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Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Sun May 06, 2001 6:31 pm

Ok - I need help from one of you Hong Kong people.

On Tuesday I need to get from Chep Lap Kok Airport to the American Airlines ticket offices at the Peninsula Tower in Tsimshatsui and back within 4 hours.

What is the fastest and not overly expensive way of getting this done? I figure Airport Express to Central and then subway to Tsimshatsui, but I am open to suggestions.

Also, what is the deal with the Airport Express pricing? It confuses the hell out of me.
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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Mon May 07, 2001 1:03 am

Well, you've basically figured out the speediest way of getting from the airport to Tsimshatsui. I'm not sure how familiar you are with the MTR network in Hong Kong, but note that switching from the Airport Express (AE) line to the regular commuter line at Central will involve quite a bit of walking. As for the pricing deal, since I never took the AE unless I'm flying, I'm not that certain about what their latest deal is. I believe some of their deals are actually customized to attract local people using the popular "Octopus" electronic stored-value pass system, which means they might not benefit you.

Apart from switching trains at Central, you can also get off the AE train at "Kowloon" station. They have a number of free shuttle bus routes from there that can take you to various hotels in the area, including the Peninsular (the hotel and the office tower is on the same site). When you're done with your business, you can take the next shuttle bus back to Kowloon station and the AE back to the airport. The catch is that the shuttle bus frequency is about once every 20 minutes, and it probably will stop at various hotels before arriving at your destination.

Another alternative is to take the Airport bus no. A21, which takes you all the way to Tsimshatsui. This is actually the most direct way of getting there, and cheaper than the AE too. The catch is that the bus runs almost the entire length of Nathan Road, the major north-south thoroughfare in Kowloon, where traffic can be horrendous at certain times of the day.

Anyway, 4 hours sounds quite sufficient for what you want to do.

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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Mon May 07, 2001 1:36 am

Thanks!  Smile

Im probably gonna take Airport Express to Kowloon and then a cab to the Peninsular.
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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Mon May 07, 2001 1:37 am

4 hours? Do you mean 4 hours including passing through customs and getting your luggage? I think it is too tight...
but anyway, you could try this:
Take the Airport Express to Kowloon Station(around 20 minutes), take a taxi to Peninsula Hotel(beware of the traffic! It may take quiet a lot of time). Do what you need to do at AA(that's actually CX office), then take a taxi back to Kowloon Station and back @ the airport.
 
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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Mon May 07, 2001 2:27 am

Thats 4 hrs including customs, luggage, go to AA, get ticket reissued, return to airport, check-in and leave for LAX.

I know its tight.
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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Mon May 07, 2001 10:33 am

Can't you do the ticket re-issue thing at the CX ticket counter at the departure level of the airport? With CX and AA in OneWorld, the arrangements should be more convenient than the one you mentioned!!  Confused

By the way, what time of the day are we speaking of here?

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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Mon May 07, 2001 1:28 pm

Best guess is 80 minutes mininum total journey time using the AEL and the taxi at KLN station and back. Of course, the heavy traffic in Tsim Sha Tsui would add to that and the time spent inside the AA office. Extremely tight.

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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Mon May 07, 2001 1:58 pm

4 hours are too tight, I agree.

CX / AA are truly in "Onew World" ... you can make use of that and solve your ticket problem directly at the Airport.
 
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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Mon May 07, 2001 2:23 pm

God, man! What kind of ticketing mess did you get yourself in? If I were you I would have just taken a different flight/airline!
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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Mon May 07, 2001 4:26 pm

Good Luck to you B747-437B!!!!!!!!!!! let's hope the traffic in TST won't be too bad on that day....
do you really have to go to their office to get things sort out???? can't you do it in the airport????

btw.....where is Kowloon Station???? (dun laugh at me ok?????....i live in HK island)

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CX - Next Stop: Kowloon Station

Mon May 07, 2001 5:42 pm

Cathay Pacific :

Kowloon Station ... please take the MTR tonight and check it out ... I think it is the red line, starting at one station BEFORE Royal Edward ...

Whaw, I lived in HKG '85 to '87 ... and was there last year NOV, you think I remember the MTR lanes ???

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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Mon May 07, 2001 6:38 pm

Cathay Pacific,

Kowloon Station of the MTR Tung Chung Line / Airport Express is right next to the Kowloon-side entrance of the Western Harbour Tunnel. Also right next door to it is that golf driving-range (the City Golf Club). Now don't tell me you have no idea of where that is either!!  Nuts

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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Mon May 07, 2001 6:38 pm

err.......i mean the Kowloon Station of the Airport Express......where is it located????
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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Tue May 08, 2001 10:25 am

Same place as N949WP described! The Tung Cheung Lnie and the AEL station's in the same building!

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RE: Urgent : Need HKG Help!

Thu May 10, 2001 12:19 pm

Thanks for help and advice. Fortunately, I was able to get the reticketing done by a GSA for AA in DEL, so that spared me the trip into town during my layover.
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