Golden Bauhinia Square

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Golden Bauhinia Square
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Monument to commemorate the Monument to Commemorate the Return of Hong Kong to China
Oct 2020
There are two monuments of significance in the area of Golden Bauhinia Square on the north side of the HKCEC in Wanchai. The most recognised is the Golden Bauhinia monument on the NE side of the HKCEC. However, if you walk west around 60 metres along the promenade to the NW side of the HKCEC, you will also find the lesser known Monument to Commemorate the Return of Hong Kong to China. The Monument to Commemorate the Return of Hong Kong to China was erected on 1 July 1999 to celebrate and commemorate the return of Hong Kong from Great Britain two years earlier in 1997. The monument is 26 metres tall and has a width of 1.6 metres. What you will find is a simple pedestal holding up a bronze pillar, topped with a capital. The pillar is interestingly made up of 206 overlapping stone slabs, each representing a year between 1840 and 2047, there are six circular slabs with a lighter colour granite, representing the years 1842, 1860, 1898, 1982, 1984 and 1990. There is a flamed ring further up the pillar representing the year 1997. The capital which tops the pillar represents Hong Kong's long lasting strength, endurance and ability to thrive and prosper after her return to China. On the pedestal, facing west, you will find an engraving of the document of the one country, two system document written by then President Jian Zemin. On the east side, you will find the English translation of Zemin's words. You can combine seeing the Monument to commemorate the Monument to Commemorate the Return of Hong Kong to China along with the Golden Bauhinia. The area in between is now known as the Ani-Com Park where you will find 36 installations of ani-com characters, something fun for the little ones.

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Neighborhood: Wan Chai / Causeway Bay
Wan Chai and Causeway Bay are the retail centers of Hong Kong Island. Filled with shops, malls and restaurants, both areas are bustling with people – tourists and locals alike. Causeway Bay has one of the highest rents on the planet, and is a bit more polished and modern than its Wan Chai counterpart. Beneath the surface there is more than meets the eye – find boutique stores in the above ground floors of buildings and wander into side streets to find interesting restaurants and shops tucked away from the main roads. Wan Chai especially has experienced a modern revival in recent times, with an influx of trendy restaurants and bars around the Star Street area. In addition, both areas contain many of Hong Kong’s iconic tourist attractions worthy of your visit.
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  • Wan Chai • 10 min walk
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Hong Kong, China3,872 contributions
More wasted waterfront space...
Dec 2020 • Solo
...which will hopefully be remedied soon given all the work going on next to the HKCC building. This area has the big flower statue, some cartoon character models (which kids may like) and some public toilets but little else to recommend it. Considering its great location, I found it a bit disappointing, somewhat in keeping with most of the rest of the front I ran along from Central.
Written December 30, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BradJill
Hong Kong, China137,157 contributions
Monument to commemorate the Monument to Commemorate the Return of Hong Kong to China
Oct 2020
There are two monuments of significance in the area of Golden Bauhinia Square on the north side of the HKCEC in Wanchai. The most recognised is the Golden Bauhinia monument on the NE side of the HKCEC. However, if you walk west around 60 metres along the promenade to the NW side of the HKCEC, you will also find the lesser known Monument to Commemorate the Return of Hong Kong to China.

The Monument to Commemorate the Return of Hong Kong to China was erected on 1 July 1999 to celebrate and commemorate the return of Hong Kong from Great Britain two years earlier in 1997. The monument is 26 metres tall and has a width of 1.6 metres. What you will find is a simple pedestal holding up a bronze pillar, topped with a capital.

The pillar is interestingly made up of 206 overlapping stone slabs, each representing a year between 1840 and 2047, there are six circular slabs with a lighter colour granite, representing the years 1842, 1860, 1898, 1982, 1984 and 1990. There is a flamed ring further up the pillar representing the year 1997.

The capital which tops the pillar represents Hong Kong's long lasting strength, endurance and ability to thrive and prosper after her return to China. On the pedestal, facing west, you will find an engraving of the document of the one country, two system document written by then President Jian Zemin. On the east side, you will find the English translation of Zemin's words.

