The city of Hong Kong creates an excellent first impression on its visitors with its magnificent skyscraper, innumerable shopping malls, and an unlimited number of sightseeing choices. There is little wonder why Hong Kong is one of the planet’s most popular travel destinations. Enjoy staying in famous hotels and green hotels. Explore the small but charming fishing villages nearby or satisfy your gastronomical inclinations by visiting one of the many gourmet restaurants. One of the most prominent financial and business hubs in Asia, as well as, in the entire world, this cosmopolitan city is also known for its sophisticated cocktail bars. As there are so many skyscrapers and important buildings in the city, it can be really difficult to shortlist the ones you want to visit. Check out the following 10 famous buildings in Hong Kong, which you should definitely visit while in the city.
1. The Center
Situated in the Central & Western District and on Hong Kong Island’s north shore and across the famous Victoria Harbor, The Center is the fifth-largest building of the city. This magnificent skyscraper is a 73-story office edifice made completely from steel. The building is also covered with low-voltage neon lights, which keep increasing in number as their height increase. Thus, the skyscraper is an integral part of the immensely popular light show extravaganza at night on Victoria Harbor.
Address: 99 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Website: The Center
2. Peak Tram
The Peak Tram is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong boasting tramway excellence for more than 130 years. If you thought it is just an excellent hub for dining and shopping and enjoying mesmerizing views, then think again. It is also popular for a number of unique attractions offering an experience of the living culture that should not be missed at any cost. It is a truly memorable experience to reach the Peak in a Peak Tram. The latter happens to be one of the most famous and ancient mountainside railways that climb up to a height of 396mt (Approximately 1,300 ft) in comparison from the sea level.
Address: Central, Hong Kong
Website: Peak Tram
3. Clock Tower
Located in proximity to the Victoria Harbor, and near the southern end of Tsim Sha Tsui, this well-preserved monument in Hong Kong is an absolute visual pleasure. It stands as a great reminder to the city’s colonial era and is made of a combination of granite and red bricks. The elegant monument is also a landmark for all those Chinese immigrants who started their new lives on this peninsula and in different corners of this planet through the harbor.
Address: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Website: Clock Tower
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4. Bank of China Tower
A fantastic work of skill by I.M. Pei, the world-famous architect of Chinese-American origin, BOC or Bank of China Tower is a bustling hub for financial and commercial activities in Hong Kong. It took four long years to complete the construction of this magnificent building. Although its construction was completed in 1989, it was opened for operation only in May 1990. The building constitutes 70 floors in total and has parking space in its four spacious basement levels. The tower is a symbol of strength and growth and represents the Bank of China.
Bank of China Tower
Address: 1 Garden Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Website: Bank of China Tower
5. The Peninsula
‘The Pen’ or the Peninsula Hong Kong is one of the city’s most famous buildings. The building houses a popular five-star property that has been in the hospitality industry since 1928. If you drop in here, do not miss the experience of its well-known Afternoon Tea. The hotel also boasts a fleet of luxurious Rolls Royce, which has also featured in one of the James Bond movies titled ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.
Address: Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Website: The Peninsula
6. Court of Final Appeal
Previously known as the old Supreme Court Building, Court of Final Appeal is one of the landmark buildings in the Hong Kong Peninsula. Renowned architects Ingress Bell and Sir Aston Webb jointly designed this famous building. This famous British architect duo was also responsible for designing a part of the Buckingham Palace. The building’s construction work began in 1900 but it was opened for operation in 1912.
Court of Final Appeal
Address: Central, Hong Kong
Website: Court of Final Appeal
7. Central Plaza
Situated in the business district of Wan Chai, Central Plaza stands tall in the center of Hong Kong and overlooks the city’s majestic harbor. It’s amazing architectural features and imposing height has made it a must visit building on the peninsula. As dusk set in, the building’s neon rods start changing their colors after every 15 minutes. The building boasts a huge lobby, which features palm trees, exquisite artworks, and lovely décor. You can enjoy a generous view of the harbor from this landmark building.
Address: 18 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Website: Central Plaza
8. International Commerce Centre
The ICC or the International Commerce Centre is one of the most popular skyscrapers in Hong Kong and is the tallest building in the city at present. This imposing tower should definitely feature on your travel itinerary if you are planning to visit the city soon. There are 118 floors in total in this building and a majority of them are being utilized as office spaces currently. However, the building also houses a hotel called Ritz-Carlton, an Observation Deck, and restaurants. Also, enjoy a marvelous light and sound extravaganza, which has earned its place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
International Commerce Center
Address: 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Website: International Commerce Center
9. Chi Lin Nunnery
Chin Lin Nunnery is a huge temple dedicated to the Buddhist religion. Although the temple was constructed in 1934, it was given a facelift in 1990 in the style of the Tang dynasty. The complex constitutes of lotus ponds, Buddhist relics, and many temple walls, which are worth exploring. Some of these halls have statues made of wood, clay, and gold that will simply take your breath away. A Chinese garden right in front of this complex and its temple halls can be access absolutely free of charge by the public daily.
Chi Lin Nunnery
Address: 5 Chi Lin Dr, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong
Website: Chi Lin Nunnery
10. Hopewell Centre
Hong Kong’s maiden circular skyscraper, Hopewell Centre was the tallest building when its construction was over in 1980. Incidentally, it was also known as Asia’s second tallest skyscraper at that time. The 64-story building lost its title when another famous building, the Bank of China Tower came up in the city. At present, it is Hong Kong’s 20th tallest skyscraper. The building houses the headquarters of Hopewell Holdings Limited.
Address: Hong Kong, Wan Chai, Queen’s Rd E, 183號
Website: Hopewell Centre
Make Hong Kong your next holiday destination
Once you have checked out the descriptions of all the above-listed famous buildings in Hong Kong, just plan to visit the city for your upcoming vacation. Start by booking good accommodation, get your flight tickets done, and enjoy a memorable vacation! Be sure to check out the best shopping spots and places for craft beers while you’re here.
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