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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2798 times:

I'm in Hong Kong right now, and it looks like I will be spending the weekend, and will have Sunday free to go shoot some photos.

I found that there is an official photo site, depicted here, but it looks like it is a couple of miles away from the nearest runway centerline - not much help with only a 300mm lens.



Can anyone tell me where I can go? Assume that I'll take a taxi to the location, And have to find one for the way back.

Thanks,

Charles

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User currently offlineSia jubilee From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 145 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

Hi Charles,

First, I have to say welcome to Hong Kong.
And I want to ask which "offical photo site" you were looking on??????
That spot is NOT an offical spot. It is a small hill.
I think 500mm is "at lease".
Here attached a map of CLK.
I have marked four spots for you.
For 25L/25R/07R. You just need 100mm(777-300) to 200mm(737).
The bridge for 25L need around 250mm to 400mm.
For 07L, 300mm to 500mm.
The weather will become cooler from today (7Feb). (mainly Northern wind) And RWY 25 was used in this afternoon due to Northwestern wind.
Hopeful this is using RWY 25. (25R/07L for landing passenger flights, (25L/07R) for landing cargo and all departures)
But if unfortunately there is using 07L. ..Touch wood.
You will need to go to the Hanger side by bus S52 from Tung Chung MTR bus terminus.

Best Wishes,
Alan




User currently offlineSia jubilee From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 145 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

For 25L/25R, you can take MTR to Tung Chung Station.
Than transfer to the bus S1/S64 to the spot.
For the bridge, you can take S63.
For 07L/07R. you can take S52.


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2638 times:
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Hi Alan

Thanks for posting the map as it's the best I have seen for spotting/photography locations  Smile

I have downloaded it for myself as........quite possibly.......I am planning to visit Hong Kong and Guangzhou with another forum member!

This will not be till about November 2002. I know the weather is good in Hong Kong around that time. Visited Kai Tak, November 1995 and 1997 and lots of sun  Smile

But I really miss Kai Tak  Crying

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Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Gary Watt


Regards
Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland



User currently offlineChris28_17 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1439 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2631 times:

Hey i dont remember how to post pictures like that into a post. I used to search archived posts in the non-av. forum but now i cant find the code anymore.. if you guys could give me the html code i would be very thankful!

sorry, i dont mean to change the topic, in fact i saved the picture as well for possible future reference.. its very nice..

thanks!

CHRIS



User currently offlineKasing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2642 times:

Hi,

There are sample photos and locations list on my URL :

http://w3.to/kasing

Of course there is no IGS approach in Chek Lap Kok and I also miss the IGS in Kai Tak

Enjoy spotting,

Kasing


User currently offlineSia jubilee From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 145 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

Dear Gary and all,

I can scan for you a larger one of the map and some tips as well.
Will do the scans as latest as the coming weekend.

Chris, you can simple to type this tag:
( replace the symbol " with < or > )
"img src=http://xxxxxxxx.jpg"

Cheers,
Alan


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
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Hi Alan

No rush for the scan of the map as i have pleny of time to make my mind up if I am coming over or not.

Regards
Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

Thanks guys for the input.

Sia jubilee, thanks for the map - much better than any I've see of the airport. I think the spot you mentioned for 25R would be the easiest to get to, as it is closest to the main airport entrance, and it is south of the centerline, so the sun would be behind me the whole day.

Is 25R frequently used? Which are the most commonly used runways? Does security bug you at 25R?

Thanks,

Charles


User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2598 times:

Since a cold front has just moved over HKG, with winds generally from the north, I'd say it's 50/50 as to whether 07 or 25 will be used. It all depends on whether the wind around the airport is more to the NE or the NW. As mentioned earlier, the north runway (25R/07L) is used almost exclusively for passenger flights landings, while the south runway (25L/07R) handles cargo flights landings and all takeoffs. If you have an airband radio with you, tune into 128.2 for ATIS.

Beside spotters, the area around that 25R spot is also rather popular with local sport fishermen, as I see dozens of them around everytime I go there. In fact, the shoreline of the entire airport island (except for the north side which is within the restricted area) always seems to be "teeming" with fishermen on the weekends!! As for security, I've yet to see them bother anyone at that spot.

If 25 is in use and the weather is fine this coming weekend, you might see me there.

Cheers,
Gordon


User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6597 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

SIA Jubilee,

Apparently, according to the AA, the hill is the official site to watch planes from. I know it's crazy, but it's true!!! The path has not even been made at the bottom, so you have to walk through the tall grass and trees just to get to the steps going up!!!!


User currently offlineMudozvon From Russia, joined Nov 1999, 88 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2587 times:

Hello!
I'll go to HK this April. Thanks a lot for all the information - it's absolutely essential!

With regards,
Faerberg Leonid


User currently offlineSia jubilee From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 145 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2601 times:

Cx Flyboy,

Yes, those guys of Hong Kong Airport Authority so stupid.

