Five Events In Hong Kong In 2012

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Flower Show at Victoria Park is running from 9am to 9pm every day, from the 16th to the 25th of March 2012. Come along and savour the sweet fragrances of the blooms on show. The displays consist of houseplants, magnificent bouquets and a variety of garden designs, as well as photography and sketch displays. Contestants travel from all over the world to compete in the show, which this year has taken Floral Delights as its theme. The theme flower is the hyacinth. A wide variety of plants and flowers as well as gardening products will be on sale from the stalls. The specialist knowledge offered by the people working here will be invaluable for anyone with an interest in flowers and gardening. Feel free to pick their brains! Tickets are available at the onsite ticket booth at HK$14 for an adult ticket, or HK$7 for a concession.

Entertainment Expo Hong Kong 2012 begins on the 19th of March and continues for four weeks up to the 15th of April. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the great innovations being made in Hong Kong’s movie, television, music and digital entertainment industries. Presentation ceremonies honouring the brightest and best in the industry will be hosted during the month at the Hong Kong Film Awards, which forms part of the Expo. No doubt this is also the time when a large number of films will either be given the green light or stopped in their tracks.

Screenings of new home grown and international movies of all genres, whether they be block busters or art house, form a huge part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. 2012 is the 36th Film Festival, and it starts on the 21st of March, continuing for two weeks up to the 5th of April. Due to the huge amount of movies being screened, the Festival is taking place at a number of locations, such as the Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Space Museum, UA Cinema, Hong Kong Art Museum and Hong Kong Science Museum.

From the 23rd to the 25th of March 2012, Hong Kong Stadium will be the place to be as the Hong Kong Sevens 2012 rugby tournament takes place. Hong Kong invented seven-a-side rugby back in the mid 70s, and since then this exciting game has proved to be hugely popular in the region. There are three trophies up for grabs in the contest – the Cup, the Plate and the Bowl. Tickets are no longer available to purchase in Hong Kong, but they are still on sale overseas.

The Virtuous Heritage exhibition, which is running at the University Museum and Art Gallery, at the University of Hong Kong from now until the 15th of April 2012,  tells the fascinating story of the politically and socially important Xu Family of Guangzhou. It shows how, over the generations, they played the roles of Mandarins, revolutionaries, educators and scientists. There is no entry fee.