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“It's a Bank. It's a Building. But a really tall one.”

Bank of China Tower
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Owner description: Designed by I. M. Pei and L.C Pei, the Bank of China Tower is one of the most recognisable skyscrapers in Admiralty, Hong Kong at 315 m (1,033.5 ft) high with two masts reaching 367.4 m (1,205.4 ft) high. It was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989 to 1992, and it was the first building outside North America to break the 305 m (1,000 ft) mark.
Hong Kong, China
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“It's a Bank. It's a Building. But a really tall one.”
Reviewed 13 February 2012

The old Bank of China, almost next door, is still there but now houses the China Club, which would have you think it is ultra-elitist but any concierge can get you in. The new Bank of China (this one) is a striking building, one of the world's 20 tallest (as of today, anyway) and local legend has it that BOC waited until HSBC finished its new building across the road, and then unveiled its design intended to destroy the feng shui of HSBC by pointing at HSBC HQ like a knife. Not sure if that's true or not, but we can't help but notice that during all these financial crises, BOC seems to be sailing through while HSBC looks like it is hanging off a cliff. The Bank of China Tower is an impressive, futuristic building clearly conveying its position as the bedrock of China's financial system.

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“Observation Floor: No Passport, No Entry - No Passport Photocopies Allowed - Free To Visit”
Reviewed 27 January 2012

To get to the 43rd floor observation area you must bring a current valid passport in order to get a badge to gain access to the exclusive 43rd floor elevator. Rejected with a photocopy of my passport, I went back to my hotel and returned to the reception area. There was no line and after registering my particulars, my passport was returned and up I went.

The view is impressive; however, the large windows only cover a little more than 90 degrees of Hong Kong' s skyline. Hey, it's free to visit and was not crowded at all even though I visited shortly after the major Chinese New Year celebrations.

Visited January 2012
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“beautiful architecture: a secret impression”
Reviewed 31 December 2011

it has been said that architects like to sign off on their artistic renditions: I M Pei is one of the greatest architects in the world and when he designed the bank of china, not only is it a true work of art, it also has his signature. Watch the entire building from all angles and you find hie signature I (hint the candles i) M (the crosses all over) P (upside down). You can often observe various ways of signing off on his structures but this is most interesting to me. And it remains the most spectacular building in the beautiful and famous HK silhouette especially at night. In fact just standing on the Kowloon side in the evening to watch the HK downtown must count as the premier event in a HK visit! And it is totally free ha

Visited October 2011
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“BOC is a great addition to our fabulous skyline”
Reviewed 8 July 2011

The Bank of China (BOC) tower is probably the most highly recognizable building within the group of skyscrapers lining the HK island skyline. The tower is well designed, based on feng shui principles and has a unique triangular framework that gives the tower an artistically attractive look about it. BOC is nice during the day and night. However, it lights up particularly nice during the evenings and can be seen best from the TST Promenade area along the Avenue of Stars.

You can also get a bird's eye view of the BOC tower by walking directly under it taking upward bound photos of this impressive tower. It is also visible from The Peak in which you will see it and skyscraper peers in the foreground as you peer across Victoria Harbor towards Kowloon.

There is an observation tower on the 43rd floor that seems to be less talked about these days as you can now visit much higher observation decks in Hong Kong, like the International Commerce Centre (ICC) building where you hit the 100+ floor decks and bar.

While not a top attraction from a traditional tourist point of view, you can't help but see the massive sky-scrappers in Hong Kong, including the BOC building. Thus, its worth a few minutes admiring this interestingly designed and built building during your trip to HK, from both the Kowloon and the HK island sides.

Visited May 2011
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“Worth the hour's delay ....”
Reviewed 17 October 2009

As a free attraction, the 43rd floor viewing area is definitely one of the tops; but beware, you have to have ID (for we Brits, that means a passport) to get in and there was no mention of this in any of our guidebooks. It was either give up or go back to the hotel (the Jen Hotel in Western, MUCH more of this later- all good) and get them. The latter won and it only took an hour by tram. Fantastic views of Central, the harbour and beyond. Don't bother is it's misty (obviously). Waysidemen.

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