Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC

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  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
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  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
  • Golden Bauhinia Square & HKCEC
Location

Hong Kong, China

Address

1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China

Getting there

Metro: MTR Wan Chai Station Exit A5, walk along the footbridge of O’Brien Road, pass through Immigration Tower and Central Plaza to Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Ferry: Take the ferryboat from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to Wan Chai.

Bus: Take Bus No. 25A, 25C or 961 to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre stop.

Telephone

+852 2582 8888

Email

friends@hkcec.com

More information

https://www.hkcec.com/, https://web.facebook.com/HKCECofficial, https://foursquare.com/v/golden-bauhinia-square

Prices

Daba Viewing Platform: HK$4
Convention and Exhibtion Center: HK$10

Opening hours

Daily Flag-raising Ceremony
Every day except the first of each month
7:50–8:03am
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
7:45–8:13am
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.

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The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center was the site of the Handover in 1997. The Golden Bauhinia was a gift from the Chinese Central Government to mark the occasion. The Golden Bauhinia Square is a spot on the waterfront of the Victoria Harbour in the Wan Chai district. It consists of an open area with a large statue of a blooming golden bauhinia blakeana and flag posts holding the Hong Kong flag and China’s flag. It’s also known as the Expo Promenade.

This golden bauhinia statue was built to symbolize the handing over of Hong Kong from British rule back to China. This happened on July 1st 1997, after over 150 years of British rule.

Behind the Golden Bauhinia Square lies the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre. This unique building can easily be picked out from far away since its architectural design looks like a bird (some say it looks like a turtle). The handover of Hong Kong back to China occurred inside the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre on July 1st 1997.

The bauhinia flower is a very symbolic part of Hong Kong. A specific genus of this flower, called the bauhinia blakeana, was discovered in Hong Kong in 1880. Since then it has become a very popular flower that has been planted all over Hong Kong. It’s sometimes referred to as the Hong Kong Orchid. If you take a look at the Hong Kong flag, you’ll notice that the flower in the middle of the flag is a bauhinia flower. This same flower is also displayed on the back of all of the Hong Kong coins made since 1997. The bauhinia flower is a symbol of harmony to the Chinese.

Hong Kong has a rich history, and Hong Kong Golden Bauhinia Square is at the center of it all. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Hong Kong, and it is also popularly known as the Expo Promenade. This is where the flag raising ceremony is held every morning.

This square got its name from the golden bauhinia blakeana statue facing the Wan Chai waterfront at the center of the area outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

The 66-foot statue was given by the Chinese Government to commemorate Hong Kong's independence from Great Britain on July 1, 1997. The gilded bauhinia flower is an important symbol for Hong Kong people. Its base is made of a red granite pillar on a pyramid.

Golden Bauhinia Attractions

Important Ceremonies

Everyone can witness the flag raising ceremony in Hong Kong Bauhinia Square. They can participate in the three flag ceremonies. Tourists are more likely to come in time for the daily flag raising that happens every day except for the first day of the month.

Many domestic and foreign visitors flock to Golden Bauhinia Square to witness these ceremonies. Tourists love to take photos with the monument. Many people enjoy strolling along the 400-meter waterfront Expo Promenade. This area is also the best spot to watch the Symphony of Lights performance at night.

The Daily Flag Ceremony

The daily ceremony includes playing the national anthem with attendees in regular attire. The enhanced ceremony is done with a flag-raising party of police officers. The rifle unit wears their ceremonial attire. The police band also leads the national anthem and closes the ceremony with a 10-minute musical performance.

The official daily flag raising ceremony at the Golden Bauhinia Square located outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is conducted by the Hong Kong Police Force. There are three types of ceremony: Daily Flag Raising Ceremony (Daily, every day except 1st of each month), Enhanced Flag Raising Ceremony (on the 1st of every month, except July and October) and the Special Flag Raising Ceremony (1 July and 1 October).

The daily ceremony includes regular attire and includes the playing of the national anthem, while the enhanced ceremony includes a flag-raising party of Hong Kong police officers, accompanied by a rifle unit all in ceremonial dress, and also includes the playing of the national anthem by the Police Band followed by a 10-minute musical performance by the Police Pipe Band.[2]

Since July 2008, on the second Sunday of each month, the flag raising ceremony is conducted by different local youth uniformed groups (UGs). The UGs conduct the daily flag raising ceremony (i.e. the flag party consists of five members: one commander, two national flag raisers and two regional flag raisers) without a band performance.

Enhanced and Special Flag Ceremonies

Meanwhile, the Enhanced Flag Raising Ceremony is held on the first day of every month except July and October. The Special Flag Raising Ceremony is held on the first day of July and October.

