Sky 100 is Hong Kong’s newest attraction – an observation deck hung 100 stories in the air inside the newest addition to the city’s crowded skyline, ICC or the International Commerce Centre Tower. As the tallest building in Hong Kong –making it the fourth tallest in the world – the views are said to be unmatched – which is saying something in a city that has more skyscrapers than New York and boasts some truly breath taking vistas.
We take a stroll around inside Sky 100, soak up the view and ask whether Sky 100 actually offers better views than the others available in Hong Kong – many of which are free.
1. Sky 100 Observation Deck at the International Commerce Centre
Hong Kong is said to have 3000 plus skyscrapers. Most of the highest and the best are squeezed along the north Hong Kong Island shoreline – but in recent years Kowloon, across the water, has been gaining some height itself. Truly announcing its arrival in the skyscraper stakes is the International Commerce Centre Tower (ICC).
Standing 108 floors and measuring 1587ft tall, this is the tallest building in Hong Kong. It’s mostly made up of office space, which – when fully occupied – is estimated to house roughly 20,000 office rats. The top floors – confusingly numbered 102-118 thanks to Chinese superstition around numbers with the word three – are taken up by the Ritz Carlton hotel. This makes the Ritz Carlton the highest hotel in the world – not to mention the highest bar and spa. The Sky 100 observation deck can be found on floor 100.
2. Sky 100 Exhibit
Ok, so you probably aren’t here to watch flashing lights and press buttons, but the multimedia displays at Sky 100 are a decent attraction in their own right. Designed to look like something straight out of Star Wars the multimedia installations are state of the art and present an interactive display on Hong Kong history and architecture.
There is a small scale replica of Hong Kong, with each of the city’s buildings geographically placed to match up with their position to the tower, as well as the Time Tunnel, which presents a digital take on the city's past.
And, while it might be hard to get excited about binoculars – the ones here are truly special with enhanced 3D views of the cityscape - forget roll a penny eye glasses.
3. Sky 100 View From the International Commerce Centre
So is the Sky 100 view as spectacular as its marketing claims it is? Yes. There are a lot of great views in Hong Kong but Sky 100 genuinely has a claim to being one of the best.
One of its major pluses is the location on the Kowloon waterfront. Most of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers are on the north shore of Hong Kong Island, so Kowloon is actually the best place to see them all. From the Sky 100 viewing platform you can a vista of the whole northern shore skyline and its skyscrapers. It’s a view found for free at the Avenue of Stars – but 100 floors up it looks even more impressive.
Equally impressive is the fact that the viewing platform is a 360 wraparound so you can stare back on to the mountains of Kowloon and across the dense housing estates as well. The drawback – and it’s a fairly substantial one – is that unlike viewing platforms at other skyscrapers around the world – such as the Empire State building, the Sky 100 has no outside viewing area. It’s completely encased in glass. That would seem to give The Peak the edge on the viewing front – and it’s free.
4. Sky 100 Tickets and Information
Prices are HK$150 for adults and HK$105 for 3-11 year olds. You can save money for booking in advance, where tickets are Hk$125 and HK$90. The attraction is open from 10am to 10pm seven days a week and tickets are for a 60min slot - although once you have entered you can stay at the top for as long as you want. It does get busy – especially at weekends - but is rarely packed. Weekends are typically busier and you might want to consider whether you want a daytime view or an evening show when all the lights are lit up.