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Photographer's Note

This is Hong Kong as seen from the Kowloon side of Victoria harbour.

The tallest building in the photo (and also in Hong Kong, for the moment) is the IFC II Tower (International Finance Centre) which is 88 storeys and almost 410m in height. A 108 storey building above the Kowloon Metro station is currently being built and is due to be finished sometime in 2007.

The building on the far-left with lots of big white X's is the controversial Bank of China Tower (3rd tallest in HK). It was completed in 1990 and is controversial because many local people see the tower as a huge violation of the principles of feng shui. For example the 4 triangular prisms are negative symbols in the feng shui rule book; being the opposite to circles which represent perfection and (importantly in a bank) prosperity. Also, the huge crosses on the sides suggest negativity and its shape has been likened to a praying mantis (a threatening symbol), complete with radio masts as antennae. Interestingly, it was designed by a Chinese-born architect called IM Pei.

The image was a little warped, something that is quite noticeable with a lot of vertical elements in the photo so I straightened it out in Photoshop and then cropped the top and bottom to make it panoramic.

Regards,

Rich

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