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Old September 17th, 2007, 05:43 AM   #2021
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Very wrong.

Hong Kong's modern skyline evolution is very recent, beginning in the late 1980s and booming into the early 90s towards to handover. Significant number of tall skyscrapers were built in Wan Chai, crowned by Central Plaza in 1992, Bank of China in Admiralty in 1989, and HSBC / Exchange Square in the mid- to late-80s. The 90s also a lot of fill-in around what is now Pacific Place.
I still have to go with the 70s since thats when Jardine House sprouted up. Also known Central scrapers such as Alexandria House.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 05:53 AM   #2022
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I still have to go with the 70s since thats when Jardine House sprouted up. Also known Central scrapers such as Alexandria House.
What hkskyline is saying is that there is a subtle (not really) difference from saying:

"The 70's is when the first skyscrapers sprouted up"

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"The 70's is when the modern skyscrapers sprouted up"

Your sentence implies that Hong Kong's skyline was built in the 70's, which it wasn't.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 06:00 AM   #2023
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This Thread should be change to "2nd Best Asian Skyline". To those who want to post more Hong Kong pics, there is no need because other cities will be drown and ignored
Its not all HK. Shanghai gets alot of props in here.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 07:28 AM   #2024
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Yes, but it seems HK will get the majority of votes, and Shanghai second. In my opinion though they should be compared, as every city has its distinct character.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 08:02 AM   #2025
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Yes, but it seems HK will get the majority of votes, and Shanghai second. In my opinion though they should be compared, as every city has its distinct character.
They do. But HK's skyline has this charm and look that most Asian cities don't have.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 10:12 AM   #2026
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I still have to go with the 70s since thats when Jardine House sprouted up. Also known Central scrapers such as Alexandria House.
By the end of the 70s the skyline was still very small, but by the mid 90s the skyline was very big from development of several disticts, not buildings.

There is a huge difference between when the first few buildings came up and when a lot of buildings came up.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 10:13 AM   #2027
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Quite a few cities do have the potential to fight for 2nd place. Chongqing, for example, has quite a huge skyline that can be comparable to Shanghai. The two can already be compared based on population. Seoul also has a huge skyline that spreads across a vast urban landscape.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 06:48 AM   #2028
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The Jin Mao is an iconic scraper and definitely symbolizes China. The SWFC though gives Shanghai's skyline a boost
Actually, the building was inspired by the Japanese, and came under fire when the original design had a circle at the top of the building, which gave Shanghainese a very unpleasant reminder of Japanese aggression and atrocities during WW2.

In fact, Jin Mao has a much closer resemblance to traditional Chinese designs.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 07:56 AM   #2029
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By the end of the 70s the skyline was still very small, but by the mid 90s the skyline was very big from development of several disticts, not buildings.

There is a huge difference between when the first few buildings came up and when a lot of buildings came up.
Yes there's a difference between the 1970s and of the 90s. HK had a significant skyline though during the 80s especially within HK Island.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 12:21 PM   #2030
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Yes there's a difference between the 1970s and of the 90s. HK had a significant skyline though during the 80s especially within HK Island.
It only began since the mid 80s with HSBC and Exchange Square coming up, and began to accelerate in the late 80s with the Bank of China and Central Plaza projects. The Wan Chai government buildings came in the latter part of the 80s, but the real growth was in the 90s when the property boom was in full swing and pretty much created the whole Admiralty section.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 05:48 AM   #2031
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 05:58 AM   #2032
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 05:23 PM   #2033
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^ Nice aerial. I can see how tiny the Forbidden City is in the photo.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 06:03 PM   #2034
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Says on Wikipedia the Forbidden City is 0.72 sq km...so about the same size as Tai Koo Shing?

Thought it was much larger than that for some reason...
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Says on Wikipedia the Forbidden City is 0.72 sq km...so about the same size as Tai Koo Shing?

Thought it was much larger than that for some reason...
Source : http://www.dpm.org.cn/

The Palace Museum is housed in the former palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Popularly called The Forbidden City, the museum covers an area of 720,000 square meters.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 06:16 PM   #2036
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The Palace Museum is housed in the former palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Popularly called The Forbidden City, the museum covers an area of 720,000 square meters.
Yep.

Why don't they include the "area of the grounds" when considering size?
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Yep.

Why don't they include the "area of the grounds" when considering size?
The museum covers the Forbidden City. What do you mean by area of the grounds?
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The museum covers the Forbidden City. What do you mean by area of the grounds?
Like when looking at the size of the Chateau de Versailles, they only actually cover the area the palace takes up, not its grounds (forests, lakes etc around it)
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Like when looking at the size of the Chateau de Versailles, they only actually cover the area the palace takes up, not its grounds (forests, lakes etc around it)
That's Versailles. The Forbidden City museum covers the entire grounds. It doesn't include the imperial grounds elsewhere in Beijing and the parks to the northwest of the palace.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 07:44 PM   #2040
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That's Versailles. The Forbidden City museum covers the entire grounds. It doesn't include the imperial grounds elsewhere in Beijing and the parks to the northwest of the palace.
I was generalising for all other "palaces" - the grounds are not taken into consideration...
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