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HKG-SIN On CX (With Pictures)  
User currently offlineSQNo1 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 686 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 8903 times:

Hello Everyone,

Before reading my return journey between Hong Kong & Singapore, I give you the opportunity to read the trip report from the outbound journey I took, through the link given below.

SIN-HKG On CX (With Pictures) (by SQNo1 Dec 23 2006 in Trip Reports)




Monday 24th July 2006

Three days in Hong Kong was a great experience, and I wouldn't hesitate in going there again. The only thing that I would do differently is that I would make a short excursion to Shenzen and the reason that we didn't on this occasion was because of the hassle of gaining visas for entry into mainland China.

The hotel that we stayed in was of excellent quality, the Majestic Hotel in Nathan Road in Kowloon, right in the middle of the popular tourist areas of Mong Kok and Tsim Tsa Shui. A personal recommendation for a good night's sleep there from me!  Smile

On the Saturday, we were on a half day city tour, included in the total cost of the package. Places that we visited included Repulse Bay, Aberdeen Fishing Village, plus the usual tourist traps were people can buy that fiddly crap and of course a visit of the stunning views from Victoria Peak.

The rest of the trip was spent at our leisure, where we also visited the Mong Kok Ladies Market, the light show from the skyscrapers of Hong Kong island and also took part in the madness that is the City Hall Maxim's Palace Dim Sum restaurant. It was bloody good though!  yummy . Here are a few photos from our visit.

The shops and the crowds around the centre of Causeway Bay.


Mong kok ladies market.


Nathan Road, Kowloon.


Repulse Bay.


The stunning view from Victoria Peak.



It was such a shame though that it all had to end. We checked pout of the hotel at around 10am, although the transfer bus would not pick us up until 1pm.

With three hours to kill, we went for one final look around Tsim Sha Tsui, then we went to the hotel for their buffet lunch. To say that I had quite a lot to eat was an understatement. It included two portions of chicken and beef rice, fish ball noodle, cheesecake and more goodies, once again excellent and at only 95HKD.

The bus was slightly behind schedule, didn't really matter though as we left still over three hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight. As we arrived at the airport around 45 minutes later, the heat was really searing as we went to one of the many rows of Cathay Pacific check in desks.

The evening before we went to a internet cafe to try and check in for the flight, sadly however the system was not available. (Is that the case for all Cathay Pacific flights out of Hong Kong?)

As we went to the desk, we were greeted by a friendly lady, when we said that our destination was SIN, she asked for evidence to show that we had an onward flight booking. Guess what, nothing. I told her that if there was access to a computer, I could show her the booking that we had with EK on www.checkmytrip.com. She declined the offer.

The only other option apart from to be denied boarding was to sign a form that basically said that if me, my brother and his friend were refused entry into Singapore, that Cathay Pacific would not be responsible for nay costs in the transport for going back to Hong Kong. I obviously took that option. (My mother was fine as she is a Singaporean passport holder.) One copy was taken by the supervisor and the other was stapled to our boarding passes, they were taken from us at the gate.

Cathay Pacific Check In Desks At HKG.



Now before any member starts on me, I would like to say that in hindsight I should have carried some details, even though the national carrier of Singapore didn't ask us for any details in both Beijing and Taipei.

Following check in we went straight through to departures, probably a bit shocked about what had happened at the desk. We decided to go our separate ways and meet back at the gate. I used the one hour spare to look around the departure terminal, get something to drink, and take some images.

Food court and shopping areas, before going down the escalator to Immigration.



Cathay Pacific Flight: CX 711

From: Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok, China (HKG)
To: Singapore Changi (SIN)
Scheduled Departure - 16:15
Actual Departure From Gate 24 - 16:13
Takeoff From Runway 7R - 16:33
Scheduled Arrival - 19:55
Actual Arrival On Runway 20R - 19:40
Arrival At Gate D44 - 19:48

Seat 61H, AISLE SEAT  Sad

Aircraft Type: Boeing 777-367
Registration: B-HNI
First Flight On 17th March 1999, Delivery To Cathay Pacific Airways 25th March 1999




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I had plenty of time and funny looks from other passengers whilst taking images, there was plenty of activity on the aprons during this time of the day.

