Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee announced that residents and tourists in the city can ride the city’s trams, light rail, and New Territories buses for free on July 1, to celebrate HKSAR Establishment Day. The territory’s leader said that entry to the Hong Kong Wetland Park and indoor and outdoor venues run by the Leisure and Cultural Department will also be free, and that restaurants across the city will have special discounts on this public holiday.

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There will be discounted tickets for the Peak Tram and Hong Kong Ocean Park on July 1 (© danielvfung, Leung Cho Pan via Canva)

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Lee added that the public will have free access to the regular exhibitions of the Hong Kong Science Museum, as well as to the Hong Kong Museum of Art and M+. In addition, all exhibitions of the Hong Kong Palace Museum will also be free. The CE further explained that visitors to Ocean Park Hong Kong will get 30% off their tickets from June 29-July 1, and children and the elderly will get discounted tickets on the Peak Tram on July 1. 

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Hong Kong recently celebrated the Dragon Boat Festival on June 10 with a free drone show at the Wan Chai temporary promenade, which will be followed by a fireworks display on June 15 at the same venue. The festivities for the annual celebration will continue this weekend with the 2024 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races on June 15 and 16, which is also a non-ticketed event.

Header image credit: danielvfung & Leung Cho Pan via Canva, Hong Kong Museum of Art

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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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