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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.
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.
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.
This ceremonial center is where Hong Kong holds their official daily raising of the flag ceremony. Aside from the ceremony that takes place each day at 8am and conducted by Hong Kong policemen, the square marks the location of the famous Forever Blooming Bauhinia, a symbolic statue that honors the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from the British to China.
Stretching from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry to Hunghom, this promenade offers some of the best views in Hong Kong, especially at night, when the Hong Kong skyline is lit up with neon signs. The Promenade is a popular place for lovers, joggers, photographers with tripods and the occasional fishermen fishing in the waters of the harbor. During the Chinese New Year fireworks display, tons of people crowd into the area to watch the spectacle.
The designers of this 1982 structure obviously did not like corners. This 66-floor building is round and was the tallest in Hong Kong when first built. Right at the top is Revolving 66, a restaurant and bar. For a totally terrifying experience, there is a glass-walled lift that goes up the outside of the building to the restaurant--great views but not for the fainthearted! At the back of the building the ground rises sharply. So sharply in fact that access to the car park, from Kennedy Road, is 17 floors up from the main entrance on Queens Road East.
This charming Chinese-styled building, with its simple pitched-roof structure, gable ends and moldings, was built in 1912-1913 and opened as Hong Kong's first post office in 1915. After more than 80 years of service for the bustling Wanchai community, the building is now a declared monument. It is also the home of the Resource Centre of the Environmental Protection Department, which opened its doors to the public in December 1993. The aim of the centre is to provide public education on all matters environmental, and admission is free of charge.
Admiralty, sandwiched between Central and Wanchai, has in fact become an extension of busy Central. The area is characterized by modern landmarks, such as the deluxe Pacific Place shopping and hotel complex, the new Supreme Court Tower of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Park. A relaxing afternoon can be had at any one of the five-star hotels adjoining Pacific Place, all of which offer a delicious afternoon tea buffet accompanied by spectacular views of Victoria Harbour or Victoria Peak!