Originally Posted by Pellethie
Phallic symbols ?
As the race for the biggest erection has in recent years been between Arab and Chinese owners there maybe something in that. Interestingly, the Italians and the French who do not seem to have a problem with their manhood, are not so keen on shoving things up in the air.
If there is any truth to this theory one could look at the situation in Hong Kong from the 1930s to 1980s
In 1935 the 19th century gentleman' club-style Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Building was replaced with the Colony's first skyscraper ( see below). It was built on a plot right next to the (Beijing owned) Bank of China Building.
The Bank of China then built a skycraper right next door that was one story higher.
HKSB then added a terrace on their top floor , slightly overshadowing the Chinese. The Bank of China then added a column on their building topped by a flagpole. The years until the outbreak of WW2 then saw a battle of the flagpoles, each putting upo a taller one than the people next door.
In 1985 HKSB built then then,most expensive building in the world, massively dwarfing the nondescript Bank of China building next door ( see image 2--the Bank of China Building is the piddly pile on the left).
When China retaliated in 1988 they built what was for a short time the tallest building in Asia-- a good case of "look how big mine is!"
1936 Hong Kong Bank
1985 Hongkong bank
1988 Bank of China Building