sky100 HONG KONG OBSERVATION DECK
Note – sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck closes either fully or partially for private events on some dates throughout the year. Check sky100 website for details;
"sky100", located on the 100th floor of the 118-storey International Commerce Centre (ICC) in West Kowloon, opened on 17th April 2011 and is currently the world’s tenth highest observation deck, at a height of 393-metres above sea level. On 8th November 2011, "sky100" was renamed "sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck".
ICC is currently the world’s seventh tallest building at 484-metres above sea level, after Burj Khalifa (Dubai) 828-metres, Shanghai Tower (632-metres), Makkah Royal (Mecca) 601-metres, One World Trade Center (New York) 541.3-metres, TAIPEI 101 (Taipei) 508-metres and Shanghai World Financial Centre (492-metres). Located above Kowloon Station in West Kowloon, it is part of the Union Square project and was developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties. Construction started in 2002 and the building was completed in phases with completion in early 2011 with the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel which is the "world’s highest hotel "and occupies floors 102 to 118.
sky100 is located on the 100th floor of International Commerce Centre (ICC) the world's seventh tallest building, part of the Union Square project on the northern shore of Victoria Harbour, above Kowloon Station
ICC occupies a gross floor area of about 450,000 square-meters. The total façade area is about 120,000 square-metres with the unique glazed curtain wall panel system resembling the over-lapping scales of a dragon. The base of the tower is contoured into series of overlapping panels representing a scaled “dragon tail” which is also functional, being designed to deflect downdrafts and shelter pedestrians from tropical rains. The building is served by 42 lifts, of which over half are double-deck and the fastest lift can travel at a speed of 9-metres per second. The building was developed in response to a lack of office space in Hong Kong’s traditional district, Central, on the opposite side of the harbour and is intended to become a new financial hub for the city. Office space extends to the 99th floor and tenants include major investment banks Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. ICC will accommodates over 20,000 people during normal working hours.
The "dragon tail" feature of ICC
sky100 was both developed, at a cost of over HK$100 million, and is operated by Sun Hung Kai Properties, a major Hong Kong property company, established in 1963, which has developed many major buildings including Two IFC, Hong Kong’s second tallest building. It covers an area of 30,000 square-feet.
ICC UPPER GROUND FLOOR - Guest Centre with tourist information and Super Wide Screen display with panoramic views and luggage storage lockers (paid).
ICC FIRST FLOOR - Ticket Centre, which can be reached via the second floor (Metal Zone) of Elements Mall, above Kowloon Station. Luggage storage lockers (paid).
sky100 Ticket Centre
ICC SECOND FLOOR (accessible via escalators from the Ticket Centre) - sky 100 main entrance, Memory Lane Time Tunnel, 3-D multimedia exhibits, Memory Lane 3-D Theatre, Holly Brown Coffee Roasters cafe and elevators (“flying lifts”) to the 100th floor.
Holly Brown Coffee Roasters café outside sky100's main entrance
sky100 main entrance
Visitors pass through the Memory Lane Time Tunnel en route to the "flying lifts"
Four high-speed double-deck "flying lifts" transport visitors from the 2nd floor to 100th floor in 60 seconds. Progress of the ascent is displayed on countdown panels in the lift ceiling. The lifts also serve the 101st floor restaurants
ICC 100th FLOOR – Sunken Model (in floor of passageway from lifts to observation deck), Observation Deck with 360-degree panoramic views, light box landmark indicator, Itinerary Planner, Advanced Telescopes, “Ten Tallest Buildings in the World” wall display, Photo Booth, Sky-high 3D Hong Kong Street, Anti-reflection photo booths, Vista @ sky100 Café, Gift Shop, “Skypost” postal counter and Customer Service Counter.
A sunken model of central Hong Kong lies in the passageway between the "flying lifts" and the observation deck on the 100th floor
The 100th floor observation deck presents a tranquil atmosphere in which visitors can enjoy stunning views. The spacious deck encircles the 100th floor allowing 360-degree panoramic views. The deck can accommodate 1000 visitors at any one time and, although visitors are given a half-hour time slot for entry to the observation deck, there is no limit on duration of stay.
Light box indicators assist visitors to identify landmarks
The East Deck and Customer Service Counter
Four anti-reflection photo booths assist visitors to eliminate glass reflection when taking night time skyline photos
SKY-HIGH 3D HONG KONG STREET
Located on the north-side of the observation deck, ‘Sky-high 3D Hong Kong Street’
features the iconic Bruce Lee and a nostalgic Cantonese café, which enable visitors
to experience the unique culture of Hong Kong. Visitors can take photos with the
provided props in front of the 3D paintings.
