Located in Wanchai
on the waterfront, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition
Center is one of the most prominent landmarks around Victoria
Harbor, and it was where the hand-over of Hong Kong back
to China took place in 1997. It has become the de facto venue
for many major ceremonies, and the Golden Bauhinia Square
in front of it is now a main tourist spot.
In addition to the government official ceremonies, major
exhibitions and expos are held here regularly.
There are a few easy ways of getting there. Since the
Wanchai Pier is just nearby, you can just take the Star
Ferry to Wanchai from Tsim
Sha Tsui in Kowloon.
It is linked to the Wanchai MTR
subway station via a series of footbridges - you will pass
through a couple of buildings including the Central
Plaza (an interesting building in itself). (Above
right: the Golden Bauhinia Square in front of the HK Convention
and Exhibition Center)
Connected to the complex are a couple of harbor
view hotels within just walking distance without even
going outdoors. If you're one of the exhibitors at an event
in the HK Convention and Exhibition Center, staying in either
would be ideal. (2009.2.7)