CX is using the 74B, with the old business class seats. These airplanes do not feature StudioCX, which is CX
's on demand audio and video entertainment system (which is excellent). Through August, this flight is operating, at least on some days, with the A340-600, or so I'm told (I have not verified this independently).
If you are in F or J class, you will access to the JAL Sakura Lounge in SFO
. It is a very basic lounge, with few amenities. I would not arrive early just to use this facility.
I often take this flight connecting on AA
as its 4:30 AM
eastern time departure pretty much guarantees that I will be out cold for the bulk of the flight.
I wrote a detailed trip report about this flight in First Class, which is posted on the trip report board on this site.
As for HKG
, it is an amazing city that offers plently for a tourist to do. These are my top attractions:
1. Star Ferry (runs from Central and Wan Chai to Kowloon and offers a great view of the skyline and Victoria Harbor -- splurge and go first class, it only costs a little over US$1.00)
2. Victoria Peak (highest point on Hong Kong Island, offers a great view of the city and the more rural areas on the other side -- take the funicular railroad up to the top)
3. Nathan Road (shopping area on Kowloon, focusing on electronics, which are very cheap)
4. Hollywood Road (shops specializing in Chinese antiquities -- very expensive, but fun for window shopping)
5. Hong Kong Art Musuem (located on Kowloon, contains an excellent collection of Chinese art)
6. Macau (former Portuguese colony that makes a great day trip from HKG
, take the high speed ferry to get there)
7. The Back Side of Hong Kong Island (the communities of Stanley, Shek-O and Aberdeen offer an interesting contrast to the main part of Hong Kong, offers nice views of the South China Sea as well)
8. Dim Sum (a Catonese dining tradition, better with a large crowd, but still fun for an individual)
9. Lantau Island (a rural island connected to Hong Kong by a ferry, famous for the Po-Lin monestary and its large sitting Buddha, Lantau is next to Chep Lap Kok island, where the airport is located)
10. Custom-made suits (Hong Kong tailors specialize in custom made suits for a fraction of what they would cost in New York, London, etc., excellen craftsmanship and will be done in days -- or hours if need be)
I have stayed in the following hotels:
1. Regal HongKong Hotel (five star property in Causeway Bay, which is often available on Hotels.com for US$99/night, maybe even cheaper now)
2. Conrad International Hotel (part of Hilton chain, very nice upscale property with great views, located in Admiralty above the Pacific Place mall)
3. Sheraton Hong Kong (decent hotel located in Kowlooon that is undergoing a renovation, Harbor view rooms offer great views of the Harbor and Central)
A popular and cheaper option is the Salibury YMCA, which is located next to the venerable Penninsula Hotel in a prime location on the tip of the Kowloon Penninsula. Not at all like a YMCA, it is basically a hotel with decent prices.
Enjoy Hong Kong. It is a wonderful city.