Mandarin Oriental, Hong King lies in a major business hub of the city, yet there’s much more than corporate offices in the surrounding area. Step outside the hotel and you’re in the company of some of the city’s most well-known buildings and skyscrapers. Architect Cesar Pelli’s (also of Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers fame) Cheung Kong Centre is a glass beauty that offers stunning panoramic views of the city. During the Christmas and Chinese New Year holidays, the windows light up to display playful, colourful greetings. Pelli’s also designed the IFC, on Hong Kong’s waterfront. At night, you can’t help but gaze up at I.M. Pei’s masterpiece, the Bank of China on Garden Road, with its lines and angles lit up majestically.
It’s also worth admiring the symmetry of Jardine’s House’s circular windows, which perfectly juxtaposed the view from my vantage point of Central and the Victoria Harbour from my lush Harbor Room. Classical enthusiasts won’t want to miss seeing the Former French Mission Building, and the Court of Final Appeal, which, each time I walk past, still requires thorough contemplation. Likewise, the many other spectacular architectural feats in this neighbourhood (the HSBC headquarters, the gorgeous Pedder Building, and more) also deserve the same attention.