|View from our hotel window, with the airport off to the left|
After convincing the driver that we needed to go on this shuttle (which supposedly wasn’t going to the international terminal), we caught the 12:15pm shuttle to the airport.
|Waiting for the shuttle in below-freezing temperatures wearing short-sleeve shirts|
We finally ended up reaching Cathay Pacific check-in at 12:45pm for our 2:05pm flight. Between long security and no TSA Pre clearance (since Cathay Pacific has not joined the TSA Pre program), it made it a bit tight to get to the gate early to take flight review photos.
Chicago O’Hare (ORD): Terminal 5; Runway 28; Scheduled: 2:05p; Pushback: 2:40p; Takeoff: 3:02p
Hong Kong International (HKG): Terminal 1; Runway 07L; Scheduled: 7:55p; Landing: 7:59p; Gate Arrival: 8:02p
Flight Time: 14h 56m; Actual miles: 8,078
B-KPO; Boeing 777-300ER; First Flight: Jan 9, 2010; 275 seats (6 FC / 53 J / 34 E+ / 182 E)
Seat: JT: 71C (aisle), Katie: 71A (window), Economy
The flight was long, but we spent the time working and watching movies. We were impressed by the flight attendant service for the first half of the flight, but it went downhill towards the end of the flight. Full write-up of the flight to be published at ThePointsGuy.com soon.
|The airport was well-marked with English signs|
Once in Hong Kong customs was quick. We got our bags, bought cheap paired Airport Express tickets to Tsing Yi (HKD90 for special two pack, paid by MasterCard), withdrew cash, bought Octopus cards (HKD50 deposit each and HKD200 load each), and then took the Airport Express train and two MTR lines to Mong Kok.
|Nice, comfortable and very fast Airport Express train|
|Our first – but certainly not last – sushi meal in Hong Kong|
|Katie on the clean and not crowded Hong Kong MTR|
|The crazy streets of Mong Kok|
|Our Airbnb/Panda Hostel host walking us through the streets to the hostel|
|Headed up a few floors to the hostel|
Panda Boutique Hostel (2/F, No 69, Tung Choi Street. Mong Kok station exit E2 or D3) was very small but clean. We struggled to unpack in tiny space, but finally settled in and headed to sleep. We both slept incredibly well, despite the time change.