The Origin

The first ceremony was held on the night of June 30, 1997. Former shipping magnate Tung Chee Hwa became the Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive as the clock struck midnight. The Golden Bauhinia was a gift given to Hong Kong after 156 years under the power of Great Britain.

Symbols and Their Meaning

The monument serves as a symbol of reunification. Inscriptions in President Jiang Zemin's calligraphy can be found at the monument. Hong Kong's sovereignty is symbolized by the white ring around the pinnacle. Meanwhile, the 50 smaller rings denote Hong Kong's way of life and the capitalist system that will remain unchanged for another 50 years.

The Golden Bauhinia is formed with stone tables overlapping each other. Each tablet represents the years from 1842 until 2047. There are six tablets that represent the six most important years in Hong Kong's history. They are round and made of lightly colored granite.

As a Hong Kong landmark, Golden Bauhinia Square is frequented by domestic and foreign visitors.  It's also a good place to watch the performance of 'A Symphony of Lights' at night. There is a 400 meter-long waterfront promenade that is great for walking and enjoying the view of Victoria Harbor.

Travel tips

If you get to the Golden Bauhinia Square early enough in the morning, you can witness the flag raising ceremony. This flag raising ceremony is performed daily by Hong Kong police officers at 7:50 am and lasts for about 10-15 minutes. The Hong Kong national anthem is played during the ceremony. Also, on the 2nd Sunday of every month a selected youth group will perform the flag raising ceremony.

If you have a chance to see the flag raising ceremony on the 1st day of any month, I’d recommend going on that day. An enhanced flag raising ceremony occurs on the 1st day of every month. This ceremony is performed by the Hong Kong Police officers and a rifle unit dressed in ceremonial attire. The Hong Kong national anthem is played by the Police band. After the national anthem is played, a short performance by the Police Pipe Band occurs. You will have to show up a few minutes earlier since the ceremony starts at 7:45 am on this day and lasts for almost 30 minutes.

If the weather is bad that day, the flag raising ceremony may be cancelled. To make sure the ceremony is still going to happen, you can call the Police Training School for the most up to date information.

How to get there

1. Take Hong Kong MTR to Wan Chai Station Exit A5. Walk across the footbridge, go right and pass through the lobby of the Central Plaza, go on walking across the linking overhead walkway, then get down to the ground level. Walk towards the waterfront ahead, and the statue and monument is on the left. It is about a 15mins walk.

2. Take the ferryboat from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier  to Wan Chai.

3. Take Bus No. 25A, 25C or 961 to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre stop.

Nearby Attractions

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center is among Hong Kong's most impressive architectural sites. This place shows off the visual proof that Hong Kong is becoming even more developed.

Inside are five exhibition halls, two theaters, two convention halls and 52 meeting rooms. Financiers and businessmen make this place their favorite destination. There are also restaurants that suit that tastes of both domestic and foreign visitors within walking distance from Golden Bauhinia Square.

Central Plaza

Central Plaza is the tallest building in Hong Kong and among the highest in Asia. Central Plaza is a 78-storey building that is also among the world's tallest concrete-framed buildings. It provides the city's most amazing timepiece as the rods at the top change colors every quarter hour.

Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley Racecourse is the best place for all racing enthusiasts. Happy Valley boasts high-end technology for betting and live broadcasts on its gigantic screen. The fun starts at night, and both foreign and domestic visitors love to take a peek. It is only a few minutes from Golden Bauhinia Square by tram.

Bank of China Tower

Bank of China Tower is one of the most stunning landmarks in Hong Kong. This elegantly-designed 70-story building got its inspiration from bamboo. It has large blue glass walls that make it one of the most photographed buildings in Hong Kong.

Exchange Center

Exchange Center is not just a place for the stock exchange in Hong Kong. It has also been recognized as an important architectural achievement by Time Magazine. People do not only come here for financial transactions. They also strike a pose and take photos at the same time.

Reviews by visitors

The icon is brightly gilded to look really bright and golden under the sun. It is the city flower of Hong Kong -- Bauhinia Blakeana. Flag raising at 8 am takes place here, unless when it is cancelled due to inclement weather. Good to come here earlier before the bus loads of tourists arrive. It is in this square at the edge of the "peninsula" on which the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre stands. So you have a nice view on sunrise and on sunset too. In the evening, for photography fans, it provides a very nice foreground for evening shots of the Hong Kong harbour.

By the way, there is a restaurant called Bauhinia just three minutes' walk away. The food there is Cantonese style and reasonably good for value. A good stop before or after the visit to the Bauhinia sculpture.

~James L

If you have a little bit of spare time when in Wan Chai, you definitéy must visit this squate with huge statue of bauhinia.