Boeing 747-400 of Cathay Pacific, heading to SFO at the same time as my flight as CX 872.


Another CX 744 departing at 16:15, this time to LAX as CX 882.


BA 747 basking in the haze during the day, before heading to LHR in the late evening.


The plane that I will be travelling on later.


Empty boarding lounge for a KA flight to PVG.


EVA Air's eldest 747-400 B-16465 is just about to push back as BR870 to TPE.


B-18305 (Airbus A330-300) of China Airlines, running late, heading to KHH.


D-AIGR "Leipzig" will operate back to MUC in the night.



At this point I decided to walk right down to the point where the main departure level splits into two separate areas, and grab a drink from a cafe there. At that point a representative from TG asked me if I was travelling on the flight to ICN, she said that they were missing one passenger and that he had two minutes to show or they would go without him.

Area in the middle of the departure hall.


Looking down the hall.


Air Canada Airbus A340-500 queuing to take off, back to YYZ.



After finishing a drink, I headed back down to the gate, not before taking a couple of more pictures where a long line had formed creeping to the middle of the corridor. There was a separate line for the Business class passengers, which was non-existent. My mum and the other two were nowhere to be seen, in fact, they were stuck in a queue at Starbucks!

Eventually they all came back with the usual overpriced junk you get form there, handed over boarding cards and walked down the bridge to the aircraft.

Sadly this aircraft was in the same configuration as the outward flight, which meant that the Studio CX system was not AVOD. Before pushback we were handed hot towels and were distributed menus.

Air India VT-EYW.


Cathay Pacific A330-300, about to depart to NGO.


The economy line before our departure.



We pushed back a couple of minutes ahead of the schedule and went on the long taxi towards the northern runway which would take us back towards the city. Whilst going by I saw a Virgin Atlantic A340-600 that was parked up on a remote stand. This might have been the one that had an incident a few days previous, but can somebody clarify this.





Following take off, where we climbed towards an altitude of 34000 feet, we turned slightly towards the left to hug the coast of China for a short period of time. We were then offered something to drink, where I had a glass of orange juice.

Here was what was available to eat on the flight.

Dinner Service On The Flight

Starter

Chicken & Sweet corn Salad

Main Courses

Braised Fish Fillet With Preserved Olive and Vegetable Steamed Rice plus Assorted Vegetables(Created By The Chefs Of Yung Kee Restaurant, Hong Kong To Celebrate The 60th Anniversary Of Cathay Pacific Airways.)

Baked Chicken Breast With Tomato & Mushroom Sauce, Roasted New Potato Wedges, Carrot Parisienne and Broccoli

Dessert

Magnum Ice Cream



Chicken Dinner. Another excellent meal from Cathay Pacific.



This was probably the first time ever where I ate everything that was handed over to me, everything was of excellent quality and kept me filled for the rest of the flight. After the main courses we were all given a small Magnum ice cream, no complaints, just excellent.

Cabin following dinner service.



Trays were cleared, and then immigration forms were handed out. Once again I screwed mine up and asked for another copy. The cabin crew on this flight I believe were not as good as on the way, the lady assigned to the section of the plane that I was sat in, by the name of Jessica, was friendly in the tone of her voice, but never once produced a smile.  Sad

I then went through the entertainment system and there was an episode of Top Gear that I saw. What pissed me off though was the fact my two seatmates kept wanting to move and since the entertainment system was not AVOD, I missed quite a bit of the programming.



Decent started about thirty minutes before the scheduled arrival, and it took place quite quickly, catching those out who wanted to use the toilet, who were very forcefully sent back to their seats by the crew (more so than any other airline than I have travelled on).

We landed in thick clouds fifteen minutes ahead of schedule from the north, and taxiing took another ten minutes before we arrived at the gate.

Cathay Pacific do provide an excellent product in parts, if only the seating was improved and the in flight entertainment was upgraded. I think really to get the full experience of the airline, I should fly on a intercontinental flight, or on one of their Airbus A330s. As mentioned earlier I felt that the crew were not as friendly as on the outbound flight, but better than my experiences of flying within Europe.

