Lonely Planet review
The Bank of China (BOC) is headquartered in the awesome Bank of China Tower to the southeast of its old home (the Old Bank of China building at 1 Bank St). The tower was designed by Chinese-born American architect IM Pei and completed in 1990. This 70-storey building is Hong Kong’s third-tallest structure after Two International Finance Centre in Central and Central Plaza in Wan Chai. The asymmetry of the building is puzzling at first glance, but it’s really a simple geometric exercise. Rising from the ground like a cube, it is successively reduced, quarter by quarter, until the south-facing side is left to rise upward on its own. Many local Hong Kong Chinese see the building as a huge violation of the principles of feng shui. For example, the bank’s four triangular prisms are negative symbols in the geomancer’s rule book; being the opposite to circles, these triangles contradict what circles suggest – money, prosperity and perfection. The public viewing gallery on the 43rd floor offers panoramic views of Hong Kong.