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Golden Bauhinia Square, Hong Kong Overview

The Golden Bauhinia Square is a public square and popular landmark located next to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. It is famous for its 6-metre tall gilded Bauhinia statue – known as the Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture - which signifies the return of Hong Kong to China, an event known as the 1997 Handover. The Golden Bauhinia Square is frequented by tourists eager to watch the famous Flag Raising Ceremony in the morning, and the Symphony of Lights show at night.

The Bauhinia sculpture was presented to Hong Kong by Chinese government on July 1, 1997 to commemorate the handover of the province from British forces. The huge flower rests on a mighty red granite pillar and is a sacred symbol in Chinese culture. A special Monument in Commemoration of the Return of Hong Kong to China is at one corner of the Square. This 20-metre tall pillar has 206 overlapping stone tablets to mark every year of the colonial period. A golden inscription on the pillar by former Chairman Jiang Zemin signify the Reunification of China and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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Flag Raising Ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square

Golden Bauhinia Square, Hong Kong
Flag raising ceremony is conducted daily at Golden Bauhinia Square (Source)

Daily Flag Raising Ceremony 
Conducted by the Hong Kong Police contingent, this ceremony involves uniformed officers hoisting the flag while the Police Silver Band plays the National Anthem. On the second Sunday of each month, this ceremony is performed by local youth uniformed groups. There is no band performance during this event.
Dates: Everyday, except the 1st of each month
Time: 7:50 AM – 8:03 AM
Enhanced Flag Raising Ceremony 
This flag-raising ceremony consists of a rifle unit in ceremonial attire and the playing of the national anthem by the Police Band. The Police Pipe Band performs for ten minutes after the flag-raising.
Dates: 1st of each month, except July and October
Time: 7:45 AM – 8:13 AM  
Special Flag Raising Ceremony 
To commemorate the day of Reunification on July 1 and the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, special events are held with the flag-raising ceremony, and a firework show is conducted at night.
Dates: July 1 and October 1
Time:  7:45 AM – 8:15 AM
Note: Bad weather may lead to the ceremony being cancelled. Check the weather report before planning a trip to the Square, and watch out for announcements in local channels regarding the cancellation.

How to Reach Golden Bauhinia Square

MTR: Take the Metro Island Line to MTR Wan Chai Station and exit through A5. Cross a footbridge, enter Central Plaza, walk through the overhead walkway, reach the waterfront, and find the Golden Bauhinia Square to the left. The walk from the station takes 10 minutes.

Ferry: The ferry boat from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to Wan Chai pier takes about 8 minutes. Tickets are priced at HKD 2.50 for adults and HKD 1.50 for children.

Bus: For prices starting from HKD 5.00, the following buses ply to Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Square is a one minute walk away.
25A, 307C, 905, 905P, 914X, 914P, 961, 961P, 978, 978A, 978B

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