Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hong Kong Double Decker Buses

Like their counterparts in London, Hong Kong's fleet of double decker buses serve as massive advertising hoardings.


The above ad is known as L-Shape and costs HK$850 a week for a minimum booking period of 4 weeks.


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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bank of China Building Hong Kong

The iconic Bank of China Building in the Central district of Hong Kong is a feature of Hong Kong's spectacular skyline.


The Bank of China Building (abbreviated as BOC Tower) was designed by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei and completed in 1989.

The tower is 315 m tall with two masts reaching 367.4 m. The building, which is the HQ of the Bank of China in Hong Kong, is the fourth highest skyscraper in Hong Kong. The International Commerce Centre, Two International Finance Centre and Central Plaza are all higher.


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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Noon Day Gun Causeway Bay Hong Kong

The firing of the Noon Day Gun in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong is a throwback to the territory's time as a British colony.

The Noon Day Gun, immortalized in Noel Coward's Mad Dogs and Englishmen, is fired each day at noon with some ceremony.


Noon Day Gun

The gun sits on the site of the first plot of land sold at public auction in Hong Kong, which was bought by the Jardine Matheson company in 1841.

Legend has it that the firing of the Jardine gun salute to the company's Taipan startled a senior British Naval Officer, who ordered that Jardines fired the gun every day at noon as a time signal.

The tradition has continued to this day, though the gun disappeared during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in the 1940s and was replaced in the 1960s by a smaller version, after complaints about the noise from local residents.

The firing of the gun is accompanied by the ringing of eight bells and since 1946 the gun also fires to welcome in the New Year.

The Noon Day gun is a short walk from Victoria Park.


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Sunday, January 16, 2011