Forever Blooming Bauhinia sculpture
Public Art : Forever Blooming
Also Known As : The Golden Bauhinia
Sculptor: © Unknown
Description: An enormous golden flowering
Bauhinia (orchid) on a granite base. One of the most photographed sculptures in Hong Kong ... other than
Date Unveiled: July 1st, 1997 by
Location: The Golden Bauhinia is located at
Golden Bauhinia Square (Expo Promenade) on Wan Chai waterfront, Hong Kong. You can't miss it, just look for a crowd
and numerous stalls offering to take a photo of you next to it.
The Forever Blooming Bauhinia sculpture
To mark the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), this
sculpture entitled Forever Blooming Bauhinia was presented as a gift to HKSAR by the Central People's
Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
The Vice Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the PRC, Qian Qichen, and Chief Executive of HKSAR,
Tung Chee Hwa co officiated at the ceremony for the unveiling and presentation of the sculpture on the
morning of 1 July, 1997.
The golden sculpture is in the shape of a bauhinia, the regional flag and emblem of the HKSAR also bear
the design of this flower. The sculpture stands on a red granite pedestal, which is cylindrical in the
upper part and takes the shape of a pyramid in the lower part, representing Chinese territory. The
rendering of the Great Wall on the pedestal symbolizes the greatness of our motherland. The "Forever
Blooming Bauhinia" is meant to augur a forever thriving future for Hong Kong.
The bronze sculpture together with the pedestal is 6 metres in height. The sculpture itself is coated
with gold and plated with gold foil. The pedestal is made of red Sichuan granite and the characters
carved on it are gilded.
Things You May Not Know About The Golden
Bauhinia: The forever blooming Bauhinia sculpture was a gift from the people of the People's
Republic of China to mark the widespread joy of the Chinese at the return of the territory to the Motherland by the
British after more than 100 years.
Every morning there is a flag raising ceremony with the Chinese anthem blasting from a vehicle next
to the sculpture.