Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu announced that Hong Kong residents and visitors to the city can avail various government-run transportation and recreational services for free, starting July 1, to celebrate the 26th anniversary of HKSAR Establishment Day.

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, Lee said that the following services and facilities will be free to mark the public holiday:

  • Free Star Ferry rides on the Central-Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai-Tsim Sha Tsui routes on July 1
  • Free and discounted rides on the Hong Kong Water Taxi’s various routes
  • Free tram rides for five days, starting July 1
  • Free use of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s indoor and outdoor activities and facilities. This includes swimming pools, entry to the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Space Museum, M+ Museum, seven thematic exhibitions of the Hong Kong Palace Museum, and guided tours of 12 programmes under the revitalisation scheme of the city’s historic sites

In addition, more than 1,000 catering outlets will give customers discounts on specific dishes on their menus. The details of which establishments have signed up to provide these offers will be announced soon.

Earlier, Kowloon Motor Bus announced that children between 3 and 12 years old will get free bus trips for 13 days from June to August, which includes July 1 and 2.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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