Alan


User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

Hey folks, that "official" spot isn't too bad really..........as long as the HKAA is willing to supply us free-of-charge with 600mm lenses and a free chopper ride to the top of the hill!!!  Big thumbs up

Gordon


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

I'll be there on Sunday, most of the day I hope. Look for a blond, blue-eyed guy (not too many in Hong Kong) who could lose a little weight  Smile/happy/getting dizzy with a black leather briefcase and a Canon. I suppose I'll go to 25R.

See you there, I hope

Charles


User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2560 times:

Charles,

You might also want to consider going to the 07 spot, as there is currently quite a bit of wind blowing from the east or northeast. If the runways 07 are in use, that 25R spot is pretty much useless.........unless you're interested in fishing!!

G.


User currently offlineSoundtrack From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

Hong Kong is difficult place now to really do any serious viewing.

I am there, so I should know. All the locations mentioned are really it, too bad we lost Kai Tak.

Doug


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

Well, I got skunked on this trip. I went out to the airport on Sunday. When I left the city it was nice and sunny - by the time I got to the airport it had clouded up. It was way too hazy to take pictures in flight, so I walked around to see if there was somewhere to take taxiway pictures, but no joy. I walked around the entire airport - from the place on the map marked 25R all the way to 7L/R. Not so much as a 2 inch chink in the fence, except for a couple of places that were far enough from the action that the haze stopped me from doing anything.

Did see a couple of interesting things, like the El Al 747-400.

Today, Monday, I'm in the office and it is a relatively clear and sunny day.  Sad

Life of a spotter...

Charles


User currently offlineSia jubilee From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 145 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2536 times:

Hi Charles,

I agree with you. Today (Monday) so.......xxxx sunny.
Just like last week. Cloudy until Sunday but the sun came out on Monday.
So I haven't gone to there.
There is a month I haven't been to the airport.
By the way, runway changed from 07 to 25 at around 1400 hrs yesterday (Sunday).
Haven't you met "N949WP" or any local spotter but not me?

Cheers,
Alan


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

Alan,

I met one, who's name was Chris if I remember right, down at the HEACO end. Is that him?

Charles


User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2529 times:

Charles,

Were you at one end of that HAECO pier (where all the fishermen were) talking to a fellow dressed in white? I was on the other end of the pier, standing high on the rocks by myself, and I noticed you walking all the way out. Did you really walk back to the 25R spot??? My oh my, that'd be one heck of a long walk!!!

G.


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

Yep, That was me. I walked from 25R to the terminal, and caught a bus to 7R/L via Tung Chung. I skirted the fence the whole way back to the terminal. I saw a guy on the rocks with a camera, from the bus I took from Tung Chung.

Walking back was not the greatest idea, but I kept going thinking there had to be a chink in the fence at some interesting point. I found one near the terminal, but got chased away, and another one between the government hanger and the cargo area, but I did not have my camera out more than 15 seconds before some guy was coming at me saying "No cameras!"

Seeing today's lousy weather makes me feel a bit better, unlike yesterday  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Cheers,

Charles

P.S. The day wasn't a total waste. As I was walking down 7R, I found myself in a descent position to catch a cargo 747 landing there. I'll post it soon if it comes out (I really got it at the last second as it came up behind me.)

C.


User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 22, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2523 times:
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Hi all

Charles...........you mean to say that no-one came to say hello to you?

Now if you were in my country, everyone would stop to say hello and to ask you where you were from.

So, come to Scotland and I'll buy you some Haggis to eat while you shoot  Smile

Regards
Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland


User currently offlineSia jubilee From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 145 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2526 times:

Hi Charles,

sorry that I was not there in CLK because I have to present a meeting on that day.
Well. when will you leave HKG?
I may go to CLK on both Saturday and Sunday.

I must say hi to you.
And probably introduce more of my friends to you.

Alan


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

Alan,

I'm leaving on Thursday night. Unfortunately I won't have any more time to do any spotting, as I will be busy tomorrow and Thursday. I do have a little time on thursday evening before I head back to Zurich. Will you be around Wanchai that evening?

You can drop me a line at 2588 1234, room 3311.

Gary,

Thanks for the invitation, but I hope you don't mind if I skip the Haggis  Smile/happy/getting dizzy. I've been thinking of taking my family to Scotland someday. What's the best time of year for it?

Charles


25 Granite : Hi all Charles, Wanchai is nice in the evening. I spent forever looking for Suzy Wong! I think Scotland is the only country in the world that you can
26 Post contains images Sia jubilee : Dear Charles, I will at the reception at around 1900hrs. I bring today a back pack. I think you should find me at that moment. One of my friend may go
27 Post contains images Cfalk : Well, I'm back in Geneva. Got skunked again in Zurich on the way back. Beautiful, sunny weather was forecasted, so I delayed my ongoing flight so I co
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