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Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong

Sidestepping the problem of land constrains, the Hong Kong International Airport rests on the artificially created island of Chek Lap Kok, an island in the western waters of Hong Kong that used to house fishing villages. Don’t get confused should locals refer to the airport as Chek Lap Kok Airport, its colloquial name. They do so to distinguish Hong Kong International from its predecessor, the closed Kai Tak Airport.

Hong Kong International includes two passenger terminals and concourses to accommodate the growing number of travellers using its facilities. Terminal 1 is one of the world’s largest passenger terminals in the world while Terminal 2 houses a large business and entertainment called the Skyplaza..

Getting around the airport is simple and convenient thanks to the clear signage, moving walkways, and the automated people mover, which serves T1, T2, and the SkyPier ferry terminal located in the Skyplaza. There is a shuttle service provided to ferry travellers between the North Satellite Concourse and T1 every four minutes.

The airport is extremely well connected to the city, giving visitors numerous options to choose from. You can choose to take the Airport Express that boasts a speedy journey of 24 minutes to reach Central or public buses that serve most of the city-state.  Hotel coaches are also available for you to get to and from the airport and can be arranged with either the coach provider or your hotel.

Taxis are a fast and flexible option especially if you’re short on time but do take note that taxis in Hong Kong are colour-coded according to their operating areas. A safe bet would be the red urban taxis that serve all destinations throughout Hong Kong including the airport. However, do check with the driver before you board to prevent misunderstandings! 

A good way to beat the ache from cramped seats in the plane and the drudgery of travel is the Lantau Trail just 7.4 km from the airport. The hiking trail is well marked with camping locations, if one is looking for a spot to rest. Don’t let the 70km distance of the trail put you off, it is extremely doable if you are willing to take it slow over a few days. You will be rewarded with a stunning view of the coastline, sea and the Big Buddha at Ngong Ping.

A less strenuous option would be taking the Ngong Ping 360 cable car up to Ngong Ping Cultural Village. On your way up, you will get a spectacular bird’s eye view of Airport Island, the South China Sea and the landscape of Lantau Islandm, all without having to break out into sweat.

If you’re looking to snag a couple of good deals, you definitely have to head to Citygate Outlets, an outlet mall1.8 km from the airport. The mall houses more than 80 international brand names, all offering year-round discounts of 30% to 70%, making it perfect for last-minute shopping or your first stop in Hong Kong!

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