Perks and Fun to Check Out for Free this July 1 Holiday in Hong Kong
by: The Beat Asia
June 23, 2023
To celebrate the 26th annual HKSAR Establishment Day, the government has announced a day of free admissions and complimentary use for public facilities! Though July 1 falls on a Saturday this year, both the civilians of Hong Kong and tourists in the city are privy to enjoying a wide range of activities and attractions for gratis, alongside a series of discounts that are set to delight.
Hong Kong’s Free Rides on Public Transport
Between July 1 to 5, hop on the tram at any point on the map to enjoy a free ride!
On July 1, travellers between Kowloon and the Island side can enjoy the Star Ferry journey between Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai for free. Those who take the Fortune Ferry voyage between Central and Hung Hom, or who go on the water taxi jettying around Tsim Sha Tsui East to Wan Chai to Central and West Kowloon, can all enjoy free rides on the waves. Anybody celebrating their birthday on the holiday is also entitled to free journeys on the Fortune Ferry 'Tuen Mun-Tung Chung-Sha Lo Wan-Tai O' and 'North Point-Kwun Tong-Kai Tak' routes.
Free Entry to Museums and Cultural Destinations
You won’t have to venture far out into the wilderness to witness the biodiversity in Hong Kong, as the Hong Kong Wetland Park is offering a day of free entry on July 1 to the public.
Astronomy and science lovers can head over to the Tsim Sha Tsui area to check out the Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Space Museum, with admission waived. Though please note that eager observers to the stars will still need to pay for their ticket to the Space Theatre shows.
Further out west, visitors to M+ and the Hong Kong Palace Museum can also attend these cultural sites for free. Up to seven thematic exhibitions at the Palace Museum will be welcoming all with no admission fee needed.
What’s more, history buffs can also become acquainted with the various landmarks that have been transformed through the Comissioner for Heritage’s Office’s Revatilizing Historic Buildings Through Partnership programme through guided tours and workshops, alongside special discounted or complimentary refreshments around the location’s area on offer.
Book Public Facilities Around Hong Kong for Free
Members of the public can book LCSD sporting facilities at the Leisure Link booking counters at LCSD venues or via Internet booking on a first-come, first-served basis for free use and rentals on July 1. On the day of, available leisure facilities will be given to those not taken up by block bookings.
The list of facilities includes indoor facilities such as badminton courts, fitness rooms, and bowling greens, as well as outdoor facilities such as batting cages, archery ranges, and craft at water sports centres. Public swimming pools will also be open for free use, except for Wan Chai Swimming Pool and the temporarily closed Kowloon Tsai Swimming Pool. Click here to see the full terms and conditions.
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