VIDEO: Stunning view and decor at ICC's Ozone Bar on floor 118 (4:12)

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Our day trip to Shenzhen on Sunday, September 23 was the last scheduled event on my last day in China. As our chartered bus wound through Central Hong Kong upon our return in the evening, I suddenly realized we were on the same street as my hotel. I told the bus driver to let me off; he pulled to the curb, I bid a quick goodbye to my colleagues and stepped out onto Queen's Road Central.

7:30 p.m. It had been a warm, humid and very full day. As tired as I was, there was one piece of unfinished business left to attend. Our trip to the 108-story International Commerce Center in Kowloon the previous day had taken us only midway up the building to see office space, and this was not nearly good enough to satisfy me. I had hoped for a trip to "Sky 100", the building's observatory on the 100th floor but truly, this was not sufficient either. So after a quick stop in my hotel room, I jumped a cab to Kowloon and headed straight for Ozone Bar at ICC's very top.

Ozone Bar is part of the five-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which occupies levels 102 thru 118. Getting there requires two elevator rides, the first to the Ritz-Carlton lobby on 103 and then another elevator to 118. In truth, the top floor of ICC is 108 because there are no floor numbers ending in "4" in the building (an unlucky number in China, as 13 is unlucky in the West). It was bizarre and just way cool to see a number that high on the elevator signals.

Ozone had me mesmerized from the minute I walked in. The decor was stunning, the music and the constantly changing colors in lighting were intoxicating. For a Sunday night, the place wasn't very crowded and there was no line to get in. I easily found a seat against the outer window in Ozone's open-air rooftop terrace, facing Victoria Harbor and the spectacular skyline of Central Hong Kong. Bring me a strawberry margarita! It's one of my preferred drinks, especially if I'm having a steak. I sipped leisurely while enjoying both the view outside and the changing colors on the terrace. Above me through the open portions of the roof, the occasional cloud rolled by, illuminated by the city lights.

Ozone bills itself as the "world's tallest bar", although the at.Mosphere lounge on floor 122 of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is actually higher. I suppose the distinction is that one is a bar and the other is a lounge. at.Mosphere has been known to serve English High Tea in the afternoon. Whatever. As I drank, I awarded myself the distinction of consuming, at that particular moment, a strawberry margarita at a floor height higher than anyone else on the planet -- the world's tallest strawberry margarita. Perhaps I should have stood on my bar stool as I drank, just to be sure.

Ozone bills itself as the "world's tallest bar", although the at.Mosphere lounge on floor 122 of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is actually higher. I suppose the distinction is that one is a bar and the other is a lounge. at.Mosphere has been known to serve English High Tea in the afternoon. Whatever. As I drank, I awarded myself the distinction of consuming, at that particular moment, a strawberry margarita at a floor height higher than anyone else on the planet -- the world's tallest strawberry margarita. Perhaps I should have stood on my bar stool as I drank, just to be sure.

One strawberry margarita soon became two. This was certainly way better than the observatory.

After my drinks, I spent half an hour taking pictures and video of the lighting and amazing decor. I have spoken often during this series of articles of "incredible spaces" within some of the world's tallest buildings and I experienced a few of them during this trip. Ozone Bar is perhaps in the top three on my list.

This had been a perfect place to spend my last night in China. I left Ozone behind with great reluctance.