The tallest tower in town is the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Kowloon, home to the Sky100 Observation Deck.
Located on the 100th floor of the 12th tallest building in the world, Sky100 is 393 metres above sea level, and the only indoor observation deck in Hong Kong that can provide uninterrupted 360-degree views.
The ticket centre is on the 1/F, though it’s cheaper to book in advance online. Adult tickets are HK$169.00 online, while walk-in tickets are HK$188.00.
Once you’re ready to go, high-speed elevators make your ears pop as they rise to the 100th floor in just under 30 seconds.
The views from the deck truly are unrivaled, and a series of light boxes, maps and illustrations help you figure out what you’re looking at. It is easy to spot the major sights, like the Star Ferry below, and Victoria Peak in the distance, plus the wide expanse of Kowloon behind you, and a smattering of Outlying Islands in the distance.
It’s best to go on a clear day, as a rainy or a ‘foggy’ (i.e. polluted) day paints the sky in grey layers and limits visibility.
If you’re feeling hungry, the observation deck has a little eatery, the Cafe 100 by The Ritz-Carlton, which is also housed in the ICC. At the 2/F, there’s another cafe, Fuel Espresso, where you can have coffee, espresso, lattes, and sweet treats like cakes and pastries.
Sky100 has a number of ticket packages that offer discounts, but one of the more useful ones is the Night Package for 2, where you and a companion can enter after 6 pm for just HK$240.00.
If you’re also planning on visiting the Big Buddha during your stay, check out their combination ‘Day & Night Package’, with a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car after 2:30 pm, and entry to Sky100 after 6 pm, for HK$285.00.
Bonus tip: The ICC is also home to the tallest bar in Hong Kong and the second tallest in the world: Ozone, located on the 118th floor, and part of the Ritz-Carlton hotel. However, if you go, you will need to at least order a drink, but with prices like HK$100.00 for a ginger ale and HK$120.00 for a Corona, it’s better to just go to Sky100.