Making The Most Of Your Hong Kong Layover

Hong Kong’s Check Lap Kok International Airport is a major hub, especially for those either going to or coming from Europe/UK to Australia/New Zealand. In case you’re not aware, this is one of the longest flight journeys…over 20 hours of actual air time. This does not include any transits.

For many, the passage through the Hong Kong airport can mean waits of five, six, or even more hours for their connections. The airport does it’s best to accommodate these folks, there’s plenty of shops, restaurants, duty free…even refreshing showers to be had. I’d like to suggest something a bit more adventurous, and it’s all very easily done.

In a past blog post, (, I’ve detailed how you can find your way to visiting the world famous “Big Buddha” during your layover. However, this really only works for early AM arrivals here. What to do if you transit HK later in the day, and have hours to kill?

Let me suggest a trip to nearby Tung Chung. A short ten minutes via taxi from the airport, at the City Gate Mall, you’ll find world-class shopping at premium outlets stores such as Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Ralph Lauren, just to name a few. (

Fu Tung Mall, above.

If shopping isn’t your thing, walk onwards to Fu Tung Mall, just next door to City Gate. Here you can enjoy a more local Hong Kong experience…buy a fresh from the oven pineapple or pork bun at Tsui Wah (TW) noodle house, or a decent traditional Hong Kong Dim Sum at The Deluxe Chinese Restaurant.

Tsui Wah (TW) Restaurant, above.

Deluxe Cuisine Dim Sum Restaurant, above.

English is widely spoken here, so do not fear about communication.

HK airport provides short-term luggage storage for a small fee, and the taxi stand is conveniently located nearby in the same area so don’t just sit in the terminal…get out and experience a bit of fabulous Hong Kong, if only for a few hours!

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