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The Expo Promenade (also known as Golden Bauhinia Square) outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Wan Chai waterfront marks the most significant occasion in Hong Kong's history - the return of the former British colony to the People's Republic of China, and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).|
The handover took place in the convention centre with President Jiang Zemin and other dignitaries representing China, and Prince Charles present to witness the relinquishment of what had often been described as "the richest jewel in the British Crown".
The main ceremonies took place on the night of 30 June 1997. The Hong Kong SAR came into being on 1 July under its Chief Executive, Shanghai-born former shipping magnate, Tung Chee-Hwa.
The "Forever Blooming Bauhinia" Sculpture (Golden Bauhinia) is a gift from the Central Government to mark the widespread joy of the people at the return of the territory to the Motherland after more than 150 years. Other gifts to commemorate the historic occasion were sent by each of China's provinces, autonomous regions and other territories.
Near the Golden Bauhinia stands the Reunification Monument bearing inscriptions of President Jiang Zemin's calligraphy.
Catch all the pomp and ceremony of the official daily flag raising at the Golden Bauhinia Square located outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Daily Flag Raising Ceremony
Daily (Every day except 1st of each month) 7:50am - 8:03am
It will be performed by uniformed Hong Kong police officers in regular attire and include the playing of the national anthem.
On the second Sunday of each month, this flag-raising ceremony will be conducted by different youth groups.
Enhanced Flag Raising Ceremony On the 1st of every month 7:45am - 8:13am
It will include a flag-raising party of Hong Kong police officers accompanied by a rifle unit all in ceremonial dress. 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.
Daba Viewing Platform: HK$4
Convention and Exhibtion Center: HK$10
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 18:00
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.