mnik101 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 173 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10919 times:
What is the current state of the former site of Kai Tak airport? There were plans for a cruise ship terminal, hotels, parks and a stadium some years ago? Has anything been built? And what are the current plans for the site?
tonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9774 times:
Im sorry I cant find them on my laptop, might already have transferred them to my hard drive but I did take a few pictures last year on approach to Chep Lap Kok. Basically you can still make out the runway but there also appears to be parkland and a golf course over parts of it! Otherwise it all seems rather undeveloped!
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WaterFrontAir (http://www.waterfrontair.com/) was meant to start seaplane operations from Kai-Tak... however having been announced just prior the Global Great Financial Crash... it has gone rather quiet, though does still have an "up to date" website. For what it's worth.
Initious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1067 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8638 times:
I personally visited the site 2 months ago and my taxi driver was very kind to drive me on the apron, taxiway and runway of the old Kai Tak Airport. It's nothing but a construction site now sadly. However, the signature checkerboard is still visible.
leftyboarder From Turkey, joined Apr 2008, 696 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5651 times:
Wow.. I know that Kowloon is not as prime as Hong Kong Island in terms of property development, but after almost 14 years of closure, I'd have expected the area to look much more urban at least. Still looking like it was closed last month (other than the cruise terminal of course).
kcljj From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2012, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5027 times:
The remnants of the runway are still visible. I swear there is still a bit of the runway tarmac left. I think there is still the odd building from the past but the main terminal and most other buildings were taken down a long time ago.
Quoting leftyboarder (Reply 8): Wow.. I know that Kowloon is not as prime as Hong Kong Island in terms of property development, but after almost 14 years of closure, I'd have expected the area to look much more urban at least. Still looking like it was closed last month (other than the cruise terminal of course).
Kai Tak has been the white elephant of Hong Kong. I think the reason was that no one could think of what to do with such a huge piece of land. When Kai Tak closed, the property developers got the go card to build more high risers around the Kowloon City area. As for the old airport, there was much debate as to what it should become. Only about 5 years ago or so did they decide on the cruise terminal.
I suspect now with the upcoming Sha Tin - Central rail line stopping at Kai Tak, the area should see more development.
Quoting foxecho (Reply 1): I'm curious about this myself, I'm flying to HKG in about six weeks and was curious how to get out to the Kai Tak site.....is there an MTR station nearby or anything?
The closest MTR would likely be Choi Hung or Kowloon Bay but it is a hell of a walk. I don't think you can access the site per se, after all it is a construction site. My best suggestion is to go to Kowloon Bay MTR and find the shuttle bus to MegaBox shopping centre and find your way to the highest floor possible. There you should be able to see quite clearly what the ex-runway looks like. Also around that area are streets named after the past such as Tristar Road and Comet Road. The old Cargo Circuit road can still be accessed as well. However, I would warn you that there isn't actually anything to do there and if the police see you, you may have to do some explaining!
jet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 877 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4510 times:
Some years ago the terminal was being used as a old car business. All the cars inside where check in used to be. A friend and I enjoyed comparing prices of all the Mercedes. That was after hitting some golf balls at the driving range at the runway's east end. We walked the length of the runway back to the terminal.