THE INTERACTIVE sky100 AR app
The interactive sky100 AR app uses Augmented Reality technology to enable visitors to turn dreams into reality and admire magnificent views while paragliding over Victoria Harbour. Visitors can also project selected messages onto a virtual model of Hong Kong's tallest building, International Commerce Centre (ICC)
Information regarding the app and the app interface can be found on the sky100 website;
sky100 is now giving away the free mini-ICC mat to all visitors and, upon scanning the mat with the official sky100 AR app, visitors can hold a 3D model of ICC in their hands and take pictures to share with family and friends. Visitors can keep the mat to take home and relive the experience
FREE AUDIO VISUAL GUIDE
A free Audio-visual guide is available when visitors connect their mobile devices to sky100's free Wi-Fi. Eight sets of QR codes have been put in place at various locations on the deck, which visitors can scan using the QR reader app on their mobile devices. The guide, which is available in five languages (English, Cantonese, Putonghua, Japanese and Korean), is designed to enrich the visitor experience and appreciation of Hong Kong's culture
VISTA @ sky100 CAFE
sky100's café "Vista @ sky100" on the west corner of the observation deck offers sky-high gourmet dining and stunning views with creative menus including this all-day afternoon tea
The Gift Shop offers a range of high quality and exclusive souvenirs
sky100 HONG KONG OBSERVATION DECK OPENING HOURS – Sunday to Thursday 10am to 9pm daily (last admission time 8pm). Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 10pm (last admission 9pm). On Saturdays from 16th April to 16th July 2016 opening hours are extended to midnight (last admission 11pm).
Note - sky100 will close in the event of severe weather such as Tropical Cyclone Signal 8 or above, or Black Rainstorm Warning.
TICKETING AND PRICES - (Tickets can either be purchased online from one month prior to admission date and time or from the Ticket Centre on day of visit);
STANDARD TICKET (single admission valid 30 days from purchase);
Adult – HK$168*
Child (3-11) – HK$118*
Senior (65 and over with HK ID card) – HK$118*
*15% discount if purchased online
SUN AND STARS TICKET (double entry ticket allowing two admissions within 30 days of ticket purchase);
Adult - HK$220**
Child (3-11) - HK$165**
Senior (65 and over with HK ID card) - HK$165**
**10% discount if purchased online
See website for other ticket offers.
SPECIAL PROMOTIONS – Check sky100 website for current special promotions;
MTR - ICC is located at Kowloon Station on the MTR Tung Chung and Airport Express lines. sky100 entrance, on the first floor, can be reached via the Metal Zone of Elements mall.
BUS - Kowloon MTR Station Bus Terminus is served by bus routes 8 (from Star Ferry Pier Bus Terminus, Tsim Sha Tsui - although this a lengthy indirect route taking about one hour), 11 (from Diamond Hill MTR Station Bus Terminus), 215X (from Lam Tin Kwong Tin Estate Bus Terminus), 203E (from Choi Hung Bus Terminus), and 296D (from Sheung Tak Bus Terminus). Passengers from Hong Kong International Airport can take Citybus "Cityflyer" Bus A10, A11 or A12 and alight at the Western Harbour Tunnel Toll Plaza for ICC/Kowloon Station (about 30/35 mins journey time).
GREEN MINIBUS – Kowloon MTR Station Bus Terminus is served by green minibus routes 26 (from To Kwa Wan Chi Kiang Street), 74 (from Mongkok Luen Wan Street) and 77M (from Tsim Sha Tsui East).
COACH – China Coach Terminus, located on the first floor of Elements mall, is served by coaches from Shenzhen International Airport.
AIRPORT EXPRESS SHUTTLE BUS – Kowloon Station is served by free Airport Express Shuttle Bus services K1,K2,K3,K4 and K5 from various hotels in Kowloon. To use this free bus shuttle, passengers must have a valid Airport Express Ticket, Airport Express Travel Pass or Octopus Card.
101st FLOOR FINE DINING;
The 101st floor of ICC, accessible by visitors to sky100, is a gourmet dining floor. Fine dining restaurants currently operating include;
INAKAYA Japanese restaurant;
DRAGON SEAL Chinese restaurant;
TENKU RYUGIN, Japanese restaurant;
THE SKY BOSS, Chinese restaurant;
Acknowledgement - all photos courtesy sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck