Skylines and views


The skyline of Hong Kong is really impressive. Due to the position as an important financial center, and the lack of space for residential buildings, Hong Kong has more skyscrapers then any other city in the world. As one of the densest place in the world, the majority of all office, residential and hotel buildings are all scraping the sky. Only New York and Shanghai can even compete with Hong Kong. Some of them, like Bank of China, ICC, IFC, Central Plaza, Lippo Towers, Shun Tak Centre, Jardine House and HSBC are also world famous, and have been designed by the world's famous architects such as IM Pei and Norman Foster. The most impressive part is the south shore of Hong Kong Island, especially Central, Admirality and Wan Chai districts. Even Eastern (including Causeway Bay and North Point) and Western districts have decent collections of skyscrapers. The tallest building though, the 484m, 108-storey International Commerce Center (ICC), is situated on West Kowloon opposite the island: almost right opposite the 90-storey, 412m tall Two International Finance Centre (IFC), the 2nd tallest and tallest building on HK Island, completed in 2003. Before ICC and the Union Square project was built as late as in 2010, there were not many skyscrapers in Kowloon. In Tsuen Wan, in New Terriotories and Lantau Island, you can also find some tall buildings. The tallest buildings in the world are however, situated in Dubai and Shanghai. The tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, ICC, is only 7th tallest in the world (2015).

Because of its surrounding mountains and the many tall buildings, there are several ways to watch the skyline from afar. One is by taking a Star ferry to the other side, from HK Island to Kowloon and vice versa. There is a special light show called Symphony of Lights, when the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island are flashing and illuminated in different colours, accompanied by music. It can be seen from Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade on the south shores of Kowloon at 8PM every evening. Even before and after the show, many building have very nice and colourful illuminations. There are also some free observation decks in Hong Kong's skyscrapers, for example in Central Plaza in Wan Chai, the 3rd tallest skyscraper in HK, that was built in 1992. The one in Bank of China Tower, IM Pei:s masterpiece and HK:s tallest building from 1990-92 (now 4th tallest), is unfortunately closed. Sky100, that is situated on the top floor of the tallest building in Hong Kong, ICC, costs about 180HK$, but is really a good value for money since it offers 360 degrees views over the whole city! Many hotels also offers nice views from the rooms; for example we stayed on the 30th and 25th floors in two different hotels (Best Western Harbour View and Empire Kowloon). If you want to see the skyline from above, you can also walk or take the bus to some of the roads in Mid-Level, high above Central, or take the tram to the famous Victoria Peak, that features amazing views over the city and harbour on clear days. Unfortunately there are not many days when the weather is clear in Hong Kong though, unless you are very lucky and visit HK on one of the few sunny days. The skyline is mostly disguised in fog and grey clouds, at times even when the sun is shining. However, the skyline is really impressive from any angle. The parks, like Hong Kong Park and some open places, like Statue Square (the heart of Hong Kong), offer nice views of the skyline.

Kowloon skyline seen from Star Ferry. Dominated by International Commerce Center, HK:S tallest (484m) and The Masterpiece (261m). Culture Center and the now 
dwarfed Clock Tower can also be seen here. North Point and Causeway Bay seen from Star Ferry North Point and Causeway Bay seen from Star Ferry Wanchai/Causeway Bay seen from Star Ferry Wan Chai skyline Wan Chai skyline with Central Plaza and Convention Centre Wan Chai skyline Wan Chai and Central Wan Chai district
East Kowloon Kowloon: The Masterpiece and Peninsula Hotel Kowloon: ICC, Culture Center, Tsim Sha Tsui, Peninsula Hotel
International Commerce Center (ICC), West Kowloon, tallest building in HK. 484m, 108 floors. Built in 2010. Wan Chai
Skyline of South Hong Kong Island
Shun Tak Centre, Central. Built in 1986, the twin towers are 145m tall. Aqua Luna Central skyline with Bank of China, Cheung Kong Centre and more. International Finance Centre (IFC), 2nd tallest. 412m, 90 floors. Built 2003. East HK Island Causeway Bay Another Star ferry, in front of Central. International Commerce Center on West Kowloon, Hong Kong's tallest building, and a luxury cruise ship. Wan Chai with the 222m tall Hopewell Centre from 1980. Hong_Kong_D3_332 Central dominated by 90-storey International Finance Centre Wan Chai dominated by Central Plaza. Central and Admirality districts with Bank of China, Cheung Kong Centre, Jardine House. Wan Chai HK Island panorama. Gloucester Road in Wan Chai towards Central
Gloucester Road in Wan Chai towards Central Gloucester Road in Wan Chai towards Central Mid-level area. Near Central escalator, high above Central. Admirality area
Pacific Place complex in Admirality. Includes the de luxe hotels Conrad, Shangri-La and JW Marriott. Skyline from Hong Kong Park Skyline from Hong Kong Park Skyline from Hong Kong Park Skyline from Hong Kong Park Skyline from Hong Kong Park Wan Chai Wan Chai Wan Chai Wan Chai Wan Chai  skyline New riverfront development in front of Kowloon skyline. Hong_Kong_D3_262 Central Plaza, Wan Chai Central Skyline

International Commerce Center (ICC), West Kowloon, tallest building in HK. 484m, 108 floors. Built in 2010. A new park is finally under construction in central HK, that for long has lacked places to walk along the water, promenades like the ones in south Kowloon.
International Finance Centre (IFC), Central, 2nd tallest in HK. 412m, 90 floors. Built 2003. Admiralty with Shangri-La Hotel from 1991. Central skyline
Victoria Peak and Central
Left: IFC on HK Island, 2nd tallest. Right: ICC on Kowloon, tallest. Wan Chai with Tsim Sha Tsui in the background
Tsim Sha Tsui skyline on Kowloon Statue Square with Bank of China Tower, Cheung Kong Centre, Old Bank of China, HSBC Building and Legco Building Statue Square with Bank of China Tower, Cheung Kong Centre, Old Bank of China, HSBC Building and Legco Building New Territories (Northern outskirts). Stonecutters Bridge in New Terriotories, built in 2009. Tseun Wan in NW HK dominated by 80-storey Nina Tower from 2007 (6th tallest in HK). New Territories (Northern outskirts). Hong Kong Island at night seen from Ave of the Stars, Kowloon lightbox gallery zoomby VisualLightBox.com v6.1