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“The most iconic building ever to be lit up in rainbow lights”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of HSBC Main Building

HSBC Main Building
Ranked #103 of 811 things to do in Hong Kong
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Owner description: HSBC Main Building is a headquarters building of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. The building can be reached from Exit K of Central MTR Station and facing Statue Square.
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“The most iconic building ever to be lit up in rainbow lights”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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“Something to see on the way to the Victoria Peak Tram - Don't miss the lions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

The HSBC building is located across the street from the Bank of China Tower, and across the street from Statues Square and Central MTR station. When going to see the Peak Tram, it is easy to pass through these locations and view them as well. The HSBC Building is not as tall as newer sky scrapers but it is still very impressive in its Feng Shui style.
One can go up the oddly angled escalators and view the inside of the office building, and also see the two lions outside the building – Stephen and Stit, named after the bank managers in the 1920's and located in front of the building since that period.
10 minutes is enough to see the building and lions, and 10 more are enough for Statue's Square across.

Visited August 2013
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“Just a quick visit, but it is worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Hong Kong has become prosperous because people work hard and there is law and order under the British rule. Correspondingly, the Hong Kong Bank has also prospered. So when the Bank was re-designed after it had been announced that Hong Kong would be returned to China, HSB simply sent a message to China that if it dicked around with the special administrative region, it would move the bank--piece by piece. Because of this, the bank is truly built by an unique curtain wall design that the fenestration, panels and fittings are all removable. Each piece of the exterior wall is removable and the building is nothing but an envelope of panels fastened together which enclose an empty space in the interior that serves as the grand atrium. It is a very unique piece of architecture. it is worth checking the outside wall of the bank and you will notice that the wall truly consists of glass, aluminum panels fastened by joints that are very much different from other commercial buildings. Because of this challenging construction technique, HSB building is still one of the most expensive commercial buildings on cost per square foot basis in Hong Kong.

There is no ground floor, one must travel up by escalator to the 2nd floor where the bank tellers are. Take a quick tour of this bank during the work hours, and you can see the activities and buzz ion the floor, which is synonymous of the energy of the local populace. What makes China is the cheap labour; what has made Hong Kong is law and order, hard work and good government; which is reflected in this bank.

Interestingly, the two bronze lions in front of the bank (facing north) still have shrapnel and bullet holes (look into the rear side of the bronze statures), in particular, the one on the east side. This is a reminder of that Hong Kong has a painful past in the Battle of Hong kong against the Japanese invasion. If one is into history, this is the spot where the Canadians started exchanging fire with the invaders when they crossed the harbour.

Visited July 2013
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“Ahead of it's time at the time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

I saw this building first when it was opened and again last year. It still impresses me 25 years on. Whilst it was one of the taller buildings, it is now dwarfed by the massive amount of development.

But I like it. It so epitomises Hong Kong. A city that changes, and by the way ahs double the number of sky scrapers that New York has.

Visited April 2013
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“Cool Design”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Cool architecture and neatly lit during the Hong Kong light show. I open an account here and the service was top class!

Visited May 2013
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