~lukasv621

this is an icon with golden flower in it. Taking pictures with hall and sea background is nice. We just stayed less then 20 minutes. Not so much we could see

~meachaiti

Located by the exhibition center, the square looks out over the harbour to Kowloon. It was very busy and nothing else of interest located nearby. I wouldnt make the trip again just to visit the square as it is just the monument but if you have some spare time i would make the trip down there to say that you have been.

~Harry2893

In the tourist map of hongkong this place was shown as an attraction. It turned out to be a disappointment. The taxi driver dropped us near the venue after walking over a kilometer around the concrete & glass building which are common in hongkong. This place turned out to be just a small monument.It was a damper after all those effort. Rather the watefront around it is better to see.

~UtkarshLandekar

It represents the HK flag flower and it's by the place where the British handled HK back to China.

Beautiful promenade beneath it by the harbor, with great views. Be here at 6 PM when the flag ceremony is.

~B1714D

One of Wanchai's main attractions, the Golden Bauhinia figures in many souvenir photos of visitors. At night it is the other side where one can watch the SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS. It is adjacent to the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre.

~IQENDO

The square is ok but you'd be disappointed if you made a special trip. I wanted to go to the HK exhibition centre and entered through the Main Street entrance. If you walk through HKCEC towards the waterfront you get some great views on different floors. So why not head in there ? I made sure I exited that end and followed signs to the square. After that I walked in to the Star Ferry a little further on to go to Kowloon Culture centre. All in all that makes the Square an ok stop off for 10/15 mins. The HKCEC is quite a place.

~Douglas G

The square is beautiful but there's nothing much to do. Great for a view considering that the harbour was there but not spectacular.

~AdoleTravel

This spot is included in our city tour so we spent the 30mins allocated with group photos by the bay. Nothing else to do besides that anyway. If you're into history and sculpture then its something you should go for.

~Qitqat

The Golden Bauhinia was a must on my itinerary. My daughter & I took the Star Ferry from Kowloon to Wan Chai and followed the signs, it was only a short walk, but a lot of construction going on.

The Golden Bauhinia itself was majestic but it was marred and overshadowed by hawkers trying to get you to have a photo taken by them.

It was next to impossible to get a photo without a heap of tourist & tour groups in the way, tour buses were lined up all the way up the road. 

This is a very popular place but definitely worth the visit for me.

~Robyn W

The tour guide showed us around this area but I totally missed the point. The place was filled with a lot of photographers offering to take photos of you with the golden statue for $10. It would be better to spend that money and your time elsewhere. Really nothing to see here but the other foreigners who were scrambling to have their picture taken with the sculpture.

~atem_bum

Bauhinia is the city flower of Hong Kong. To commemorate the city's handover to China, such a golden statue was built. It's the place where China and HK's flags are hoisted but not much is there to see. You could find Chinese tourists there though - taking photos of such an attraction is a very mainland Chinese thing to do.

~wamysdottir

Went there as part of free city tour.

Understand from the guide this place has a history behind it- this was the place of HongKong handover to China in 1997.

Basically this Golden Bauhinia is just a sculpture cementing this history. Surrounding area include the main building and the bay.

Not worth going as time could bd better spent elsewhere

~Travelove58

The Golden Bauhinia is small. It is located by the bay. The views were beautiful. There is a construction site nearby. It was a long walk from the Wan Chai MTR station at exit A5. We took a city bus back to the causeway bay MTR station to save our energy. The octopus card was helpful to travel on HK buses and MTR trains.

~BangkokSachse

Heard a lot about this Golden statue but was a disappointment when I see it for myself, have spend more than 30 minutes to walk here from the Ferry because of all the construction works that blocks the road. nothing much to see other than this statue, nearby construction work and tour bus have spoil the atmosphere. spend 15 minutes and left onto the next site.

~Andy T

The Golden Bauhinia Square is located outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, a short walk from the Wan Chai Ferry, Hong Kong Island. This forever blooming Bauhinia was the backdrop for the Handover Ceremony on 30 June 1997, when the former British Crown Colony was returned to the People's Republic of China. The sculpture was a gift from Central Government to mark the 1997 Handover. There is a temporary promenade around the Expo centre, giving people the opportunity to take photographs of Central district, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. There is a small bus station at the site, which is surrounding by building works at January 2015.

~Theresa C

Other than its true significance to HK, this square has nothing to offer than than the golden bauhinia statue. Personally it was a very unattractive place to visit. The amount of construction works in that area spoilt the experience. If without tour bus, one had to walk past construction sites to get to the square just to view the statue. Yes the backdrop of the harbour was quite scenic but one get a better view from elsewhere. Unless there is a specific reason to visit the HK convention and exhibition centre, avoid this area at all cost. Don't waste your precious time getting covered by construction dust ! The long walk back to the harbour to catch star ferry didn't help either.

