Hong Kong tops the list of cities in the world with most skyscrapers that stand more than 150 metres high. It has more than 380 buildings with heights that are within or exceed this limit making it the skyscraper capital of the world. New York only comes in second place while Dubai, third. All these towering structures make Hong Kong's skyline one of the most recognizable cityscapes in the world. Here are some of the tallest and most popular skyscrapers of Hong Kong:
International Commerce Centre
Located at 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, the International Commerce is currently the tallest building in the city at 484m (1,588 ft). It is the fifth tallest building in the world and the 2nd-tallest structure in the People's Republic of China. This 118-storey structure is home to the Elements shopping mall, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hotel and corporate offices including those of Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse.
Two International Finance Centre
Hong Kong's second higest skyrise is the Two International Finance Centre, the second tower of the International Finance Centre. It sits atop the MTR Hong Kong Station at 8 Finance Street, Central. At 416 metres, it is currently the 16th-tallest building in the world and the 7th-tallest building in the People's Republic of China. Two International Finance Centre was the tallest building in Hong Kong for a time (2003 to 2010), before the International Commerce Centre was completed.
Located at 18 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, the Central Plaza is currently the third tallest building in Hong Kong at 374 metres. It was the tallest building in Hong Kong when it was built in 1992 until it was surpassed by 2IFC in 2003. The Central Plaza is also the tallest building in Asia from 1992 until 1996, surpassed by Shun Hing Square in Shenzhen. The building is notable for its unique exterior shape as well as its LIGHTIME lighting system. It also houses the world's highest church inside a skyscraper, the Sky City Church.
Bank of China Tower
Also referred to as the BOC Tower at 1 Garden Road, Central, this building is one of the most recognisable skyscrapers in Admiralty. Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese American architect I.M. Pei, the tower is 307 metres high with two masts reaching 360.9 m high. It is currently the fourth tallest building in Hong Kong. It is the tallest building outside of United States from 1990 to 1992, and is the first building outside of the United States to pass the 305 metre mark. The exterior design of the building resembles bamboo shoots, symbolizing livelihood and prosperity in Feng Shui.
HSBC Main Building
Located at 1 Queen's Road Central, Central, this building is currently the headquarters of HSBC. It is designed by the renowned architect Lord Norman Foster and took seven years to complete. It only stands 178.8 metres high but is significant because it is touted to be the most expensive building in the world, costing HK$5.2 billion (US$668 million) to complete.
A 216-metre building located on Queen's Road East, Wanchai. It is the tallest building in both Hong Kong and Asia when it was completed in 1980. The building signifies the eastern expansion of Hong Kong's central business district. The Hopewell Centre has a unique cylindrical shaped design with a revolving restaurant on the 62nd level of the building. Designed by Sir Gordon Wu — chairman of Hopewell Holdings, the building serves as the headquarters of his company.
Currently the 5th highest building in Hong Kong at 346 metres, The Centre comprises 73 stories and home to corporate offices. The Center is one of the few skyscrapers in Hong Kong that is entirely steel-structured with no reinforced concrete core. It is located on Queen's Road Central in the Central and Western District, roughly halfway between the MTR Island Line's Sheung Wan and Central stations.