A Place for Everyone
The West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world, stretching across 40 hectares of reclaimed land, having art, education, open space, hotel, office and residential developments and retail, dining and entertainment facilities.
The vision of the West Kowloon Cultural District is to create a vibrant cultural quarter for Hong Kong where the local arts scene can interact, develop and collaborate. When complete it will provide about 23 hectares of public open space with two kilometres of harbour-front promenade of 20 metres in width as well as a host of arts and cultural facilities that will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and arts and cultural events.
What to see in the West Kowloon Cultural District？
Hong Kong Palace Museum
Located at the western tip of the West Kowloon Cultural District and adopting an innovative curatorial approach, the Hong Kong Palace Museum presents over 900 priceless treasures from the Palace Museum, and most of the objects on loan are exhibited in Hong Kong for the very first time.
The Hong Kong Palace Museum was officially opened on 2 July，2022. On every Wednesday in the first 12 months of opening, all visitors enjoy free admission to the seven thematic exhibitions after registration on the Hong Kong Palace Museum and West Kowloon platforms. Come experience the distinctive charm of the Hong Kong Palace Museum with your family and friends.
The Art Park offers open green spaces where visitors can relax, play or picnic on the lawns, and a long waterfront promenade perfect for sunset views of the harbour. The pet-friendly park is a vibrant venue for open-air performances, exhibitions and other cultural events, and home to occasional street performers, a gourmet food truck and multiple restaurants and cafes. You can also rent a SmartBike to explore the pathways, or relax in the cool timber structure of the Competition Pavilion – the perfect spot for taking a break in the shade or capturing beautiful images.
M+, Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, features collections spanning 20th- and 21st-century visual art, design and architecture, moving image and Hong Kong visual culture. The expansive podium cantilevers above ground and includes 17,000 square metres of exhibition space across 33 galleries, three cinema houses, the Mediatheque, Learning Hub, and Roof Garden that faces Victoria Harbour. The tower stretching up from the podium contains the museum’s Research Centre, offices and restaurants. The museum’s prime location on the waterfront offers beautiful views of Hong Kong throughout the day.
Freespace — Hong Kong’s centre for contemporary performance in the heart of the Art Park — presents multi-genre performances and events, and showcases emerging and established artists from Hong Kong and around the world. It also houses Hong Kong’s largest black box theatre, The Box, and Lau Bak Livehouse — an intimate bar and performance space featuring regular weekend programmes of live music and cultural events, and a full menu of delicious food and craft beer.
Xiqu Centre（Xiqu: Chinese opera）
Located at the eastern end of the district, the Xiqu Centre is an award-winning venue showcasing world-class productions of Cantonese opera and other regional forms of Chinese opera (xiqu). The larger of its two theatres, the Grand Theatre, features performances by some of the best troupes in the region. The more intimate Tea House Theatre, designed in the style of Hong Kong’s early 20th-century tea houses, is home to the signature Tea House Theatre Experience — a narrated performance of Cantonese opera excerpts perfect for new audiences. The Xiqu Centre also hosts regular film screenings, workshops, talks, exhibitions and guided tours. With its welcoming public atrium, fine restaurants and cafes, and gift shop specialising in xiqu-inspired products, the Xiqu Centre is the perfect place to escape the city bustle.