Two International Finance Centre @ Night

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The International Finance Center (abbr. IFC) is an integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kong's Central District.

A prominent landmark on Hong Kong Island, IFC consists of two skyscrapers, the IFC Mall, and the 55-story Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Tower 2 is the second tallest building in Hong Kong, behind the International Commerce Center in West Kowloon. It is the fourth-tallest building in the Greater China region and the eighth-tallest office building in the world, based on structural heights; by roof height, only the Taipei 101, Shanghai World Financial Center, Willis Tower, International Commerce Center and Burj Khalifa exceed it. It is of similar height to the former World Trade Center. The Airport Express Hong Kong Station is directly beneath it.

Two International Finance Center, completed in 2003, is attached to the second phase of the ifc mall. This 415-meter-tall building, currently Hong Kong's second tallest, is quoted as having 88 storeys and 22 high-ceiling trading floors to qualify as being extremely auspicious in Chinese culture. It is, however, short of the magic number, due to the fact that "taboo floors" like 14th and 24th are omitted as being inauspicious – 14 sounds like "definitely fatal" and 24 like "easily fatal" in Cantonese.

The highrise is designed to accommodate financial institutions. For example, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) is located at the 55th floor. It is equipped with advanced telecommunications, raised floors for flexible cabling management, and nearly column-free floor plans. The building expects to accommodate up to 15,000 people. It is one of relatively few buildings in the world equipped with double-deck elevators.

The 55th, 56th and the 77th to 88th floors were bought by the HKMA for USUS$ 480 million in 2001. An exhibition area, currently containing an exhibit of Hong Kong's monetary history, and a library of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority Information Center occupy the 55th floor, and are open to the public during office hours.

Despite common practice for owners to allow naming buildings after its important tenants – the building accommodates some very prestigious tenants – the owners decided not to allow renaming of the building in fairness to all.

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Nadia Kushnir on April 24, 2012

Ночные миражи...!

Ivan Logvinov on April 25, 2012

Да, Гонконг ночью очень впечатляет.

Bassam Jayousi on April 26, 2012

Impressive view and night photography. Like

Best wishes, Bassam

Ivan Logvinov on April 26, 2012

Dear Bassam!
Thank you for visiting and your kind words!

Sensei or SunSay on April 27, 2012

Very nice shot
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Kind regards
Yuri
from Ukraine

Ivan Logvinov on April 27, 2012

Благодарю Вас, Юрий, за высокую оценку!

Ivan Logvinov on April 30, 2012

Dear leguima! Thanks!

Henu Eins on May 2, 2012

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Ivan Logvinov on May 2, 2012

Thanks!

Ivan Logvinov on May 3, 2012

Dear Inge, thanks!

柒柒 on May 3, 2012

♥Another amazing night shot……LIKE8*!!!
Greetings from 柒柒♥

柒柒 on May 3, 2012

♥Another amazing night shot……very beautiful color~~iLIKE8 it!!!
Greetings from 柒柒♥

Ivan Logvinov on May 3, 2012

Dear 柒柒! 非常感谢你说的客气话 !

ОТЛИЧНО!!!

Ivan Logvinov on May 3, 2012

Благодарю Вас, Айрат!

arno18 on May 4, 2012

Amazing. Beautiful photo! Like!. Best regards, Arno

Ivan Logvinov on May 4, 2012

Dear Arno! Thank you, for your kind words! I'm glad you liked the photo!

Alien Alienovic on May 6, 2012

COOL

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Ivan Logvinov on May 6, 2012

Dear Alien67!
Thank you, for your kind words! I'm glad you liked the photo!

Tomber on May 6, 2012

Hey ChiefTech ( Bender), da hast du eine wundervolle Nachtaufnahme abgelichtet. Gefällt mir sehr LIKE. Viele liebe grüße von TOMBER.

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  • Uploaded on April 20, 2012
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    by Ivan Logvinov
    • Camera: Canon EOS 50D
    • Taken on 2012/03/25 22:50:32
    • Exposure: 10.000s
    • Focal Length: 47.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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