The Hong Kong Convention Center located in a prime location in the waterfront right on Victoria Harbour just a stone-throw away from the busy Central District, is another of the city's easily recognizable landmarks with its very distinctive glass structure of beautiful flowing lines which where designed to resemble a bird in flight.
Built on reclaimed land in 1988, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is home to many of the world's largest and most prestigious trade shows and exhibitions and is host to a formidable array of conferences and cultural and entertainment events throughout the year.
Together with the newer AsiaWorld Expo (AWE) in Lantau Island, the HKCEC and AWE are Hong Kong's major venues for high caliber events and there is bound to be something going on during your visit should you decide to come in for a peek. Check the schedule of Hong Kong's Festivals and Events for the month of your visit and find out if there is anything going on that interests you.
In the past, the HKCEC has served as a venue among other events for:
- Screenings for the HK International Film Festival
- Art Basel Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Arts Festival performances: Theater, Dance, Classical Music, Opera, etc.
- Many trade fairs and exhibitions
There are seven restaurants at the Hong Kong Convention Center, offering a range of dining options from casual Western and Asian fare to award-winning restaurants.
If you happen to be in town for one of the many Fireworks celebrations, such as National Day or Chinese New Year, you can make a reservation at one of the many restaurants of the HKCEC which offer superb views of the harbour.
The different restaurants at the HKCEC offer several packages for dinner, including Buffets or Set Dinners and an exclusive viewing zone is reserved for the diners at the Golden Bauhinia Square facing the Harbour so you can enjoy the fireworks.
Golden Bauhinia Square
The Golden Bauhinia Square is the promenade just outside the HK Convention Centre facing the waterfront.
The focal point of the square is the "Forever Blooming Bauhinia" Sculpture which was presented to the people by the Central Chinese Government during the Handover ceremony in 1997 which took place at the Convention Centre.
The Bauhinia is Hong Kong's national flower and is also the emblem used in the Hong Kong Flag.
There is a daily flag-raising ceremony at the Square at 7:45 a.m. The National Anthem is played by the Police Band followed by a 10-minute musical performance by the Police Pipe Band.
How to get to the HKCEC
Take the MTR Wan Chai Station Exit A5. It's a 10-minute walk to the Convention Centre via the foot bridges and walkways, just keep heading towards the water, you can't miss it.
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