Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center may not be at the top of the list as a tourist spot, but it is a bulwark in keeping Hong Kong at the top of the convention capitals of China, and is also an historic marker, as next door Bauhinia Square marks the transfer of Hong Kong’s sovereignty back to China, from Great Britain. Daily flag raisings still mark the formation of Hong Kong as a special administrative region.
It seems natural then that the center regularly marks the ringing in of the New Year, and event celebrated by a galaxy of fireworks, launched from land and water at Victoria Harbor. Together it remembers British influence and culture, and stands as a monument to reunited China as well.
A huge complex that has undergone two expansions to keep up with rising demand and competition, HKCEC now has 83,000 square meters of exhibition space, with thousands more in total rentable space.
Along with being able to host large exhibitions, it is also connected to several top hotels, houses seven restaurants and has parking space for well over a thousand vehicles. What that means for exhibitions in Hong Kong is that in its record year of 2010-2011, the center had nearly six million visitors, and hosted over 1,200 events of all kinds including over one hundred exhibitions.
The layout of the building complex according to many reviewers is simple to navigate considering its size. Nevertheless, HKCEC still offers mobile apps to help attendees find their way through the halls. It also marks rooms, events and schedules and provides them the quickest route to their destination.
Events and Activities
If not the largest convention center in Asia (it misses out to Shanghai and Singapore among others), HKCEC is still a major hub in the region’s diverse economy. Just a few of this year’s 2014 events include a championship dog show, a jewelry and gem fair, an international travel expo, a disease forum and a conference on robotics and automation.
Many of the events hosted are among Asia’s and the word’s largest. It’s not hard to see how it stimulates a spectrum of businesses and has won International Convention Center awards in the past. HKCEC may expand once again to continue to host the largest shows. For now it is an outstanding center of business and landmark along Victoria Harbor. Even if you are not here for business, perhaps you will catch the New Year’s fireworks which will likely shoot over the water and palatial buildings for years to come.