~koko

The atmosphere for the 2015 fireworks was electric. We walked to Golden Bauhinia Square from our hotel on Wan Chai Road, starting at around 10:30 pm. Crowd was already building and we found a spot in the square, facing ICC and the countdown screen. Good crowd control in place. By 11:45pm the place is completely filled with revellers. The excitement was palpable. Fireworks lasted 8 mins and we had a really great view despite the crowd. After the fireworks the dispersal was orderly and didn't take long. We had a good time and thought it would be an excellent idea to experience NYE all over the world. Next stop Paris?

~CF W

Having been compelled to visit the site, I wonder what else there was other than its significance to the people of Hong Kong pertaining to the handover of the colony by the British back to China in 1997.

Personally as a tourist, it wasn't an attractive a place to visit unless one is keen on such iconic site or take a few photo with the backdrop of Victoria Harbour for memory or if you have a reason to visit the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Other than that, don't expect anything more to avoid disappointment.

~tolim

Golden Bauhinia square of one Hongkong striking construction provides. The backdrops for a ceremony rich with historical significance...that a flower made from gold..beautiful...

~ninit_rohimi

We made quite an effort to try to get to this Golden Bauhinia Square. We had to walk all the way through the Convention Centre (which was also a boring one) and when we reach it at the end, it is just a small square with quite an ugly golden statue. There is nothing to do around it, the skyline on another side of the water was not the most interesting one as well. Totally not worth the effort of going.

~Misslzi

After several years in Hong Kong, and having seen just about everything else, I found myself in Wanchai with time to kill and decided to wander off in search of the 'Golden Bauhinia'. It's not exactly brilliantly located for tourists, as you have to trudge around the Exhibition Centre with all its busy, difficult-to-cross roads and never-ending construction projects.

When you finally find the place, you'll see several coach loads of tourists from mainland China, an ice-cream van and a couple of people who'll offer to take photos of you in front of the statue (they have little stalls displaying prints of some of the fantastic 'professional' portrait photos they've taken of other tourists in the square).

One relatively recent addition has been a path joining up large sections of the harbour-front. So, from Golden Bauhinia Square you can walk along the harbour-front all the way down to (at least) Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, avoiding all the roads and the traffic. In fact, once you reach Golden Bauhinia Sqaure, walking away from it is the best course of action that I can recommend.

~tomspencer78

The statue looks beautiful in the night . There is no in-built light (after seeing it photos you expect), but the external lights will give it a golden look with a tint of purple & blue at times. Only good for a short stay. Also difficult to take photo as lot of local tourist groups will flood it all the time. My suggestion is to club it with Symphony of Lights show. After the show take a ferry across the bay to reach this place. After a short stop return back the same way. The ferry is quite cheap & also will give you different angles of the beautiful lighting of the bay. The attraction may not be much fascinating for the kids

~atul-noida

Located in the Golden Bauhinia Square is the Golden Bauhinia Statue, the square is popular most days with Chinese and other tourists but it is well worth a visit even if you only do so from a tour bus seat. Note that the square can get quite busy at time during the day so it is a place where common sense should be used to safe guard possessions. 

Located next to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Each day, weather permiting, there is a flag raising ceremony which is good to see. The square is on one of the Big Bus tour routes so if you are planning on using Big Bus then you can hop off and have a wonder around the Square.

~DKR2000

It's not worth the long walk from wan chai mtr to bauhinia square. There are lots of mainland tourists flooding the area too. If you are taking any harbour cruise, just keep a lookout for the golden bauhinia statue. We took the bauhinia cruise and managed to sneak a glance.

~yvette_gu

This is an area of Wan Chai where you can find a commemorative sculpture known as the 'Forever Blooming Bauhinia', which was given to HK as a gift from the Central Government during the hand-over ceremonies in 1997. It is symbolic of the return of Hong Kong to the motherland (China) after 150 years of rule by Britain. 

You can see the daily flag raising ceremony at 7.50am each day if you are interested. Also, nice views of the harbor are afforded here and the actual Sculpture is nice to look at. However, it is quite some distance from other important attractions in HK, making it inconvenient for most to see. Also, it can be ridiculously crowded here with the mainland tour groups, which seem to have routine stops at Bauhinia Square these days. Especially at night, it can be seem even busier than the Avenue of Stars on the Kowloon side if that is possible to believe. 

Overall, this is not a bad sculpture to see but due to its isolation and crowds, Bauhinia Square is not a particularly enjoyable place to visit for most coming to Hong Kong, probably best to concentrate your time at our more interesting attractions.

~BradJill

It is just a golden statue commemorating the return of Hong Kong to People's Republic of China. The Golden Bauhinia is located in the square next to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, facing Wan Chai waterfront. Not sure why lots of tourist buses stops here. Other than the statue, nothing much to see here except for its historical significance. Not a must see in Hong Kong.

~pggenius

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