Known as 1QRC to the locals, the HSBC building located at 1 Queen's Road Central holds the rights to the view over the water in front to ensure feng shui prosperity. Next year sees the bank's 150 year anniversary, so prosperous it has remained. The building's iconic status is borne out of its unique architectural construction - an office that could theoretically be taken down in parts and shipped to another site, allegedly in case of troubles with the return of HK to China - contingency planning at its most extreme!
Last week, the building was lit up in rainbow colours for the first time - a sign off how far the company this building houses has come - a firm support of LGBT rights in a territory which still does not cover discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This is undoubtedly the most iconic and possibly the tallest building in the world to be lit up in rainbow colours.
For visitors to HK island, a walk by this building is a must - it is often joked that HK is ruled by three institutions - the HK government, the Hongkong Bank, and the HK Jockey Club. A decade ago, it remained pretty true, and with the rainbowlights, HSBC is sending a message as to the direction HK should be moving for the benefit of its economy and attraction of talent-rich people.
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