Historically, this is a very important site, marking a turning point in Hong Kong’s history. It was here that the 1997 handover took place and Britain handed Hong Kong back to China.
It’s horizontal form juts out over the harbour and is in stark contrast to all the surrounding skyscrapers. There are a number of competing theories about the roof design. Some say it is based on a turtle and others say a lotus leaf or the wings of a seabird in flight. It reminded me a little of the Sydney Opera House.
I’ve not been inside and unless you are attending an event here, there’s no real reason why you would venture in. However, there are several things to look at or do from the outside, including:
1. Harbour Views - from the front, you look directly across the harbour towards Kowloon and the iconic green and white Star ferries shuttle past this point from Wan Chai to TST
2. History - The tall column at the front stands as monument to the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China. At its base, is a commemorative plaque.
3. Symbol of HK - the striking golden sculpture at the front is a Bauhinia flower. Positively gleaming in the sunlight, it is the national symbol of Hong Kong.
4. Current Exhibitions – Currently there is a Manga exhibition. About 30 larger-than-life Manga figures fill the square at the front.
5. Flag-Raising Ceremony – daily, but you need to be here pretty early
6. Promenade – from here you can join the beautiful promenade and walk right around to Central, following the harbour.