One of the most easily recognisable skyscrapers amongst the Hong Kong Skyline is the Bank of China (BOC) tower. Designed by Chinese-American architect L.M. Pei, the building was opened in 1990 and at 72 floors, was the tallest building in Hong Kong until passing that torch to Central Plaza three years later. The BOC Tower is located between Cotton Tree Drive and Garden Road, just off Queensway in the Central District.
The BOC Tower exterior is elegant and sleek and is based on important feng shui principles. The framework is that of a stack of triangles reaching upward to the sky. It is particularly attractive to view at night, when the triangular outlines are lit up brightly while the rest of the building remains dark, blending into the night sky.
In addition to viewing the BOC Tower from up close and locations such as Hong Kong Park and Victoria Peak on the Hong Kong side, it is also easily recognisable during harbour ferry rides as well as prime locations on the TST side including the Avenue of Stars promenade, upper floor sky bars, restaurants and viewing platforms near the harbour.