Completed in 1979, The Chinese People's Liberation Army
(PLA) Forces Hong Kong Building was formerly the headquarters
of the British Forces and was then known as the Prince
of Wales Building. The Sino-British defence handover
ceremony took place here at midnight on 30 June 1997,
and The Chinese PLA Forces formally took over this building
which has significant symbolic meaning at zero hour
on 1 July 1997.
The building now houses The Chinese PLA Forces Hong
Kong, a symbol of Chinese sovereignty and the guards
of Hong Kong. They are defending this place and bringing
us peace and tranquility. Officers and soldiers of The
Chinese PLA Forces Hong Kong are not only well-trained
in military skills, but have also established good ties
with the people of Hong Kong. They organize "Barracks
Open Day" annually to share the fun and joy with
the public. They also take part actively in community
services such as blood donation and tree planting.
The building has a wine-glass look. This glass is filled
with the blessings of the members of The Chinese PLA
Forces Hong Kong, who all wish Hong Kong prosperity
and stability and an ever brighter future under the
"One Country, Two Systems" principle.