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Hong Kong architecture: Bank of China Tower photos

People rave about the International Financial Centre (IFC), but the skyscraper that stands out the most for me is the Bank of China Tower (78 stories), an architectural wonder.

The Bank of China Tower was designed by American-born Chinese architect Ieoh Ming Pei (aka IM Pei, or Bei Yuming), who’s best known for the modernization of the Louvre museum in Paris, France. He also did the John F. Kennedy Library and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. In NYC, he did the Jacob Javits Center.

The Bank of China Tower skyscraper might be the most recognisable skyscraper in Central, Hong Kong. When it was completed, the Bank of China Tower was the tallest building in Hong Kong, the tallest in Asia, and the tallest outside the United States. It was the first building outside the United States to break the 1,000 foot mark. The BOC also has two masts reaching 1,200 feet high.

I.M. Pei's Bank of China Tower on the left | Hong Kong skyline & architecture
I.M. Pei's Bank of China Tower on the left

The Bank of China Tower (BOC) is now the fourth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, after International Commerce CentreTwo International Finance Centre and Central Plaza.

It’s 72 stories high and the design is supposed to resemble growing bamboo shoots, supposedly symbolizing livelihood and prosperity.

Victoria Peak – view of the HK skyline

Victoria Peak, (traditional Chinese: 太平山), which locals just refer to as The Peak, is a mountain in Hong Kong with outstanding views of the Hong Kong skyline.

View from Victoria Peak
View from Victoria Peak

 

The view from 1800 feet above sea level at Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong.

To get to Victoria Peak, most tourists take the Peak Tram, a scenic ride in a 100 year old train as they ascend up the mountain. At the top is a building that looks like a ship with all kinds of tourist traps – Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Odditorium, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the Peak Explorer Motion Simulator. I’d head straight to the many viewing areas – they’re spectacular!

The Lion Pavilion offers a panoramic vista of the Hong Kong skyline, which was really impressive at night.

Hong Kong New Year!

Happy New Year from Hong Kong!   Last night  I watched the countdown from Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade (everyone just refers to it as the Harbour) in southern Kowloon – saw a light show and fireworks.

Hong Kong's impressive skyline from the harbour (Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade)

The crowd was stoked for New Year’s Eve!  Coming from New York City, I used to take this as a given, but it’s really not. Many countries celebrate NYE, but don’t really care about the actual countdown to the precise moment that it’s the new year.  The countdown is such a silly tradition but I love it!  HK definitely made it a big deal, following their daily light show over the skyline with fireworks (which were very cool but brief).

It was the 2nd time I’ve seen New Year’s Eve fireworks come from the sides of a building (last year’s NYE celebration from Taiwan’s Tapei 101 being the first). Both were impressive.

See for yourself — here’s the 0:51 video clip of Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve with Hong Kong countdown and fireworks.