Growing old in Style – Back to Hong Kong International Airport
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- Düsseldorf airport and the most boring lounge… in the world (Lufthansa Business Lounge)
- CX376 Düsseldorf Airport to Hong Kong International Airport in Business Class
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- To Hong Kong aboard the Airport Express
- Over to Kowloon on the Star Ferry
- Exploring Kowloon
- Holiday Inn Express, Sheung Wan
- The Peak during the Evening and Night
- Riding the Ding Dings and Causeway Bay Presents “The Force Awakens”
- Mong Konk Ladies Market – or the “Hard art of haggling”
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- Back to Hong Kong International Airport
- The Pier First Class Lounge
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With some time in the morning wandering around the mid-level escalators, it was time to bring to an end this very short trip to Hong Kong.
And it was reluctant.
There are times in a trip I wish I could have extended it a few days – this was already turning into one of those trips.
Alas, as I exited the hotel, I couldn’t find a taxi – so I opted for the shuttle bus back to the airport. That was a bad idea as the bus was overloaded.
Eventually, after dropping off and picking up more passengers – the bus made its way back to Hong Kong station.
With the bus unloaded and my stuff out of the bus (with the bus driver driving off at a disgusting speed), I made my way inside and headed to the check-in desks.
Hong Kong Station has a check-in area for Airport Express passengers, where passengers can check in and drop their bags off.
With me dumping my bags at check-in and passport checked, I was issued my boarding pass for the flight home.
With that, it was a rush downstairs as a train was waiting to depart – perfect timing.
The train itself was pretty loaded for the journey back to the airport – in fact, it’s the busiest I’ve seen the Hong Kong Airport Express (normally, I travel during the evening to the airport – this is the first time I’ve travelled during the day).
Thankfully, the Airport Express does NOT hang around, with the shuttle making good time back to the airport.
As the train grew closer to the airport, the coast appeared, and the train depots – indicating we were nearing our destination.
The other major hint – was everyone queuing up to get off the train
Although I think my luggage gets away lightly when I travel. The luggage in the racks… didn’t seem to do well…
With the train arriving at the station, I disembarked and headed for the refund counter to get the credit and card from my Octopus Card. Well, it’s HK$50 I might use again.
That done, it was time to head into the terminal.
I proceeded straight to the exit controls, and after the security check – I used my eVistor clearance to exit Hong Kong quickly (and avoiding the long boarding queues).
Then I made a mistake – to walk towards the gate. That was the idiot move of the month – although I got to see a lot of planes…
The walk did me good (although my back would complain about it – thankfully there was a flat-bed waiting for me on the plane) as I headed towards the gate – and checking my lounge invitation – I was cleared to enter The Pier.
Conveniently, the London flight would be departing from the gate next to The Pier. That would be good news… mainly for my back.
After all the walking, I found my destination – The Pier.
Next: The Pier!
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