CX 711 - 24/07/06
7/10

Comments and questions are very much appreciated! Big grin

With Regards,
Alex.B  wave 

REPORT COMING SOON: SIN-DXB-BHX On Emirates

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User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 11 hours ago) and read 8673 times:

thanks for the report.. glad you enjoyed your stay in the world's best city, or should i say asia's world city! i enjoyed the pix of quintessential hk.. the weather looks really nice though that doesn't surprise me because it was as well when i was there a couple of weeks ago.

personally, i find nathan road a bit of a tourist ghetto so try to avoid it but mongkok and yau ma tei are amazing.. you just have to know what you want. i know the view from the peak is stunning but you can be almost as high on the 60-something floor of 2 ifc in central.. it's the hq of hkma (monetary authority).

Quoting SQNo1 (Thread starter):
fiddly crap

crap??! i love that stuff  goodvibes 

Quoting SQNo1 (Thread starter):
The evening before we went to a internet cafe to try and check in for the flight, sadly however the system was not available. (Is that the case for all Cathay Pacific flights out of Hong Kong?)

no

Quoting SQNo1 (Thread starter):
At that point a representative from TG asked me if I was travelling on the flight to ICN, she said that they were missing one passenger and that he had two minutes to show or they would go without him.

this happens a lot at hkia.. there are girls with sign boards all over the place.

Quoting SQNo1 (Thread starter):
Chicken Dinner. Another excellent meal from Cathay Pacific.

cx y meals always look really yummy!  yummy 

Quoting SQNo1 (Thread starter):

Cathay Pacific do provide an excellent product in parts, if only the seating was improved and the in flight entertainment was upgraded. I think really to get the full experience of the airline, I should fly on a intercontinental flight, or on one of their Airbus A330s.

the y product is very inconsistent in terms of seating and really needs to be upgraded to avod. if you're interested in the variants of y-class seating, check this out.. http://www.cathaytalk.com/showthread.php?t=731

in f and j, studiocx is excellent (avod) although it is only available on 744s 346s, 343s and some 333s. the 777s and regional 333s do not have avod at all. if you want the full 'experience' i would try the 346s.



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User currently offlineAGD From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 11 hours ago) and read 8623 times:

Hello Alex,

Fantastic "photo report". Those scenes from Hong Kong, especially Mongkok and The Peak, make me want to go back to this place as soon as possible!

Enjoyed your photos from Hong Kong CLK airport as well. It shows how much of a great airport it is.

Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Cheers,

Alex



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User currently offlineAA787823 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 10 hours ago) and read 8596 times:

HKG is a AWESOME city, so much energy. Its just like a great big China Town. I have flown CX several times to HKG, always a great ride!

User currently offlineEGBJ From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 498 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 8240 times:

Great trip report with some nice pictures.

Looking forward to your EK trip report.

Rich  Smile


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7940 times:
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Great report and photo's, many thanks, much apprciated.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1882 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7859 times:
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Good report! Nice pictures of Hong Kong. That is definitely a city I'd like to go to.

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User currently offlineZarniwoop From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7721 times:

Quoting SQNo1 (Thread starter):
REPORT COMING SOON: SIN-DXB-BHX On Emirates

Hi Alex, I will be interested in this one. I work in Singapore at the moment but my parents live near Leamington Spa. I normally fly SIN-AMS-BHX to get home but I was thinking of trying emirates for an upcoming trip in February. Be interesting to compare 12hrs & 1hr flight v two 6hr flights. Also, what are the loads like between DXB & BHX? Thanks......


User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7332 times:
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Excellent airplane pics and of HKG. That is one of my favorite cities. Were you ever able to get the problem resolved checking in online with CX?


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User currently offlinePatZSC From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2006, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6872 times:

Excellent report, thank you for sharing. And nice to see such a beautiful picture of Central Plaza (where my office is in)  Smile

User currently offlinePagophilus From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6839 times:

Great report. Also, you just happened to take a photo of where I bought a camera in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (first photo). Not the shop displaying Nikon, but the next one, before the money changer (the yellow sign).

User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3240 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5610 times:
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Quoting CXtra (Reply 1):
Whilst going by I saw a Virgin Atlantic A340-600 that was parked up on a remote stand. This might have been the one that had an incident a few days previous, but can somebody clarify this.

I missed that one can you elaborate please
Thanks



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