There is nothing like defining a city by catching a glimpse of its skyline. Hong Kong Skyline is such an amazing skyline which must leave you a lifelong lasting impression even at your first sight. Being the landmark of Hong Kong and enjoying one of the highest numbers of skyscrapers in the world, it never fails to show the beauty of Most Beautiful Skyline in the World. Thanks to breakneck-speed development of Hong Kong, the city landscape changes from better to best. Wherever you stay, you have only to look around to enjoy the line where the heaven meets with this vertical city, really massive, iconic or just plain beautiful.
No tall architectures were built but the Star Ferry began to become operational in the late 19th century. In 1936, the centerpiece of the skyline – original HSBC building – a commixture of stripped classical style and art deco was completed. In the followed decades, many old buildings were dismantled and large-scale buildings for conference, office, bazaar, accommodation etc. were built gradually. Widespread immigration brought skills and labor, helping to develop the things on the booming harbor front. With the completion of the Bank of China Tower, the new Standard Chartered building, Central Plaza and the Cheung Kong Center, the image of Hong Kong skyline became much fuller during 20th century. In 2000s, with IFC2 open, Wanchai Exhibition Center completed, Hong Kong Skyline became shining confidently. When it comes to today, we cannot say enough the skyline is a luxury ribbon embellished with shining pearls.
The glossy architectures, especially high-end ones, are critical elements comprising Hong Kong Skyline along the Victoria Harbor. They focus on contemporary architecture with fusion of Chinese Lingnan style and British style as well as providing public green spaces by turning them into cultural hubs that nurture creativities and innovations. 5 most notable building introduced as below:
International Commerce Centre is a 118 stories building finished in 2010. It is the tallest building in Hong Kong and the 9th tallest building in the world at 484 m. The appearance is designed by worldwide known KPF and the interior is equipped with grade-A office buildings, 6-star hotels and public viewing floor.
Address: 1ST Austin Road, West Kowloon
Two International Finance Centre is an 88-story office building praised as World-astounding Masterpiece by Thomas Kwok, a great entrepreneur and the president of Sun Hung Kai & Co. It also stands for wealth in Hong Kong and notable tenants include UBS, BNP Paribas and Samsung Electronics.
Address: No. 8 Finance Street, Central
Central Plaza, hosing the highest church in the world, is the third highest building in Hong Kong. It is featured for its characteristic exterior shape of triangle as well as LIGHTIME lights system. The roof of Central Plaza is a pyramid-shaped slope with a spar. Three vertical faces are embosomed with heat-protecting glass in three different colors, elegant and blinking.
Address: No. 18 Harbor Road, Wan Chai
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M Pei, Bank of China Tower is the fourth tallest building in Hong Kong currently. It has 70 floors and rising 315 m high with two masts rising 367.4 m. The exterior like bamboo shoots means prosperity in Feng Shui. This building endows Hong Kong Skyline with more sense of space.
Address: No. 1 Garden Road, Central
A Symphony of Lights is a FREE light and sound performance to show the vitality and enthusiasm projected by 44 skyscrapers and landmarks. According to Guinness World Records, it is the world’s largest permanent light and sound show. The show is staged in 8 pm everyday with good weather and lasts for 14 minutes and 40 seconds. A Symphony of Lights contains 5 moving scenes with distinctive themes explained by different flashes of laser beams, color patterns, sweeping searchlights etc. The theme taking spectators on a unique journey celebrating the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong includes: Awakening composing the growing and thriving process of Hong Kong, Energy showing the unlimited originality and vigor, Heritage displaying Chinese traditional featured culture, Partnership meaning communication across strains and creating the brilliancy together, and Celebration representing the brighter future for Hong Kong. When the night falls, 44 buildings disguise themselves as a stage where light and sound interlaced with each other, exhibiting surprisingly magnificent and grand posture.
In every New Year’s Eve, the fascinating New Year’s Countdown show takes place with A Symphony of Lights. Ascending fireworks and flickering laser spotlight adds radiance to each other. This gorgeous three-dimensional animation is beautiful beyond description.
A journey to Hong Kong is not complete without visiting Victoria Peak, because it not only owns featuring peculiar tram, modern Peak Tower, buildings, various tasty foods, but also is one optimal view point for appreciating the vista of Hong Kong and the wonderful skyline. It offers a panoramic view of whole Hong Kong. From the near to the distant, the bluish bay of Victor Harbor, a skyline with ups and downs outlined by tall buildings in which hangs on the setting sun and evening glow, and the dark green of outside city.
Tsim Sha Tsui, commonly known as Star Ferry Pier, is located in the southernmost tip of Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. It shares the same style with Edinburgh Place Pier in the opposite bank, simple but functional. Standing in Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, you all have a pretty sight of attractive landscape consisted by city and forest. On the background of Victoria Peak, hundreds of skyscrapers delineate the sketch of this city. As the sun goes down, the western part of BOC Tower start to hide in the shadows, except for Central Plaza reveals a profile face. The longest skyline in the world lifts its veil and bloom with abandon.
The Star Ferry is a traditional passenger ferry service operator and hot tourist attraction with a long history of over 100 years in Hong Kong. In spite of being a little crude and poor combined with the competition from cross-harbor bus and underground train, it is still the most popular transportation. It would be an extremely romantic experience to enjoy the moving skyline across Victoria Harbor on a Star Ferry which offers efficient service during either day and night. With gentle wind caresses and the skyline unfolding in front of your eyes, just soak up the glittering night life and feel the intertexture of reality and illusory.
All seasons are available to appreciate Hong Kong Skyline but autumn and winter are most advisable. Hong Kong enjoys a cool autumn and warm winter and walking in such seasons are more comfortable. If you want to travel in May to August, please pay attention to weather forecast and beware of Typhoon. Every time of the day has its own charms: the morning is decorated with the neat, cold colors, the sharp shapes, the bright reflections while the sunset with the golden sparks of the glass surfaces of the skyscrapers and the warm shadows. >>Know more about Hong Kong Weather & Seasons
Hong Kong Skyline is usually covered in the itenerary of a Hong Kong tour with other attractions. If you want to spend a day sightseeing Hong Kong, you can take the 1 Day Valuable Hong Kong Tour for reference. It covers many other famous sites such as Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market, Wong Tai Sin Temple, and Nan Lian Garden. You can also add another day to Macau to visit the Ruins of the St. Paul Cathedral, the only remaining Section of Old City Wall, Senado Square (Largo do Senado), A-Ma Temple, and Border of Gate (Portas do Cerco), just as shown in the 2 Days Hong Kong & Macau Highlights Tour. If you have other ideas or questions about planning a Hong Kong tour, please feel free to contact us, we will provide you with customized trips that fit you best!
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