15/09/17 – We arrived in HK at 15:00, the originally planned 3 hr stop over ended up being 4.5 hrs. Typical!
The airport in HK is like Hogwarts with mismatching stairways to floating floors/ lifts on varying levels, you have to go down a level to go up 2 but once you get through it all, the shops are amazing with a two storey Rolex shop!
The next leg of our journey was with Cathay Dragon (CD), they were no where near as good as Cathay Pacific (CP). Service was average, the free meal was the same as CP but tasted bland, they didn’t advise that special dietary requirements needed booking 24 hrs before, so the vegetarian next to me pretty much went hungry, as all they could provide was a basic tray with a small pack of not so nice cookies and measly portion of fruit salad. We were due to take-off at 17:40, which ended up being 19:40 because the runway was not clear.
So we landed at 21:00 and after grabbing all our bits, we set off in private car to our hotel around 21:15. The driver of our private car waited outside with sign in hand, he was a smartly dressed, polite, tiny Vietnamese man, who insisted on lifting our bags into the boot for us (think he may have shrunk another inch or two, these bags where as big and probably heavier than he was!) Although he struggled he tried his best not to show it, you can already feel how proud these people are! An impression that we would see grow over our time here. The car was nice and clean, he was a good driver but this was our first experience of all the crazy traffic. Watching the Scooters whizz passed – all too close – seeing some wincingly close calls and hearing horns everywhere, was a real eye opener for what was to come…
We arrived at ‘Lucky 3’ hotel at 21:30, in the middle of a Typhoon, the Bellboy ran out with umbrellas for us and took our bags straight up to our room, the room was nice & clean and the bed was a bit hard (we would soon learn that’s how they all are), due to the heavy rains our wifi wouldn’t work, was probably a good thing as we were so tired and jetlagged we just Zonked out.