A Timeless Sunset at the Sky 100, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is Asia’s world city. Aside from its financial importance, the city is also known for its skyscrapers and stunning sunsets behind the urban jungle’s skyline. So it comes as no surprise then, that the best place to view the sunset is from within a skyscraper – the tallest building in the city and the 7th tallest in the world, the ICC (International Commerce Center). Sky 100, located on the 100th floor at 393 meters above sea level, this is the best view of the city anyone can get.
With 360 degree views, the Sky 100 presents floor to ceiling glass windows for visitors to truly feel as if they are viewing the city from above. The neighbouring skyscrapers are dwarfed by the sheer height of the ICC. The observation deck allows visitors to see the surrounding Kowloon side, the stunning Victoria Harbour as well as parts of Hong Kong Island, and no Hong Kong itinerary would be complete without a visit to this spectacular spot.
An interesting feature of the Sky 100 is simply getting there. Visitors will ride on the high-speed, double-decker elevator which goes from the 2nd floor to the 100th floor in just 60 seconds! It’s actually the fastest double-decker elevator in Hong Kong! Visitors can also catch fireworks at night on New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year, HKSAR Establishment Day, and National Day.
When to go?
Visitors can spend an hour or 2 viewing the city from above, and honestly, there is no bad time to go. During the day, visitors will be able to get brightly lit, blue sky photos capturing an expansive distance. At sunset, watch the city get bathed in a fiery orange (or pink!), and at night, enjoy the big city lights, with no area obstructed. The Sky 100 Observation Deck is just one of those hard-to-go-wrong attractions and is a must-do while in Hong Kong.
When you’re at the Observation Deck, walk through the Memory Lane I & II, which uses LED lights and video to showcase Hong Kong’s transformation over the past 50 years into the city it is today.
While there, if you feel like grabbing a gourmet bite or enjoying an exquisite tea time, Cafe 100 by the Ritz Carlton is a perfect sky-high option. Serving French food and drinks, this is the place to be while watching the afternoon turn into sunset. There are further high-end dining options serving Chinese and Japanese cuisines on the 101st floor with unbeatable, panoramic views of the harbour.
What’s more, because the Sky 100 is one of the best places to see in Hong Kong, waiting times for the queues can get very, very long. But you won’t have to worry about spending hours waiting in line when purchasing the Hong Kong Tourist Pass, which provides holders with priority, fast access to the top attractions in the city. The HKTP has holders covered from the start to the end of the trip, and this includes unlimited rides on the city’s MTR, bus and tram.
Things to Know
The Sky 100 is open everyday, from 10am - 9pm on Sundays to Thursdays, and 10am - 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Get here from Central on the MTR. Take the Tung Chung (yellow) line to Kowloon Station, just one stop away from Central. Follow the directions to the ICC. Enter through the 1st floor of Elements Mall.