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The Center – A Chameleon in the Concrete Jungle

March 10, 2021

Name(English): The Center
Name(Chinese): 中環中心
Category: Architecture; Community
Address(English): 99 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Address(Chinese):  中環皇后大道中99號
Address Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/9Wdut5T4dNuDbfTt5
Address longitude and latitude: 22.284838590505288, 114.15476688398842
Nearest MTR Station: Central MTR Station Exit C
Nearest MTR Station Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/8ZvwGXEvZVLRxcJN9
Nearest MTR Station longitude and latitude: 22.282214905771177, 114.15824115758281
Opening Hours:
MON 10:00 – 12:00
TUE 10:00 – 12:00
WED 10:00 – 12:00
THU 10:00 – 12:00
FRI 10:00 – 12:00
SAT 10:00 – 12:00
SUN 10:00 – 12:00
Recommended Time to Visit: Day time
Accessibility Note: Easy access

The Center is the fifth tallest building in Hong Kong and makes up the part of Hong Kong’s famous Skyline. It’s 346 m tall and has 73 storeys. It’s one of the few skyscrapers here in Hong Kong entirely made from steel material with no concrete core which is why it’s among one of the most tall steel buildings in the world. 

An aerial view of the building

As the fifth tallest building in Hong Kong, it serves a really important role in the Symphony of Lights Laser Show that occurs in Victoria Harbour every night. It also has light arrangement and festivities on special occasions such as New Year,  The Center has never missed a show and has performed by constantly changing the light color of its outerior each and every 10 seconds. The Hong Kong locals have thus creatively made a nick-name for this building, “The Chameleon Building”. Just like a living chameleon as it changes its color from time to time! 

A low angle of the building

Surprisingly, The Center is not only home to corporations and offices but also many NGOs. It consists of public space and provides a common ground for people to mix and mingle, perform arts shows, talks, andhost exhibitions. 

A common area on the ground floor
The ground floor

The building is best seen together with the whole majestic skyline of Hong Kong to admire its beauty. It surely is an exceptional building to check out and pride about with the many aesthetic clicks you can take when you visit!

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Alisha Hussain

Hi, Alisha here! I’m a Pakistani born and raised here in Hong Kong! It can be difficult to tackle your identity while living as an ethnic minority in Hong Kong, but immersing yourself in the culture, travels & locals really does boost that sense of belonging you long for.


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