the building resembles bamboo shoots, symbolizing livelihood and prosperity in Feng Shui. A b c d "International Commerce Centre". Officially Amazing Guinness World Records. Bank of China Tower 367 (1,205) 221645.00N 1140941.00E /.2791667N 114.1613889E /.2791667; 114.1613889 (Bank of China Tower) First building outside of the United States to rise taller than 305 m (1,001 ft) in height. The building signifies the eastern expansion of Hong Kong's central business district. It was built as the second phase of the International Finance Centre commercial development. The Central Plaza was also the tallest building in Asia from 19, surpassed by Shun Hing Square in Shenzhen. Designed by the famed British architect Norman Foster, the building took seven years to complete, and is noted as being the most expensive building in the world at completion at HK5.2 billion (US668 million) in 1985. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. Landscape and Urban Planning. A b c "Grand Promenade". Table entry without text indicate that one or more of the following information regarding building heights, floor counts and/or year of completion has not yet been released.