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Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:04 pm

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?
 
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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:55 pm

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?

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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:06 pm

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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Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:15 pm

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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:55 pm

There's a long running topic over at SkyScraperCity:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...&highlight=kai+tak+cruise+terminal

Latest photos...

By chopa from a Hong Kong photography forum:
http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/chopa304/B%20and%20W/DPP_501072-1.jpg

http://i818.photobucket.com/albums/zz109/chopa304/B%20and%20W/DPP_501073-1.jpg

The terminal is another Foster+Partners...

http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Projects/1843/Default.aspx *

* Images from: http://plusmood.com/2011/04/kai-tak-...terminal-building-foster-partners/

http://plusmood.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Kai-Tak-Cruise-Terminal_Foster_pM-1.jpg

http://plusmood.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Kai-Tak-Cruise-Terminal_Foster_pM-2.jpg

http://plusmood.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Kai-Tak-Cruise-Terminal_Foster_pM-3.jpg

http://plusmood.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Kai-Tak-Cruise-Terminal_Foster_pM-4.jpg

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.
 
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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:56 pm

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.  

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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:03 pm

Took this earlier this month

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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:00 pm

It will become Hong Kong International Cruise Terminal, scheduled to be opened in 2014 IIRC.

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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:31 pm

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).
 
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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:41 pm

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?

I'll be in Hong Kong 8/18 - 8/21. Want to share a cab???
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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:55 am

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!
 
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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:16 pm

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.
 
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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:56 am

Quoting windowflyer (Reply 9):
I'll be in Hong Kong 8/18 - 8/21. Want to share a cab???

PM me sounds like a plan... going to have a full cab,    meeting a number of my aviation geek/airline friends there.  

Thanks everyone for all the great info! I'm looking forward to my first trip to Asia!

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RE: Current State Of Kai Tak (What's Left Of It)

Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:02 am

Bus is easier and gets you closer than the MTR. Route 5C or 21 should do it from Hung Hom MTR station.
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