Category Archives: Hong Kong

Buildings of Hong Kong

Although there are many attractions in and around Hong Kong, the buildings surrounding Victoria Harbor have to be near the top of list. During both day and night, the views are spectacular. Two International Finance Center, is currently the second tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong. It towers to a height of 415m, holding 88 stories. Across Victoria Harbor, in Kowloon, sits the International Commerce Center. These two towers guard the opening of Victoria Harbor. While the ICC is still under construction, it has topped out at 118 stories. It should be finished sometime in 2010. The seven star, yes, seven star, Ritz-Carlton Hotel will occupy 300 rooms near the top of the tower. This will give it the distinction of being the highest elevated hotel in the world.

Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak is one of the better lookout points I have witnessed. It is an amazing sight. To see the amount of skyscrapers surrounding Victoria Harbor is astonishing. Hong Kong is quickly becoming the most important financial center on earth right now. It is where monetary systems from East and West meet. For instance, the week I was in town, it was announced that the CEO of HSBC was moving his office from London to Hong Kong. Further evidence of the global realignment of wealth being transferred to the Far East.

Back to the view though from the top of the peak. The backside of the mountain gives a view of green tropical islands in the South China Sea. From this vantage point it is easy to see why this area was perfect for trade and commerce. Small tributaries and islands guard the harbor which is surrounded by cavernous hills. Although the British performed the handover to the Republic of China in 1997, Hong Kong retained its own currency, legal system, and immigration services.