I have been forced to wait around at the Chek Lap Kok Airport numerous times in the past for different reasons.Â I had to roam around the airport while waiting for my connecting flights or worse â€“ to wait for extremely delayed planes.
But, I would have to admit that staying at the Chek Lap Kok Airport is not entirely a pain.Â In fact, this airport would have to be one of my ultimate favorites.Â I do not mind being stranded there for a couple of hours because that just gives me reason to explore and check if there is anything new to see or experience.Â It is an understatement to say that this airport continues to surprise me!
Anyone who visits Hong Kong would usually find themselves at the Chek Lap Kok Airport, excluding those who are entering Hong Kong via ferries, ships or trains.Â Personally, I still think that nothing beats going to Hong Kong using its impressive airport as the gateway.Â The Chek Lap Kok airport is very clean, modern and organized.Â It also offers a superb array of facilities and services to travelers who are both leaving and entering Hong Kong.Â It is so huge that there will be times when you would have to ride the airport train to go to immigration, find your boarding gate or to get to your luggage.Â This airport train really blew me away the first time I got to try it.
If you are a first-time traveler in Hong Kong, it is advisable to approach any airport staff or Tourist Information Counter to get not only copies of Hong Kong maps but also maps and brochures of the airport itself.Â Yup, it is really THAT BIG!
One of the top things that I enjoy doing while waiting at the Hong Kong Airport is SHOP â€“ shop â€˜til I drop!Â There are so many items to choose from that there is no need to fret in case you realize that there is something that you forgot to buy while in the city or forgot to bring along with you for your trip.
You can shop for Audio Visual Equipment of Appliances in stores like 1010, a3 Digital Entertainment, or Essentials Express.Â There is also a Health and Beauty section where one can buy cosmetics and other personal care items.Â Check out Mannings, MAC, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics or Kiehlâ€™s.Â Shoppers can head to Cartier, Omega, Tiffany & Co, IWC Schaffhausen or Chow Sang Sang to purchase jewelry or watches.
Shopaholics like me will be mesmerized by gigantic designer brand names that carry clothes, bags and other leather accessories.Â The known brands that are present here include Jimmy Choo, Bally, Agnes B., Burberry, Chanel, Chloe, Coach, Folli Follie, Gucci, Longchamp, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Prada, Piaget, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino, Versace, and even Hermes.Â Another brand is Shanghai Tang, a crowd favorite because of its oriental touch.Â This brand is considered a leading luxurious lifestyle brand that is making its name not only China but worldwide for its clothing line for all ages, accessories, and many others.
Kids, on the other hand, can continue shopping for their toys at Play Nâ€™ Go.Â If they forgot to get themselves some souvenirs from their visit to Hong Kong Disneyland, they have one last chance to shop for trinkets at The Magic of Hong Kong Disneyland store.
You will also never go hungry at the Chek Lap Kok Airport no matter what your budget is. You can visit the 7-11 kiosk and avail of affordable packaged meals. There are also your usual fast food chains like CafÃ© de Corral or Burger King for your dose of burgers and fries. If you feel like taking a small meal, then you can just head to the Wing Wah Cake Shop, Aji Ichiban, Millieâ€™s Cookies, Maximâ€™s Deluxe, Toasty Toasty or Okashi Land to buy some baked goods and other snacks.Â If you are craving for sweets, you can go to Ben & Jerryâ€™s for some ice cream or go to Godiva for delectable truffles.Â Coffee drinkers can bring out their laptops and click away at Delifrance or Starbucks Coffee.
Those who simply cannot stand a day without going online can avail of the free Wifi service at the airport.Â There are also free computer ports scattered all over the airport for those who would like to check for e-mail updates or briefly check the news or several social networking sites.
If you would like to be â€œentertainedâ€ some more then all you have to do is head to Terminal 2.Â Here, you can check out the 4D Extreme Screen, AVIATION Discovery Centre, Asia HOLLYWOOD, i-Sports, and PlayStationÂ® Gateway. Have the time of your lives and remember to take a lot of souvenir photos!
From a strategic location, you can also either be content with â€œpeople watchingâ€ or amuse yourself with the countless planes that take off and land on the runway.
Once you have exhausted all your energies going around and spent whatever is left of your shopping money, you can simply proceed to your boarding gate and enjoy your quiet solitude.
Airport General Inquiries
Address:Â Airport Authority Hong Kong, HKIA Tower, 1 Sky Plaza Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
Telephone Number:Â +852 2181 8888
Fax Number:Â +852 2824 0717
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Telephone: +852 2508 1234
*Photography by Herbie Samson