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HSBC Main Building, Hong Kong
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Admire the historical details of HSBC Main Building, designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster and the most expensive building in the world at the time of its completion in 1985. As you approach, you'll see two bronze lions, Stephen and Stitt, which guard the entrance to the bank. Preserved from an earlier version of this building, they still bear shrapnel holes from the Japanese attack on British Hong Kong in World War II and even feature on the Hong Kong dollar banknotes. Enter the building, which is open to the public, to admire its precise and modern design, Feng Shui-influenced style, and the natural sunlight filtering through the glass windows. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Hong Kong holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the HSBC Main Building and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I went to the famous HSBC building recently. If you look at the lions and the plaza area just under the building there are some gold and black square tiles. You can scan them if you download the mobil...  more »
  • The building it's self has a fair bit of history, but the underneath is a brilliant time line model of HK and how the area has been reclaimed over the years from the sea. Out back are two lions that s...  more »
  • Worth a visit just to observe the details of its wonderful architecture from below
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  • Very different architecture. A lot of history in this building. At the ground floor, there is a big digital screen which shares the history of HSBC
  • I've always been passionate about architecture, and growing up in HongKong, i never had a proper chance to enter the building. It's magnificently designed and it's glass reflects off the traditional heritage of Hong Kong. The iconic lion is also a joy to watch.
  • Modern Building in Financial Services. Suggest to come in night for stunning slight
  • Make sure you have a close-up look at the stunning headquarters of what is now HSBC (formerly the Hongkong & Shanghai Bank) headquarters, designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster in 1985. The building is a masterpiece of precision, sophistication and innovation. And so it should be. On completion in 1985 it was the world’s most expensive building (it cost upward of US$1 billion). The building reflects architect Sir Norman’s wish to create areas of public and private space and to break the mould of previous bank architecture. The ground floor is public space, which people can traverse without entering the building; from there, escalators rise to the main banking hall. The building is inviting to enter – it’s not guarded or off limits. Hong Kong Chinese, irreverent as always, call the 52-storey glass and aluminium structure the ‘Robot Building’.
  • Architectural marvel... The building comes to life in the night