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Hong Kong announces freebies and special offers for its 1 July celebrations

Planning a trip to the other side of the estuary? Time it right to enjoy complimentary admission to museums and swimming pools, free tram rides and more.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 6:49 am

The 26th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR is being celebrated on 1 July, and the city is marking the occasion with free rides and admissions as well as discounts at participating restaurants.

Among the highlights will be complimentary entry to Hong Kong’s showpiece M+ and Palace museums, as well as the popular Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Space Museum. You’ll also be able to enjoy a number of special exhibitions without paying a cent, including “The Poetry of Everyday Life” – the Joan Miró exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

The Hong Kong Wetland Park won’t be charging entry fees that day, nor will most of Hong Kong’s public swimming pools.

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To help you get around, the city’s iconic trams will be free on 1 July, as will certain cross-harbour ferry routes, including the Star Ferry route from the business district of Wanchai, on Hong Kong Island, to the tourist area of Tsim Sha Tsui, on the Kowloon peninsula.

More than 1,000 restaurants will be offering menu items for 71 percent of the regular price – a reference to the fact that Hong Kong SAR Day falls in the seventh month (July), on the first day.

The celebrations will be the first since the city emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic, and local retailers and restaurateurs are hoping for a bonanza. For details, visit the official anniversary website.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 6:49 am

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