J3 Private Walking Tours Hong Kong | 13 Hong Kong iconic building images

We have so many iconic buildings that choosing 13 that I like the best was quite difficult but here goes..... 

 The old Legco building in Statue Square

The old Legco building in Statue Square

This is probably everyone's favourite colonial building in Hong Kong, the old Legco building which started life as the Supreme Court way back in the early 1900's. It doesn't get more iconic than this. 

 A grungy old building on Cheung Chau Island

A grungy old building on Cheung Chau Island

Every now and then I come across some real gems and this one I found whilst wandering the back streets of Cheung Chau Island... and believe it or not there is someone living in this place.

 The Repulse Bay Apartments

The Repulse Bay Apartments

The building that appears in all the guide books, this apartment block has a lot of feng shui stuff going on hence the hole in the middle.. it is a gorgeous building particularly on a sunny day.

 another grungy building in Kowloon

another grungy building in Kowloon

I love old grungy buildings, they have character and here is a whole block of them in Kowloon just ripe for redevelopment. 

 The Blue House in Wanchai

The Blue House in Wanchai

The Blue House in Wanchai - simply famous, simply iconic and is somehow featured in just about every movie made in Hong Kong.

 The King Yin Lei Mansion

The King Yin Lei Mansion

This wonderful house was built in 1937 and amazingly it was an English architect who designed it. It is now owned by the Government who had it fully restored a few years back and in typical Government fashion it remains closed to the public except for a couple of days every year. This is a real shame as I think it should be open all the time given it is somewhat unique.

It is located on Stubbs Road heading up to the Peak on Hong Kong Island. 

 Jardine House, Central District

Jardine House, Central District

The building is also known as the "building of a thousand as.holes"  for the obvious reason and for the fact this it is full of lawyers and bankers! Completed in 1973 it still looks good and is one of my favourite buildings in Hong Kong.... oh, I really do have a family connection to this building.

It was previously called Connaught Centre, now named Jardine House and there are actually 1,748 holes, sorry, windows. 

 The Bank of China headquarters

The Bank of China headquarters

The Bank of China is Hong Kong's fourth tallest building and quite impressive it is, I like it a lot, most local people in Hong Kong don't as they consider it has very negative feng shui influences (it is a long story). 

Here is one small random fact.. the architect is I.M.Pei the famous American Chinese architect, his father was the first General Manager of the original Bank of China building which opened in 1953 and is still there next to HSBC Headquarters, so his Dad was a card carrying Communist!

 Cheung Kong Centre

Cheung Kong Centre

Cheung Kong Centre is the headquarters of the Li Ka Shing empire, he is Asia's richest chap, he could have had the glitziest, ritziest building in the world and he chose to have this so simple but oh so elegant design. 

 Lippo Centre in Admiralty

Lippo Centre in Admiralty

There once was a charming rascal called Alan Bond who made a lot of money in Hong Kong in the 1980's but whose fall from grace was quick and spectacular and his legacy is this building, formerly known as the Bond Centre, renamed the Lippo Centre, it's unique design is based on Koala's climbing a tree. Simply stunning.

 The "chopsticks" on Stubbs Road

The "chopsticks" on Stubbs Road

Highcliff and the Summit aka the "chopsticks" and home to the captains of industry, (in other words bankers!) these simply awesome towers look as if they could fall over at any time, great views and a great location. 

 ICC, West Kowloon

ICC, West Kowloon

At 118 floors this is Hong Kong's tallest building and this makes it iconic, I love it and spend a lot of time visiting the Ritz Carlton Hotel which occupies the top 16 floors and has a bar called Ozone on the 118th floor. Pity it is in a quite awful location (at this point in time) a frequent complaint from guests staying in the Ritz Carlton. 

 IFC 2, 88 floors in Central District

IFC 2, 88 floors in Central District

At 88 floors this is the 2nd tallest building in Hong Kong and it totally dominates the Island skyline. simply iconic (and it helps that there is an Apple store in IFC Mall)


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Posted on May 4, 2013 and filed under Iconic Hong Kong.