A new set of flag raising ceremony was introduced Monday at the Gold Bauhinia Square outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
The new ceremony, effective on the first, 11th and 21st day of every month, begins with a 46-member police band in white uniform playing music in praise of the motherland as well as unity and friendship. Meanwhile 10 riflemen escorted five flag raisers into the square. At 08:00 a.m., the national flag of the People's Republic of China and the flag of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) are hoisted in the National Anthem.
In the end, the 21-member HK Police Pipe Band in black-and-red traditional Scottish costume played traditional Scottish light music.
Nearly 1,000 people witnessed the flag raising ceremony. Among them is a 88-year-old Hong Kong resident, who said it's a good thing that Hong Kong returned to the motherland as Hong Kong people are, after all, Chinese.
According to the HKSAR government, special arrangements will be made on the anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR which falls on July 1 and the National Day on October 1. While on other days, five police officers will conduct the flag raising ceremony.