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Types of Honours and Awards and Precedence Order

General Awards

  1. (a) The Order of the Grand Bauhinia


    The Grand Bauhinia Medal (GBM), the highest award under the HKSAR honours and awards system, is to recognise the selected person's life-long and highly significant contribution to the well-being of Hong Kong. Grand Bauhinia Medal (GBM)
  2. (b) The Order of the Bauhinia Star


    The Bauhinia Star is awarded to persons who have rendered distinguished service to the community or to their respective fields of business for a long period of time. The criteria for the three classes are :
    1. (i) The Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS) is awarded to eminent persons who have given very distinguished service to the community or who have rendered public or voluntary service of a very high degree of merit; Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS)

    2. (ii) The Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS) is awarded to persons who have taken a leading part in public affairs and/or voluntary work over a long period of time; and Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS)

    3. (iii) The Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) is awarded to persons who have given outstanding service over a long period of time, but in a more limited field or way than that required for the Silver Bauhinia Star. Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS)
  3. (c) The Order of the Medal of Honour


    The Medal of Honour (MH) is the basic award under the honours system and is awarded in recognition of community service in a district or in a particular field over a long period of time. It is also awarded to non-directorate civil servants who have served with distinction. Medal of Honour (MH)
  4. (d) The Chief Executive's Commendation


    There are two types of awards under this category :
    1. (i) the Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service is awarded to selected persons for their outstanding performance in a single act or a single project or the service to the community which falls just short of the requirement for a Medal of Honour. Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service

    2. (ii) the Chief Executive's Commendation for Government/Public Service is awarded to selected civil servants and public officers for their outstanding performance in a single act or a single project or outstanding service in a department or office which falls just short of the requirement for a Medal of Honour. Chief Executive's Commendation for Government/Public Service

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