Commuting Hongkong had led us to [some] other places of interests. Places that were not original part of the itinerary for the day. Places that we passed by in going to one destination to another. Places of excitement, recreation and significance. Places deserving of some time to stay and indulge for a while.
– The 43rd Floor of Bank of China Tower Viewing Deck –
The 43rd floor of the Bank of China Tower is open to the public as view deck facing Victoria Harbor. It may not be nothing compared to the Victoria Peak view of the Harbor but the experience of going inside the most controversial landmarks of Hongkong in recent history may become your “personal history” will probably make the difference in your visit.
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The Bank of China Tower , once the tallest in Hongkong [now the 2-Int’l. Finance Center – see below] is said to be the building with the worst feng shui in the place. The sharp edges of the triangular prisms, observed to be a bad feng shui of its architecture, symbolize knives cutting through whatever and wherever they’re aimed at.
The nearby Lippo Center [referred to as Koala Tree Bldg.] formerly the Bond Center owned by Australian businessman Allen Bond, was forced to sell the building because of financial troubles attributed to the sharp edges of the triangular prisms of Bank of China Tower facing the [Lippo] Center [picture below].
The HSBC Headquarters nearby, a state-of-the-art modular structure, said to have the best feng shui in Hongkong, installed 2-Canyons on top of the building facing the Bank of China Tower to combat bad vibes [see picture below encircled in red]. The open ground level [“tagusan”] of the building was done for the purpose of allowing good vibes[“qi”] to circulate. Now, it has become the hang out of Pinay OFW’s on their day-off hoping to have a share of some good vibes that come along in the building :)!
In comparison, the Cheung Kong Centre , the building to the right of the Tower built long after the Bank of China Tower may be less impressive but it was constructed in simple shapes to avoid bad vibes coming from the latter. It is the headquarters of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, chaired by one of the richest men in Hong Kong and the world, Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-Shing, also known as the “Superman” of Hong Kong.
The Bank of China Tower is even said to have been deliberately constructed to cast bad vibes to the nearby Government House where the British Rule seats then, that eventually lead to the end of British Rule in Hongkong in July 1, 1997. After the hand-over to China, the first Hongkong Chief Executive refused to stay in the same Government House for obvious reasons.
A few blocks away from the above cluster of skyscrapers is the newest and now the tallest building in Hongkong, the 2-International Finance Center. While there may only be one building immediately visible to the naked eye at initial sight, a closer look would reveal a significantly smaller building exactly of the same kind.
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Kowloon, opposite Hongkong Island is known not for its skyscrapers but for its hospitality to tourists. In comparison, there are not much tall sophisticated buildings trying to outdo each other but there are some which can rival those of Hongkong Island.
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– T I M E T O P A R K –
The Hongkong Park was always a good shortcut path. It connects one place to another and passing by the park every time saved us walking time. Always. 🙂
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Another park is the Zoological and Botanical Gardens. It serves as a great barrier and air filter of the city against potential pollution. It did not appeal much to my senses. It is just another park. Except for some exotic Asian animals which kids will really enjoy, I found the park ordinary. However, I found one piece very interesting [see picture below, first from the left].
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– On the way back –
In one of our way back to Kowloon at dusk, we passed by a very interesting giant Drum Lantern display in Central. It is in commemoration of the 60th Founding Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and for holding the first-ever East Asian Games in Hongkong this 2009. The drum display made me understood better why Chinese culture is often associated with drums