Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hong Kong icons in black and white

Mushrooming as if concrete and steel were organic on land, the skyscrapers of Hong Kong are in a density and vertical elevation difficult to match in Asia. In Hong Kong central alone, the public can rubberneck no end.

the skyscrapers as viewed from Chater Park
the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Central, as viewed form Chater Park, Hong Kong, China

The statistics speak for themselves. In the list of the 100 tallest building in the world, the metropolis of 7 million people can boast of 11, versus Shanghai (10) and New York (8).

Bank of China
the instantly recognizeable Bank of China Tower which is about 367m (1,205 ft) tall

In another survey, Hong Kong has 43 buildings over 200 metres tall, 30 of which only rose in the last 10 years.

2IFC or Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong is 415 m or 1,362 ft 88 tall

With so many highrises, the city skyline then is spectacular at any day or time, whether in color or in black and white.

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