pomp and symbolism of the daily Flag-raising Ceremony with beautiful Victoria Harbour as a backdrop.
|Daily Flag-raising Ceremony||Every day except the first of each month|
|7:50am to 8:03am|
|This ceremony is performed by Hong Kong police officers in ceremonial uniform and includes the playing of the national anthem. The ceremony will be conducted by different uniformed youth groups on the second Sunday of each month.|
|Enhanced Flag-raising Ceremony||On the first day of every month|
|7:45am to 8:13am|
|This ceremony includes a flag-raising party of Hong Kong police officers accompanied by a rifle unit, both wearing full uniform. The ceremony will include the playing of the national anthem by the Police Band followed by a 10-minute musical performance by the Police Pipe Band.|
Please be aware that the flag-raising ceremony may be cancelled at any time due to bad weather conditions. In the case of a cancellation, an announcement will be made through local media channels between 7am and 8am.
MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A5. Walk across the footbridge, then turn right and head through the lobby of Central Plaza. Continue across the connecting overhead walkway, then descend to the ground level. Walk towards the waterfront ahead and the statue and monument will be on your left. The entire walk takes approximately 15 minutes.