We visited the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong's construction site recently and we're still reeling. The half-constructed Ritz Carlton at the top of the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong will be the tallest hotel in the world when it opens at the beginning of 2011.
On our visit, we stood at the 102nd floor, where a couple of restaurants are currently under construction, and peered out the large windows to ogle the sight of Victoria Harbour. Vertigo ensued and we had to grab hold of the raw concrete walls to steady ourselves. It wasn't just the distance from the ground -- nearly 490 meters -- that inspired light-headedness, but the sheer beauty of Hong Kong under our feet had a knockout-punch effect on our senses. For a few seconds we forgot to breath, as our eyes met the full 180 degree-plus spread from Tsim Sha Tsui East to Central, to Sheung Wan, and then to the mouth of Victoria Harbour, widening out into an expanse of South China Sea that eventually merged with the shimmering horizon.
In every way, this is a hotel destined for hyperbole, but to say that the view is truly incomparable is no stretch of vocabulary. See the virtual tour for a taste of what I'm going on about. It was taken from the ICC's observation deck at the 100th floor -- called sky100 -- a couple of floors below where the Ritz Carlton is going to be. It's a good way to warm up before an actual first-hand experience when the hotel is finally completed.
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