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The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

September 8th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Traditional Chinese: 香港會議展覽中心; often abbreviated as HKCEC or 會展) is a convention and exhibition venue in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island, the business hub of Hong Kong. Built along the Victoria Harbour, it is linked by covered walkways to nearby hotels and commercial buildings.

The original building was built on reclaimed land off Gloucester Road in 1988. The glass curtain was the world's largest at the time, overlooking the Victoria Harbour on three sides.

The second phase of the centre, located on an artificial island, was constructed from 1994 to 1997, and features a bird-like rooftop (also referred to as a turtle by some critics). It is connected to the old phase with an atrium link - a sky bridge, and to Convention Road with two road bridges. The project took only 48 months from reclamation to completion, which is extremely fast for a building project of this size. The main constructor of the extension was a joint venture named Hip Hing Construction Co Ltd Dragages et Travaux Publics. The atrium link will be rebuilt and expanded.

The complex's construction was financed by New World Development, with the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, Grand Hyatt and Harbour View Apartments on top of it.

The HKCEC has a total internal exhibition area of more than 28,000 square metres with 16-metre headroom and spans ranging from 26 m to 81 m. Its multi-curved steel roof has a total area of 40,000 m², while the 7,000 m² fully glazed main entrance foyer has a clear headroom of about 60 metres.

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