Anzac Day in Hong Kong - 25 April 2020
Public commemoration cancelled
It is with great regret that we have cancelled this year’s public Anzac Day Commemoration in Hong Kong. This decision has been taken in line with Hong Kong Government measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and in step with measures taken in Australia and New Zealand regarding Anzac Day.
Consuls-General will pay private respects at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Sai Wan with strict social distancing measures in place in consultation with the Department of Health. Members of the general public are welcome to pay private respects at Sai Wan War Cemetery at their leisure but if you choose to do so, please observe the Hong Kong Government’s requirements on group gatherings.
Sai Wan War Cemetery
Location and visiting information
Sai Wan War Cemetery is in the east of Hong Kong island, about 11kms from Central. It is most easily reached by first taking the MTR Island line to Chai Wan. From there you can take a taxi from the rank below the station, or board Public Light Bus 16M or 16X which runs from Chai Wan station to Stanley, requesting it to stop at the Sai Wan War Cemetery. Please note that there is extremely limited parking spaces available.
The cemetery is open to the public from 8am – 5pm daily. If you wish to obtain a poppy wreath, you may contact the Royal British Legion to place the order.
Other ways to commemorate
ABC Australia (NOWTV Ch 561) will cover Anzac Day proceedings occurring across the country. At 3:30am Hong Kong time you can watch the National Dawn Service on ABC TV, the ABC Australia YouTube channel, and also on the ABC Australia Facebook page. Other Anzac Day-related broadcasts will continue throughout the day.
Pause for a minute’s silence and a time of reflection at 11.30am, the time that corresponds with the time our troops landed at Gallipoli 105 years ago.
Listen to the Department of Veterans' Affair's Spotify playlist, Anzac Day 2020, for music to help with your private commemoration.
Find out more about your own family’s military history. The National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial websites are good places to start.
Visit the Anzac Portal to see a range of resources to help you mark the day – anzacportal.dva.gov.au.