ICC's observation deck to open in April, with adult tickets at HK$125
The highest indoor 360-degree observation deck in Hong Kong will open in April on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre, the fourth-tallest building in the world.
The sky100 above Kowloon MTR station was expected to become a new tourist hot spot, attracting 3,000 to 5,000 visitors a day, general manager Elaine Tsui said.
Online ticket bookings will open in March, at HK$125 for adults and HK$90 for children and the elderly. A family package for two adults and a child will cost HK$305. Visitors can buy same-day tickets from the ticket centre but the price will be slightly higher.
The charge for the 393-metre-high sky100 is between those for the observation decks at the 390-metre Taipei 101 (HK$103) and the 474-metre Shanghai World Financial Centre (HK$175).
'In the past, visitors have usually viewed Hong Kong's cityscape from The Peak. Now they can also view Victoria Harbour from Kowloon,' Travel Industry Council chairman Michael Wu Siu-ieng said.
The council's executive director, Joseph Tung Yao-chung, said: 'The price is acceptable as it includes several other attractions. Though it is a bit more expensive than Taipei 101, it is cheap compared with similar observation decks in other countries.'
Sky100 also will have multimedia exhibits and tourist information.
The 360-degree viewing deck offers a view of Hong Kong's central business district towards the east and south, the coastal horizon and the Tsing Ma Bridge to the west, and the cityscape of Kowloon under Lion Rock to the north.
The attraction will open for free visits by charity groups in January. So far, almost 20 organisations have made bookings.
The observation deck can hold about 1,000 visitors at a time. Visitors will enter in half-hour time slots but there will be no time limit for their stay.
Separately, the Tourism Board will stage a fireworks show over Victoria Harbour to usher in the new year. From 10 seconds before the start of 2011, fireworks showing the numbers 10 to one will count down on top of Two IFC and nine other buildings on Hong Kong Island, including the HSBC headquarters, the Cheung Kong Center and Sun Hung Kai Centre. A four-minute musical and fireworks show will begin at midnight.
The display would resemble a colourful dragon soaring into the sky, symbolising economic prosperity in 2011, the board's executive director, Anthony Lau Chun-hon, said.