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I am quickly back in China, or more precisely, in Hong Kong. Probably the must for every photographer is the view from Victoria peak. Of course, I stood in the long queue for the tram, I was on the peak and have some pictures, but these classic pictures are already here in TE. Instead I show this view. Photo made from the Star Ferries when we went for the (disappointing) light show. Unfortunately, from this POV the interesting building of Bank of China is just behind AIA building. The Bank of China Tower in Central houses the headquarters of Bank of China Hong Kong. Designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the 70-storey building's height is 315 metres with two masts reaching 369 metres. Construction began in 1985 and the building was completed in 1989, with its official opening on 17 May 1990.

Bank of China Tower was the first building outside North America to break the 1,000 feet (300 m) mark, the first composite space frame high-rise building and was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989 to 1992. A small observation deck on the 43rd floor of the building is open to the public; visits to the main observation deck on the 70th
floor is by appointment only.
On the right is Cheung Kong Center designed by Cesar Pelli. It is 68 storeys tall with height of 283 m When completed in 1999, it was the third-tallest building in the city. It stands between the HSBC Hong Kong headquarters building and the Bank of China Tower. As is common in Hong Kong, coloured lights on the sides of the building illuminate at night in intricate light shows.
Mandarin Oriental is the luxury hotel. Also visible is the part of the big observation wheel.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9247 W: 140 N: 23293] (115719)
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