You can combine seeing the Monument to commemorate the Monument to Commemorate the Return of Hong Kong to China along with the Golden Bauhinia. The area in between is now known as the Ani-Com Park where you will find 36 installations of ani-com characters, something fun for the little ones.
Written October 17, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,768 contributions
Historic 'Handover' Site
Aug 2020
You’ll find this square right out the front of the HK Exhibition Centre. Historically, it’s an important site that marks a turning point in Hong Kong’s history. It was at this spot, inside the centre that the handover took place and Britain returned Hong Kong to China on 30 June, 1997.
The square is named after the bauhinia flower, which became the new national symbol. Bauhinias appear in the square in the Hong Kong flag and as a giant golden sculpture.
The new HK flag has a highly stylised, white bauhinia in the centre (although in real life the flower is actually purpley coloured).
If you didn't notice the bauhinia on the flag, you can’t miss the giant, gleaming golden ‘Forever Blooming Bauhinia’ sculpture which was a gift from China to mark the handover.
Every day from around 7:50am –8:03am, there is a formal flag-raising ceremony in the square.
Written September 21, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China137,157 contributions
Monument symbolising the return of Hong Kong to China
May 2020
The "Forever Blooming Bauhinia" sculpture is located at Golden Bauhina Square on the promenade side of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC) in Wanchai. This monument was given as a gift from Central Government on 1 July 1997 and is a symbol of the return of the city to the motherland (China) after 150 years of rule under the British Crown and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).

What you find here is a 6 metre tall, gilded Bauhina flower placed upon a red Sichuen granite pedestal. At this sight, there is a flag raising ceremony at 7.50am each day. During normal times, the area is almost always frequented by large numbers of mainland Chinese tourists eager to see the monument, which for quite a few years was also touted as one of Hong Kong's most important attractions.

These days, during the Covid-19 outbreak, the square is usually empty, especially now that mainland tourists are not visiting the city. As such, you can see the Bauhinia sculpture more peacefully and take unobstructed photos for the time being. This will surely change in the future when mainland Chinese tourists return to Hong Kong.
Written May 1, 2020
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RayICue
Cornelius, NC3,888 contributions
I liked it !
Oct 2019 • Solo
No it’s small and seemingly insignificant, but when you are stuck at the Grand Hyatt waiting transportation; the Square is a very relaxing and nice to have park . It is pretty and has some interesting statues, also flowers .
Written October 29, 2019
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Takisjr
Fulpmes, Austria209 contributions
So what ???
Oct 2019 • Solo
There is nothing to do or see
Only a golden statue
The sea view is much nicer
Take a visit or a look only if your near by
Written October 22, 2019
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Snowball's adventure
Barnet, UK6,679 contributions
Average, not much to see
Nov 2018 • Couples
The Golden Bauhinia Square is most famous for:
i) its Golden Bauhinia statue which was a gift from the Chinese government. The Bauhinia Blakeana flower is also the symbol of the regional flag of Hong Kong.
ii) its arena as it was where the handover of Hong Kong ceremony took place in July 1997.
iii) its flag-raising ceremony every day, at 8 am.
iv) its Monument in Commemoration of the Return of Hong Kong to China.

The Golden Bauhinia Square reflects a combination of feelings towards different groups of people. For example:
i) to many foreigners, it might be one of the tourist attractions.
ii) to a lot of tourists from China, this arena might be a memorable spot to celebrate the handover of Hong Kong from the former British government.
iii) However, for many HK locals, the Golden Bauhinia Square is probably one of the most unpopular & hated arenas due to their anti-mainland feelings. As both of the Monument and the Bauhinia statue represent the unpopular of the "Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government" and the failed experiment of "One Country, Two Systems". It also inevitably brings back the locals of the "good & glory" memories they had before July 1997, when HK was governed by the former British government.
Although I came here with no high expectation, I still couldn't hide my disappointment as it wasn't much to see here and was not my cup of tea. The only other people I saw here were the tourists from Mainland China.
Only recommended if you're nearby.
Written May 26, 2019
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eileent3821
Singapore, Singapore1,621 contributions
GOOD HARBOUR VIEW
Apr 2019 • Friends
The significance of the Bauhinia as an emblem for Hong Kong but nothing much at the square except for the statue. The daily flag-raising ceremony at 8 a.m. attracts more Chinese and foreign tourists than Hong Kong citizens. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is also in the same complex and depending on your luck, you may be able to visit an event happening there! Overall, 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.
Written May 1, 2019
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Truthful Reviews
London, UK7,349 contributions
Patriotic Reunification
Mar 2019 • Solo
Worth a quick visit if you are in the area. I walked there (30 mins) after visiting the blue house.

If you need to get back to central you can always get the MTR or if you want to go to Tsim Sha Tsui and the Kowloon side then the ferry is a quick option about 10 mins from the monument.

There are plenty of superhero’s here too so you won’t get the children bored on this visit!
Written March 27, 2019
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Kenneth Tan
Singapore, Singapore193 contributions
Worth heading there if you have extra time
Mar 2019 • Friends
Not something very fantastic but good if you wanna add this pic to your instagram collection. More interested in the helipad which is nearby and there are also peddlers that offers to take pictures for you before editing and selling it to you.
Written March 21, 2019
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