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Completed in 1990, this Hong Kong landmark is the masterpiece of the world-famous Chinese architect I. M. Pei. The 70-story structure has been criticized for its bad feng shui, as the building is comprised of four triangular sections, a definite no-no in Chinese geometry. The sharp vertical edges also radiate destructive energy towards the banks' major rivals, and neighbors: Citibank, the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank, and the Bank of America. However negative, the tower's simple architecture and clean lines add to the modern architectural heritage of Hong Kong. The 46th floor offers great views over Central.
The Peak Tram ascends the steep incline of Victoria Peak, offering visitors a convenient way of getting to the peak and all its sightseeing amenities. The Tram, which is itself an attraction, dates back to 1888 with new and larger cars installed in 1989. Passengers sit back for a literally vertical ride enjoying panoramic views as the car steadily makes its way to the top.
It took nearly ten years to acquire enough land to build this colorful skyscraper. Bit by bit, old buildings were purchased until finally work could begin in the late 1990s on the 73-floor structure. A wacky eight-point star section set on soaring braced girders makes the most of the irregular plot of land. At night the building is easy to spot as you just look out for a cascade of ever-changing colors. The exterior lighting system is totally computer controlled, a first in Hong Kong. For a bird's eye view, try Scenario on the 42nd floor just for drinks or a meal.
During this two-hour evening cruise on board the Hong Kong Bauhinia, there is a dinner buffet served in the spacious main hall followed by dancing to a live band. Throughout all of this the sparkling night vista of Hong Kong is always there to distract diners from their feast. Boarding takes place at the New Wanchai Ferry Pontoon, next to the Convention & Exhibition Centre), and the Hung Hom Ferry Pier (Kowloon). Drinks available from the on-board bar cost extra.
A great way to get a different view of Hong Kong is to go sailing. For a unique experience, you can charter a junk, a traditional Chinese sailboat usually distinguished by a flamboyant red sail which are still seen around Victoria Harbour. Saffron Cruises runs charter tours around Aberdeen and the harbor. A crew is provided to operate the junk but there is no tour guide, so it is best to look at a map and figure out exactly where you would like to go.
The most important exhibition and convention venue in the territory, the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre was the site of the 1997 handover ceremony of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China. The new wing of the center has a bird-like design, to give the impression that the building is about to take flight. Its harbor-facing glass curtain wall is the largest in the world and the promenade surrounding the new wing offers impeccable views over Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Victoria Harbour in between.
Hong Kong's tallest building stands 374 metres tall and houses 78 floors. At the time of completion in 1992 it was the tallest building in Asia. Although it no longer holds that accolade, it is still the tallest reinforced concrete structure in the world. The building's design includes an unusual triangular floor plan, which allows almost 70 percent of the offices to enjoy a harbor outlook. An added bonus is the public viewing gallery on 46th floor, which has great all-round views. Lastly, check out the Central Plaza website for details of the neon clock at the top of the tower. Admission: Free.
Built in the early 1990s, Central Plaza was one of the tallest skyscrapers in Asia at the time of its construction. Located in Wan Chai, it is renowned for its splendid architecture and unrivaled viewing experience. Take the lift to the Sky Lobby on the 46th floor and admire stunning vistas of the island beyond their floor-to-ceiling windows. The building is well-positioned to offer 360 degree views of Causeway Bay, Victoria Harbor and the likes.