Golden Bauhinia Square

Golden Bauhinia Square

While I was teaching at the university in Hong Kong, I would have some off hours, before and after teaching my class. On my first day of class, my colleagues asked me if I planned to see any sights during the free time. I had heard about the flag raising ceremony at the Golden Bauhinia Square, and I named that as one of the Things To Do in Hong Kong.

To my surprise, my colleagues said that even they were not aware of such a daily event. We agreed that the Golden Bauhinia is quite a sight to behold, and I should go take a look. So, off I went during one of the mornings, before breakfast, because the flag raising ceremony was early in the morning.

In this post, I share with you about the beautiful Golden Bauhinia, the daily flag raising ceremony, a video of the place and the ceremony, what time is the ceremony, what to expect, plus how to get there.


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Golden Bauhinia Square – The Video

The Golden Bauhinia is located right next to one of the shores of Victoria Harbor. In this video, you will see the magnificent beauty of the waters, the pathway along the shore where people walk, jog and exercise, the awesome and huge Gold Bauhinia statue as well as the very cool flag raising ceremony by the lovely Hong Kong policewomen.

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How I Got to Golden Bauhinia Square – Don’t Make the Same Mistake as I Did

I had it all planned out. The Flag Raising Ceremony would commenced at 7.50 am sharp. According to Google Map, it would take about 20 minutes from Butterfly on Morrison, where I was staying at, to the square by foot.

So, the plan was to wake at 6.30 am. Get ready by 7.20 am. Then walk to the Golden Bauhinia Square in time for the flag raising ceremony. After that, I would have time to explore the area a little bit before going for a delicious and nutritious breakfast at The Flying Pan.

Boy, was I wrong. haha

Travel Tip: Do not trust Google Maps

My first advice – Do not trust Google Maps so much. The suggested route was not an easy journey. It was also a less scenic route. I had to climb up and down lots of steps. And navigate alongside a huge construction site.

It was only after the ceremony and exploration of what was around the convention and exhibition centre, when I was navigating from the square to The Flying Pan that I realized that there is a better way to get to this popular attraction.

Travel Tip: See the How To Get to Golden Bauhinia Square info (further down this article)

Do not repeat my mistake. Go to the How to Get to Golden Bauhinia Square section below. There is an easier way to reach this place.

Due to the misleading info from Google Maps, I had to hurry my steps. I did not want to miss the flag raising ceremony. As I hurried to be on time, I thought back about my research on this famous attraction. See the next section to read about what I discovered about this interesting site.


About Golden Bauhinia Square

Golden Bauhinia Sculpture
Golden Bauhinia Sculpture

The Golden Bauhinia Square is named after the brilliant giant statue of a golden Bauhinia Blakeana that is placed here. It is located in an open area in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, just outside of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. Here is a photo of the flower.

Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower
Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower

It looks familiar to me. There are small trees near my home with such flowers. Do they look like Bauhinia to you?

Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower near my home
Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower near my home

The sculpture at this square is six metres high. It is called the Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture. It was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 Handover as a symbol of reunification.

This attraction is very popular with Chinese visitors. The statue has inscriptions of the calligraphy of President Jiang Zemin. He was the China representative at the Handover Ceremony.

The Forever Blooming Golden Bauhinia Sculpture Info Sign
The Forever Blooming Golden Bauhinia Sculpture Info Sign

Travel Tip: Visit this famous and popular attraction and watch the Flag Raising Ceremony
See info below


Daily Flag-raising Ceremony

One of the reasons I decided to visit this place of interest is also because of the flag raising ceremony. It is conducted every day by the Hong Kong Police Force. I simply enjoyed the pomp and grandeur of this event. Plus it is done against the beautiful Victoria Harbor as a backdrop.

Travel Tip: Do Take Note – The Flag Raising Ceremony is conducted every day except the first day of each month

It starts at 7.50 and ends at 8.03 am.

Travel Tip: Be there at least 10 minutes before. They start on time!

I would advise you to be there at least 10 minutes earlier. I somehow managed to arrive there much earlier. And was able to go about capturing photos and videos of the sights around this place.

Hong Kong Police Officers who performed the flag raising ceremony
Hong Kong Police Officers who performed the flag raising ceremony

As you can see from the photos, the officers are in their uniform. You may not be able to hear it in the video, but there is the national anthem being played during this event.

Enhanced Flag Raising Ceremony

There is also the enhanced flag raising ceremony. This is done on the first day of every month. It starts at 7.45 am and ends at 8.13 am.

There is more time allocated for this special ceremony because there will also be a 10-minute musical performance by the Police Pipe Band. They also play the national anthem instead of a recorded playback.

Another unique feature of this special event is that the rifle unit will accompany the officers during the ceremony.

