The Handover Ceremony 1997 was a ceremony of the handover of Hong Kong from the British to the Central Government of China on 30 Jun 1997. It was a huge event held here on the Promenade in front of The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Central. The ceremony was represented by Prince of Wales of the British and President Jiang Zemin of the Central Government of China. You will see the The Monument in Commemoration of the return of HK to China, and the Golden Bauhinia Square of the Reunification Monument at the promenade, which was a gift from the Central Government of China to landmark the event.
There is a flag-raising ceremony here at 7:45am each morning.
Ignoring the taller skyscrapers, the Convention Center stands right out if you're viewing from the Kowloon side of the harbour. It's got a distinctive curvy roof.
The Convention Center was where the UK-China handover ceremony took place on July 1, 1997. Outside the center near the harbour front, there is a giant statue called Golden Bauhinia, which was a handover gift from China. Bauhinia is Hong Kong's city flower. This is a must stop for tour groups from Mainland China.
The waterfront walkway around the Center provides endless photo opportunities of the skyline of both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
Big, opulent and majestic. You can't miss it. You can see it from across Victoria Harbour. Take a walk around it and marvel at its architecture or walk inside just to catch some good old air-conditioning on a hot summer day.
The Hong kong Convention centre by the waterfront on Hong Kong island is a modern facility with all any congress visitor or organiser can wish for. The most prestigious congresses and expos are held here.
The Centre is very prominent and thus fits right into the Hong Kong cityscape, but the Golden Bauhinia just in front of it is almost easy to miss. The Golden Bauhinia was created for the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, and the Chinese are proud of this flowery symbol of reunification. So, as you may guess, the bauhinia is surrounded by tourists from all over the place, but especially people from mainland China. In addition to the bauhinia, there is also a black obelisque commemorating the event and as obelisques go, this is a bit unique as it is engraved with Chinese pictograms rather than Egyptian.
Go here just to have a quick look at the monuments, the convention centre and the view over the harbour.
This place was built on reclaimed land. State of the art convention centre was built in record pace and I witnessed it all. As you can see in this pic taken in June 1996 people are still on roof of the convention centre giving it finishing touches!!!!
The mammoth monolith of the Convention and Exhibition Centre at Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island does little for me from an architectural point of view, but it does provide great access to the harbour and the view across to Kowloon. But you can also get great sunset photos from here, seeing the sun set between the high-rise of Central.
The Golden Bauhinia is a gift from the people of the PRC to mark the widespread joy of the Chinese at the return of the territory to the Motherland after 156 years. Catch all the pomp and ceremony of the official, daily flag raising at the Golden Bauhinia Square located outside the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. This major sightseeing attraction has been the venue for the flag raising since 1997 when Hong Kong was returned to Chinese sovereignty.
Take the MTR to Wan Chai Station, leaving from the A1 Exit. Walk across the footbridge, head right and through the lobby of Central Plaza, continue on across the connecting overhead walkway, then descend to ground level. Head towards the waterfront ahead, and you will find the statue and monument on the left.
w/o a doubt the official centre of Hong Kong . built smack in the middle of the most expensive land property, a landmark of Asian trade headquarters where grand conferences & exhibition never cease to open . its giant gulliver wings were finished in time for the British turnover . and ofcourse major hotels & restaurants surround amidst business buildings which feed its bank .
My mother wanted to visit the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. I didn't know why because like most convention centers, I knew that there would be nothing to see inside. I guess what she wanted us to see was the big statue of the Bauhinia Flower around the back of the convention center. A lot of people come here to have their picture taken with the flower because it's Hong Kong's symbol flower. There's also another statue (tall black statue) that represents the separation of Hong Kong from British rule. There are good views of Kowloon from this area because it's right on the waterfront. Inside the convention center, they have a business center (I think it was) and I was able to use the internet for free to send a couple of emails. The Hong Kong & Kowloon post offices also have free internet access, although there is only one computer in each place.
A display of the new Chinese rule can be found here on Hong Kong island. Paradoxically, it only emphasises the new Chinese inclination of pursuing capitalist goals, rather than stamp out the former Western rule!
Anyway, enough philosophy, the area makes for a good stroll and snaphappy tourists know this, too! The golden Bauhinia (Lotus) is worth a look.
Hong Kong, with its area of more than 1000 square km, consists of Kowloon (peninsula), Hongkong island (merely 7% of the whole area), New Territories and lots of little islands. Hongkong island is the economic centre with lots of steel and glass skyscrapers, which are mainly in the north. The central part of the island is occupied by the 'green zone' and the southern is a kind of rural area. This relatively low round building is the Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is here that the ceremony of Hong Kong handover took place on June 30th, 1997.
no doubt at some time in hong kong you will see (and notice) the convention centre wheather you are at tsim sha tsui promenade ot on hong kong island. it is very photogenic and you will probably find yourself having your photo taken with it in the background. you can browse inside the convention centre, but its exterior is more interesting than its interior.
View of Kowloon from Convention Centre. The ship behind offers cruises in the South China Sea for 3 - 7 days. For more information, ask HK's local travel agencies, or drop by the cruise office at Harbour City.
Also visible is Tsim Sha Tsui, including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre & the lankmark Peninsula hotel.
The Convention Center is one of Hong Kong's most important venues for trade fairs, exhibitions and international conventions. Its harbour-facing glass curtain wall is the largest in the world. The extension to the building, with its distinctive winged roof, sits on a man-made island in Victoria Harbour.
This was the site of the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.
In the last couple of years, a new extension to the convention center was built, and how has become a defining landmark in HK's world renowned city skyline. Its grand architecture & its highly-desirable location allows it be become the ideal showcase venue.
Outside, in front of the convention centre, is Bauhinia Square, where there is a statue called Golden Bauhinia. The statue was created to commenorate Hk's return to China from the UK.
The promenade that surrounds the area provides breathtaking views and endless photo oppurtunities of Victoria harbour.