Kong Convention and Exhibition Center - HKCEC
The original HKCEC was completed in 1988. Completed in 1997,
just in time to house the historic handover ceremonies, is the extension
to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Sitting in Victoria
Harbour, the world's tallest glass wall opens onto gorgeous panoramas
of the water, Kowloon, and up and down the island coast toward Central
and Causeway Bay. Consistently voted one of the best exhibition venues
in the world, it's a great place to visit -- even if you don't have a
convention or exhibition to attend! If you're in TST, take a ferry to
the Wanchai Ferry pier for a great view of the structure from the harbor.
When construction was finished on the Central Plaza building in 1992,
it stood as the tallest building in the world outside the United States.
As of November, 2000, it still holds a respectable rank and just beats
out (measured without masts) the Bank of China building. At night, the office building acts as a clock with different
color patterns on the outside representing the time. (Ask a resident how
to decipher the clock, as it changes.) If you're outside almost anywhere
in Hong Kong or Kowloon at 9:00 p.m., keep an eye on the building for
an explosion of color.
The area is not really
famous for its shopping. It went from being a bit run down to housing
(in no small part due to the cheaper land costs before) a boom
in high-rises. For shopping, you're better off one MTR stop west (at Pacific
Place in Central) or east (everywhere in Causeway Bay), both of which
are reknowned for some of Hong Kong's best stores and complexes.
Wanchai Ferry Pier
Star Ferry type boats go to Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hom (Wonderful Worlds
of Whampoa Shopping Complex) on the Kowloon peninsula.
Wanchai MTR Station
Located a bit inland due to all the harbor reclamation, a train from here
gets you to Central in a couple of minutes and only a few more under the
harbor to TST.