IMO, the problem with Hong Kong is that the building designs often look really rushed, and built with whatever design feature seemed trendy at the time. More often than not, they don't seem to age well with time, and stick up like sore thumbs in the middle of HK
's skyline. For example, some of the newer, and more well known buildings in Hong Kong:
The Center is quite bad, looks a bit tacky with all the angular protrusions. The gold windows don't help either.
Central Plaza looks even worse, looks like it was designed to hang of some rich woman's ear.
The Lippo Centre was cool when it came out, but as time moved on, it is starting to show it's age. Though to give it due, I still think it is quite unique.
The Bank of China building, by far, is seemingly the best design out of them all. It's won a few awards, and to this day, still looks like it was built yesterday. It is simple, elegant, and for a while, was a worthy symbol of the HK
skyline, along with the HSBC building. The ones above haven't been, and probably never will.
In any case, the HK skyline now is cluttered with designs which date back from the mid 80's to early 90's, most of them now look incongruous and bland. Though perhaps because I've seen them on and off for most of my life, perhaps my opinions will be different from some of yours.
[Edited 2003-09-06 06:22:58]