Special Flag Raising Ceremony

This is another version of this ceremony, and it is held on the first day of July and October.

Travel Tip: The Flag Raising Ceremony may be cancelled at any time due to bad weather conditions. Check with your hotel concierge before visiting this site.


Golden Bauhinia Square – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

When I researched about this attraction, I read all the information with interest. And looked at all the photos and videos with fascination. It must be so cool to watch the ceremony and look at the Golden Bauhinia statue first hand.

And I was so right. I enjoyed every moment.

The statue was so beautiful to behold. No photo or video can replace seeing it in real life. The gold colors are breathtaking. And the size and importance of it is awesome.

Reading Tip: Watch the video to see all the action

I especially appreciated the officers performing the ceremony. You can see they take such pride in doing it. When I was there, their family and friends were there to support them.

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You can see how proud the parents were. And friends were smiling with such joy for their friends who are the officers, who have been specially selected for this role and event.

Nothing beats being there and seeing all that. I highly recommend waking a little early, and taking time to experience all this at the Golden Bauhinia Square.


Where is Golden Bauhinia Square?

As mentioned earlier, the Golden Bauhinia Square is located at the open space outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). I didn’t really notice this fact earlier when I decided to visit this site. Had I been more observant, I would have made my way to the centre, and my journey would have been more pleasant.

Here is a map showing where this square is located. After the map, I have provided info about the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

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What is the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)?

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Fans of the famous Hong Kong actor, Jackie Chan, will remember this building. It was the setting for the dramatic grand finale of his popular movie, New Police Story. And no wonder they chose this centre.

It has a vast curtain of glass. The 40,000 square metre aluminium roof is created to echo a seabird soaring in flight. As such, it is a major landmark on the Hong Kong Island skyline.

It is also known internationally as a world class convention and exhibition centre. To its credit, it has been voted Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia 13 times by industry awards.

Travel Tip: Have fun at this site. Check out the Ani-Com Park @ Harbour Fun

Ani-Com Park @Harbour Fun where you can see life size statues of many local comic characters
Ani-Com Park @Harbour Fun where you can see life size statues of many local comic characters

Near the Golden Bauhinia statue, and also outside the centre, there is the Ani-Com Park@Harbour Fun. You can find life like statues of popular local comic characters here.

Operating Hours

As the statue is outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, it is literally open 24 hours, and 7 days a week.

More importantly, note the flag raising ceremony (hours given above).

Address

1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Telephone: +852 2582 8888


How to Get to Golden Bauhinia Square?

MTR

In Hong Kong, one of the best ways to get to famous attractions is by MTR. This place is no exception. Take the MTR to the Wan Chai Station. Then go to Exit A5.

Walk along the footbridge of O’Brien Road. Then pass through the Immigration Tower and Central Plaza to get to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Bus

If you decide to take the bus, note that these are the buses to this place – 25A, 307C, 905, 905P, 914X, 914P, 961, 961P, 978, 978A, or 978b.

Take the bus to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and then walk north to the square.

Taxi

Taxis are easy to catch in Hong Kong. You can get one to bring you direct to the Golden Bauhinia Square. For more information about Taxis and Grab, go to my page about Hong Kong.

Walk

If you are staying at a hotel that is near to this site, just like me, you can walk over here. Simply ask your hotel concierge for directions to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Travel Tip: Don’t make the same mistake that I did and use Google Map or ask for directions to the Golden Bauhinia Square. It is better to aim for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels.

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10 Replies to “Golden Bauhinia Square”

  1. This is a well-written article. This is a place to be enjoyed in person. The flowers look similar to orchids. I have to add this to a place to one day go and visit.

    1. Thanks Louis. Yes, while the photos, story and video does help, it is much better to see it in person. I hope you do get to visit the Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong soon.

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    1. Thanks Yomi. I am happy you like the description. I do my best to share my personal experiences here. This gives every place a special meaning.

      And I am happy to hear you will visit Hong Kong someday. I look forward to hearing about your adventures there.

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  2. Love this article and the photographs are breathtaking, you should consider being a travel guide you are so good at sharing awesome places to visit and things to do while you are there.

    Jeff

  3. Thanks for posting this article, I love the way you are always able to capture many of the great sites and attraction in your travels, it almost just like being there. I love the way the flag raising was conducted by the police and how precise they were in the delivery. We have talked about visiting Hong Kong in the future and I am sure we will add this to our list of things to visit while we are there.

    1. You’re welcome, Dena. Thank you for your kind praise and love for what I do here. It is one of my goals to share my experience, and have readers feel as if they are there with me. I look forward to you and your husband visiting Hong Kong. When you do, please let me know. Also, please use Asia Travel Gems to find awesome places to play, eat and stay. 🙂

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