Hong Kong from Santa's lofty view
Compiled by Chris Lau
ICC's new Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck offers breathtaking views of the city.
To ring in Christmas and the New Year, a Candy Wonderland feature has been added for the holiday season. Five junior reporters journeyed up 100 floors for a look-see.
The Observation Deck is on the 100th floor of the tallest building in Hong Kong, the International Commercial Centre. Stepping onto it takes your breath away.
The round deck provides you with a 360-degree bird's-eye view of the territory from Kowloon to Victoria Harbour. In the daylight, you can make out the different buildings. On-sight binoculars help you locate landmarks by indicating them on their screens.
At night, the sparkling Christmas decorations are truly eye-catching. Seeing those carnival-like lights, from Santa Claus to reindeers, makes for a memorable Christmas experience.
On every skyscraper with an observation deck worldwide, there are binoculars where you pay money to zoom in on sights from above. I've been to many such towers, but the binoculars at Sky100 come with a twist: they're electronic.
Instead of pressing your eyes to viewfinders, you look at a screen, which is like a tablet computer. Normal binoculars only show you the present condition of a city - when it's foggy, you can't see a thing. With the Sky100 binoculars, there are three options for viewing the city.
1 Just as with ordinary binoculars, you can view the city as it as at the moment you are looking at it.
2 You can set the screen to Time Lapse mode, which shows Hong Kong from dusk to dawn, letting you watch the changes in the sky and city lights.
3 You can set it to Fireworks mode, which allows you to see fireworks erupt over Hong Kong.
When you look through the binoculars in Normal mode, the screen will list the names of landmarks as you sweep past them. This feature makes it a lot easier for you to find buildings or sites with historical significance.
Tourists especially will be pleased with the feature, but residents, too, will appreciate it.
As soon as you step on Sky100, you're greeted by dazzling sights of Hong Kong's cityscape stretching to the horizon beneath your feet in all directions.
Small exhibits help acquaint tourists with local delicacies like mini-egg puffs and red bean rice cakes.
Helpful signs explain details of Hong Kong festivals and events, from the Cheung Chau Bun Festival to the annual Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament.
Multi-media facilities are also on hand to help visitors find their way around the city and make itineraries by using touchscreens.
You can then download the information to your smartphone.
Canto-pop superstar Aaron Kwok Fu-shing has used sweets to create the stage of his dreams at Candy Wonderland.
Kwok grew up in Hong Kong and his candy stage incorporates splendid views of Victoria Harbour as its backdrop. It is topped by a giant candy crown.
The star used more than 8,000 different kinds of sweets, including Ferrero Rocher and Japanese treats, to create his stage. Even the diamond in the middle of the crown is a giant sweet.
Kwok has now become a Candy-pop star as well as a Canto-pop one, on his sweet fantasy dream stage.
Famous local illustrator Siuhak shares his dreams in 'An Eco-Journey to a Childhood Christmas' exhibit. The work reminds us of the need to protect the environment.
A 1.5-metre-tall panda figure is displayed at Sky100. It's made up of thousands of jelly beans. With its chubby, adorable appearance, the Santa Panda is a favourite with visitors.
Lovely souvenirs are also available.