Soft drink bottling plants usually are huge, cavernous structures stretching out horizontally across the landscape.

But in Hong Kong - where land space is at a premium - these facilities take on a skyscraper mold.The colony boasts two of the world's tallest soft drink plants. One is a 17-story plant in Quarry Bay amidst hundreds of apartment houses in Hong Kong's northern area. The second is a new 18-story facility in the eastern New Territories neighborhood of Shatin.

Located on a 53,000-square-foot site, the plant has more than 780,000 feet of usable space.

In addition to producing carbonated and non-carbonated brands well-known in the United States, the plants also bottle such Far East favorites as melon and coconut-flavored soya milk, lemon tea and a well-known local mineral water.