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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!
Once a red light district during the Vietnam War, Wan Chai, in many tourist guidebooks, is still linked with the name Suzie Wong. Although it had the reputation of being a sailors' paradise in the late 1950s, it is mainly a business and entertainment area nowadays. Bars, dance halls, nightclubs and karaoke rooms co-exist with modern office plazas, art centers and a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants. The rows of narrow streets house all sorts of interesting shops including printers, small fashion outlets, sign-writers and so on. You can also find many street stalls around the area.
Amid the silver-grey skyline of Hong Kong Island stands a shining golden tower. During it's development the designers were given a simple brief: a straightforward 50-floor building with no embellishments, as long as it was in gold! The striking color makes it stand out much like the gold tooth in an old granny's smile, which is why it is called 'The Amah's Tooth'. Gold is universally acknowledged, and especially by the Chinese, as the color of wealth. One cannot think of a more apt symbol for Hong Kong than this golden facade glinting in the sunlight.
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.
The Australian Bond Corporation bought this space-age structure shortly before completion in 1987. Looking more closely at the shiny glass towers reveals oversized Koala Bears clinging to tree trunks - maybe the Australian owners wanted to bring some of the Outback to Hong Kong? Since then the twin towers have changed ownership several times because of bankruptcy and company closures. Bad feng shui, due to the angular shape of the towers, has been blamed but the current owners seem to be doing quite nicely. Hong Kong Park is definitely the place for the best views of these quirky towers.
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.
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.
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.