25 hour connection time at HKG (December)

Old Sep 11, 19, 4:00 pm
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25 hour connection time at HKG (December)

In early December, we'll have a 25 hour connection in HKG, and will be changing carriers, from VA to CX.

At least one of us will have a CX F ticket; right now, the other has J, and is hoping for another F. This worked last time, but we had to change dates by 1 day, to get 2Fs, which was fine and would be fine again. (This was a phenomenal flight; despite the length, I would have been happy to turn around and go back and forth!)

1) Will the F be able to bring the J into the F lounges at HKG, if we don't get another F?

2) For that overnight, and given the possible unrest in town - and possibly blocking traffic to airport (although we'll know more as the time approaches... maybe) - should we just stay closer to the airport?
What choices would we have for hotels, and is there some sightseeing that is, well, close to the airport?

(Two years ago, we spent several days in HKG. I know that is not nearly enough time to "see" HKG, although we had a wonderful private tour, and also saw a lot on our own. But we don't feel like we *must* get into a special location that we've never seen before, especially for a relatively short time given airport waiting times, etc., which would be different if there were no civil unrest and little expectation of such.)

We can obviously alter our plans somewhat as the dates get close.

Thank you.

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Old Sep 11, 19, 5:53 pm
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1) Yes. F pax could bring 1 guest.
2) I don't think so. I was in HKG in August and will be again in a few weeks, I did not experience too much inconvenience and do not expect in my next trip. I would not be worried about HKG disruption in Dec if I were you. If you decide to stay near HKG, there are a few hotels to choose from, but I would not call anywhere near the airport sightseeing tbh.
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Old Sep 11, 19, 6:37 pm
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Originally Posted by andersonCooper View Post
1) Yes. F pax could bring 1 guest.
2) I don't think so. I was in HKG in August and will be again in a few weeks, I did not experience too much inconvenience and do not expect in my next trip. I would not be worried about HKG disruption in Dec if I were you. If you decide to stay near HKG, there are a few hotels to choose from, but I would not call anywhere near the airport sightseeing tbh.
Lantau Island Hiking and Big buddha is quite spectacular....
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Old Sep 11, 19, 6:40 pm
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Originally Posted by andersonCooper View Post
1) Yes. F pax could bring 1 guest.
2) I don't think so. I was in HKG in August and will be again in a few weeks, I did not experience too much inconvenience and do not expect in my next trip. I would not be worried about HKG disruption in Dec if I were you. If you decide to stay near HKG, there are a few hotels to choose from, but I would not call anywhere near the airport sightseeing tbh.
Many thanks.
I especially wasn't sure about the F lounge and guest, so that's great to know.

As for the "To Hong Kong or Not To Hong Kong", we can be somewhat flexible and see how things are/seem to be/etc.

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Old Sep 11, 19, 7:17 pm
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Lantau Island Hiking and Big buddha is quite spectacular....
That's assuming you could get out of HKG, if roads/Airport Express were not blocked. I don't see this would happen again, but it obviously is OP's concern to some extent...
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Old Sep 11, 19, 7:28 pm
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If you're concerned about the unrest, there's always Macao which you can access the ferries airside. Actually, 25 hours in Macao is just about right and there are many good hotels, and a few sightseeing op's-just grab a driver to show you around then drop you off at on of the casinos. My son and I did this one year and it took up most of the day and evening, though he was winning at the Sands so we stayed longer than expected.
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Old Sep 11, 19, 7:51 pm
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Originally Posted by GeezerCouple View Post
Many thanks.
I especially wasn't sure about the F lounge and guest, so that's great to know.

As for the "To Hong Kong or Not To Hong Kong", we can be somewhat flexible and see how things are/seem to be/etc.

GC
I really doubt the roads to the airport will be blocked, and especially in December. If I were you, I'll stay in Central - after all, you can always hop on the Airport Express train to get to the airport in 24 minutes.
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Unrest at the airport is highly unlikely. A good percentage of protestors now understand the negative backlash, while the police and government are taking a zero-tolerance approach to any disruption to the airport. Recent attempts to blockade roads or airport again fizzled out with no momentum; so Dec would be very, very safe in my estimation.
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Old Sep 11, 19, 8:05 pm
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From VA, you can of course just go upstairs and check in for your CX flight. They will take your bags 24 hours prior to departure.
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Old Sep 11, 19, 9:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Guy Betsy View Post
From VA, you can of course just go upstairs and check in for your CX flight. They will take your bags 24 hours prior to departure.
Terrific - I did not know this.

That will make a difference, if all we each need to have with us is a small overnight bag.

Thanks very much!

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Old Sep 11, 19, 9:24 pm
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If you're concerned about the unrest, there's always Macao which you can access the ferries airside. Actually, 25 hours in Macao is just about right and there are many good hotels, and a few sightseeing op's-just grab a driver to show you around then drop you off at on of the casinos. My son and I did this one year and it took up most of the day and evening, though he was winning at the Sands so we stayed longer than expected.
That's 25 hours too much for me, but diff'rent strokes....
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