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The Bank of China Tower is a renowned building in Hong Kong and an iconic symbol of modern architecture and design. Designed by I.M. Pei and completed in 1989, it is located on the Central waterfront, rising to a sheer height of 1,205 ft (359 meters), dominating the city skyline. It stands out due to its unique angles and construction materials including glass, granite, steel, aluminum, and reinforced concrete. The structural design is based on advanced Chinese Feng Shui principles which takes into account the surrounding environment including views of Victoria Harbour and other buildings in the area. This has resulted in a very special style with four connected towers around a central octagon surrounded by 8 columns which symbolize infinity as well mystical numbers from Chinese numerology . Eight has particular relevance due to its association with prosperity. Various designs such as “double layer balconies” are visible within each tower which provide ventilation while bringing additional light into the building thus saving energy consumption. Finally the exterior surface is adorned with stainless steel frames capable of changing colour according to light intensity achieving impressive visual effects day or night depending on conditions outside.
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Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese belief system which suggests that by arranging elements in a particular way, one can able to create a harmonious living environment. Feng Shui can be used to design everything from buildings, streets and parks to furniture, interiors, and even houses. According to this philosophy, there are two major types of energies: Yin energy (which symbolizes passive energy) and Yang energy (which symbolizes active energy). When these two forces are combined correctly, they can result in harmony and balance.
The Bank of China Tower was designed with Feng Shui principles in mind. During construction, a professional Chinese Geomancer consulted with the architects and suggested certain Feng Shui aspects such as the building’s orientation: east-west instead of north-south; materials used: stainless steel to maximize sunlight reflection; double-glazed windows help keep heat away from the tower; its curved shape; and its distinctive triangular “bamboo” like look. All these characteristics were selected to promote prosperity to the bank. Historically speaking, many areas of east Asia have used Feng Shui principles for guidance during building construction for centuries.
Financial: The Bank of China Tower has brought numerous financial benefits to Hong Kong. It has become a significant business symbol and is often referred to as a ‘tourist attraction’ due to its impressive architecture. In addition, the tower is a major source of income for the city. It includes 61 stories and attracts tenants who rent the commercial office space in this structure, which provides income for the people of Hong Kong.
Cultural: The Bank of China Tower stands out on Hong Kong’s skyline and visually represents the culture of the city. Its architecture amazingly blends East and West design into one building that is both creative and often seen as iconic. The original Bank of China building was built in 1982, but it underwent certain enhancements from 2003-1997 to provide even more cultural significance to the region.
Social: Since its establishment, people from all around have come to marvel at this incredible tower, thus making it an important landmark for citizens and tourists alike. People often come to take pictures or admire its view; therefore, there are social experiences around it such as cafeterias that offer excellent food experiences with stunning views. Similarly, it comprises sky-gardens located between different levels giving visitors an opportunity to sit back and reflect on their time spent enjoying these views while connecting with friends or loved ones.
Highlight Famous Visitors
The Bank of China Tower is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic towers and an important part of the city’s skyline. Its iconic shape and distinctive architecture have attracted the attention of many famous visitors over the years.
The most notable famous visitor to the Bank of China Tower has to be Queen Elizabeth II, who paid a visit in 1997, (during her Golden Jubilee celebration tour). In her six-mile carriage ride from Government House up to the peak, Her Majesty made sure she drove past the impressive glass skyscraper that symbolizes Hong Kong’s efforts towards modernity.
Other famous personalities who have visited the Bank of China Tower include renowned film director Cameron Crowe and former US President Bill Clinton, who famously said “Hello” from behind glass at the top floor observation deck in 1998.
In addition to artists and politicians, a handful of athletes have also visited this historic building over the years. Nicknamed ‘China Strike Eagle’, Yao Ming—former Houston Rockets star—once signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans at its entrance in 2003. Kevin Spacey also visited a few years later during an episode filming on his show ‘House Of Cards’.
The Bank of China Tower stands today as one of Hong Kong’s treasured landmarks and it will no doubt continue to capture the imagination of more famous visitors and tourists alike in years to come.
1) Place a crystal hemisphere and colourful representations of the elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) in your office or home to benefit from the energy at the Bank of China Tower.
2) Install Double Happiness coins, mirror tiles and bird figures near entrances and windows for spiritual protection.
3) Incorporate wind chimes into your practice as a way to disperse negative energy coming from airplanes flying near the tower.
4) Display auspicious sayings, symbols and images in areas where positive chi is needed most.
5) Bring an abundance of natural light into your workspace or home to balance any residual yin-yang energy.
6) Arrange furniture with reference to the 9-square residence Feng Shui formula – placing items that represent yin and yang elements between 2 identical objects (e.g. 2 chairs).
7) Hang Chinese knots or lucky charms with scriptures containing positive affirming intentions near windows or entranceways.
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