Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hong Kong (香港) - Golden Bauhinia Square (金紫荆广场)

For the last day in Hong Kong, it was decided to be purely on shopping. However, as the rest was still in their deep slumbers by the time I was done, I went for a walk at Golden Bauhinia Square before the eventual shopping spree. 

Getting to the square is easy. A quick MTR ride and a 15 minute of walking and you will be facing the golden statue in no time. There are signs everywhere to lead you to the right direction so you do not have to be afraid of going the wrong way.

Typical Hong Kong scenery

View from the walkway

Even though I woke up very early, it was still not early enough for the daily flag-raising ceremony, evidently so with the the China and Hong Kong flags both wavered at the top of their flag poles. I heard that it was quite a ceremony to witness yourself. Well, I guess I have to try again next time.

Golden Bauhinia Square

This Golden Bauhinia statue was a gift from China to the city island back in 1997 when Hong Kong was returned back to the mainland by the British. This significant landmark has become a major tourist destination especially for the Chinese to mark the 1997 Handover. During my visit, it was crowded with tourists as well as students on field trip.

Large crowds at the city's landmark

While the appeal of the Golden Bauhinia statue can only last for awhile, the ever captivating sight of Victoria Harbour will definitely draw you in. This harbour serves as the backdrop for this sculpture and you can stand and admire it as I did after I was done taking photos of the Golden Bauhinia statue. And right besides the statue is another Hong Kong landmark, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, one of the settings for Jackie Chan's film, New Police Story.

Victoria Harbour

International Commerce Centre, where Sky100 is located at, on the left


Sharing is caring. A word of advice and a piece of information.

Take the MTR to Wan Chai Station and alight at Exit A5. Signboards are there to lead you all the way. There will be flag-raising ceremony everyday except the first day of the month from 7.50 a.m. to 8.03 a.m. where Hong Kong police officers in ceremonial uniforms will raise the flags while national anthem being played. On the first day of the month from 7.45 a.m. to 8.13 a.m., extravagant flag-raising ceremony will take place with the police officers together with a rifle unit. Police Band will play the national anthem followed by a 10-minute musical performance by the Police Pipe Band. However, the ceremony is subject to the weather conditions. For more information, visit Discover Hong Kong's website.

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