You can still see the landing lights being turned on at night, but no planes landing. I can see that from the rooftop of my new home.
My primary school was under the landing path of Kai Tak, so when I was small, I can hear and see planes flying pretty closely from the window of the class everyday. It was very exciting. Occationally, a 747 might fly unusually close, and the class would be disturbed as everyone tried to have a glimpse of the plane, and sometimes we might have to cover our ears.
When waiting for my schoolbus at the entrance of the school, the best entertainment for me was to wait for the planes to fly past our school. It was very exciting to hear the sound of the engines and waiting anxiously to know what plane is coming out of the tree.
I can still remember the first time seeing a 777(a CX one) flying past the window of the classroom on a rainy day; wondering why the planes use the upper surface of the wings to face us ( now I know they are doing a turn); thinking of why the UA 747s are shorter than the others (later I know it is an SP); seeing so many big black nose china airlines A300s, which I hated seeing.
I aslo wondered why when raining, planes would usually take off at our side instead of landing (it is very noisy when planes take off at our side).
I was also jealous of my frinends flat, which is just next to the school, because he can see the planes right out of their window.
Having planes flying so close is not always good. Once I wasnearly hit by a car in Kowloon city ( directly under the flight path closest to the airport) when I stopped walking in the middle of the road to look at a CX tristar soaring past right on top of me. Mum pulled me away just in time. I was surely fascinated by the planes at that time. My piano lessons were often distured by the low-flying planes regularly.
It is very difficult to explaine how close the planes were. All I can tell you is that my Aunt, who is a teacher of a school in Kowloon, RECOGNISED one of her students doing excercise at the school when she was sitting ON A PLANE!!!! landing at Kai Tak from Sydney.
The last plane to land at Kai tak that I saw, was the Ansett Australia Sydney 2000, on 6th of july 1998.I saw it when I was going down Waterloo road.
Since then Kowloon had been a lot more quiet, but really, I missed the noise of the planes.
Anyways now I can see planes from my own room, though very far away.