You’ve booked your European trip of a lifetime, your bags are packed and you can’t wait for your plane to touch down in Heathrow. But there’s one thing you’ve overlooked – what to do during your 6-hour stopover in Hong Kong.
There’s nothing worse than sitting in a cramped gate-lounge seat, trying to while away the time to your next flight. So, here are our top tips for getting the most out of that often-wasted time between flights.
Give yourself plenty of time
To avoid an Amazing Race-style sprint for your connecting flight at Hong Kong, book a flight with plenty of stopover time. Cathay Pacific is one of the world’s top airlines with countless flight options to London via Hong Kong. Head to their website for stopover options.
Stretch your legs
Hong Kong is a world leader in passenger entertainment. If you’ve got a few hours to spare, take a quick walk to one of the airport’s many attractions.
- Aeroplane-crazy kids can check out the Aviation Discovery Centre, with plane-cabin simulator, aircraft model exhibit and rooftop SkyDeck, complete with panoramic views of Chek Lap Kok island.
- Practise your swing at SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course. Adjacent to Terminal 2, the course includes the convenience of baggage storage, instructors and equipment rental.
- Hong Kong airport is home to Asia’s largest 4D movie theatre. See the latest blockbusters in 3D, complete with wind, water, fog and bubbles!
See the sights
If you’ve got then time (eight hours or more) on your stopover, consider a whirlwind Hong Kong adventure. Closest to the airport you’ll find one of Hong Kong’s busiest attractions, the Big Buddha. Take the cable car to see the statue up close, or brave the 268 steps to the top. Also close by is Hong Kong Disneyland, only 20 minutes from the airport. Cathay Pacific offer Disneyland In-Transit Easy passes for a special price, with free luggage valet service.
When deciding on how to spend your valuable stopover time, don’t forget to factor in “flight admin”: you need to arrive at your connecting gate 45 minutes before departure. If you’re leaving the airport to sight see, allow at least an hour to pass immigration and customs. Finally, don’t forget that if you’re not an Australian citizen, you may need a visa to exit the airport. Stay connected with flight updates in one of the Cathay Pacific lounge IT zones, with free wi-fi, ipad usage and desktop computers.
Be well-rested, before you land
Nobody likes starting off a holiday with jetlag. Think about booking your tickets in premium economy – it’s more affordable than you might think! Check out Cathay Pacific’s current earlybird specials for premium economy deals that are only a few hundred dollars more than a standard economy fare. As well as saving time with dedicated check-in counters and priority boarding, you’ll enjoy wider seats with more recline, more legroom and an adjustable footrest. That few extra hours of quality sleep can make all the difference.
To cater for the huge number of travellers each day passing through Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific has provided five lounges each catering to differing passenger needs. Here is just a peek at what you can experience on your stopover:
- Satisfy your post-flight hunger with The Bridge lounge’s comprehensive Bistro. Try an Asian pho soup, indulgent dessert or go healthy with a leafy salad. Then pep yourself up with a barista-made coffee.
- Sip a healthy smoothie (or a champagne!) as you acclimatise to local time, and sit by The Cabin’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
- Undo any travel-related stress with a foot massage at The Pier’s Retreat lounge, which also boasts eight Day Suites – complete with daybed, reading light and tranquil tarmac views.
- If you’ve time to spare before your connecting flight, there’s nothing like unwinding with a little lounge luxury. For more information on accessibility and which lounge best suits your needs, head to Cathay Pacific’s lounge guide page.
With a few savvy choices, your Hong Kong airport stopover can go from wasted time to hours of fun and relaxation. To start you off on your London adventure, Cathay Pacific has these brilliant ideas to ensure you hit the ground running.
Cathay Pacific lounges are for passengers flying Business Class or for those who have the appropriate frequent flier status. For details of lounge admittance, click here.