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With protests... what to do for long weekend layovers?

Old Oct 9, 19, 8:54 pm
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With protests... what to do for long weekend layovers?

For long CX layovers at HKIA over the weekends, what do people do nowadays amidst ground transportation uncertainty and MTR station closures caused by the current protests?

Thereís so much lounge hopping that one can do, even if one scores a cabana can result in too much napping which can throw the circadian rhythm out of whack.

Head to Lantau Buddha?

Take the ferry to Macao?

The group that Iím travelling in are worried that we canít get back to HKIA for our connecting flight. Is this a valid concern?
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Old Oct 9, 19, 8:59 pm
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Originally Posted by carrotjuice View Post
For long CX layovers at HKIA over the weekends, what do people do nowadays amidst ground transportation uncertainty and MTR station closures caused by the current protests?

There’s so much lounge hopping that one can do, even if one scores a cabana can result in too much napping which can throw the circadian rhythm out of whack.

Head to Lantau Buddha?

Take the ferry to Macao?

The group that I’m travelling in are worried that we can’t get back to HKIA for our connecting flight. Is this a valid concern?
Yes, it is a valid concern if you are planning to go into the city, especially on a weekend.
We can give better suggestions if you share your arrival and departure days and times.

I think this would be better suited to the Hong Kong destination forum
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Old Oct 9, 19, 9:14 pm
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Originally Posted by tentseller View Post
Yes, it is a valid concern if you are planning to go into the city, especially on a weekend.
We can give better suggestions if you share your arrival and departure days and times.

I think this would be better suited to the Hong Kong destination forum
Yes, I am moving this thread to the HK forum.

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Old Oct 9, 19, 10:28 pm
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There have not been any significant protests / disruptions blocking the airport access road in recent weeks, although the AEX has been disrupted a few times as a precaution.

I would offer the opinion that if you are having a daytime layover, and are able to get out of the airport via AEX without trouble, it's highly likely you can take the AEX back as well during day time. And even if not, highly likely that bus / taxi will get you back just fine -- I would just suggest positioning yourself on the Kowloon side at the end of your journey in case that is a concern.
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Originally Posted by TA View Post
There have not been any significant protests / disruptions blocking the airport access road in recent weeks, although the AEX has been disrupted a few times as a precaution.

I would offer the opinion that if you are having a daytime layover, and are able to get out of the airport via AEX without trouble, it's highly likely you can take the AEX back as well during day time. And even if not, highly likely that bus / taxi will get you back just fine -- I would just suggest positioning yourself on the Kowloon side at the end of your journey in case that is a concern.
I beg to differ as the Kowloon station on the AEx has bee closed many times, especially in the evenings where Hong Kong station has remained open.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 12:15 am
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Indeed. I was thinking if we are to venture out of MKIA even Kowloon (Mongkok) or NT (Shatin) seem out of bounds? That leaves only Lantau?
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Originally Posted by carrotjuice View Post
Indeed. I was thinking if we are to venture out of MKIA even Kowloon (Mongkok) or NT (Shatin) seem out of bounds? That leaves only Lantau?
Let us know your arrival and departure time and the day of the week so we can give intelligent ideas for you to consider.

If your arrival is that bank of early morning arrival then there are more safe options as opposed to a noon arrival and midnight departure.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 1:25 am
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Honestly I'd just not risk coming into the city. Even if AEXP doesn't shut down, you might be stuck without MTR / find shops & restaurants closed due to protests depending on which part of town you're in (read: the more fun parts of town). Macau ferry seems like a nice option, go hang out in a casino for a bit, catch a show, grab some good food, etc.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 6:00 am
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I arrive mid day on a Sunday and depart around midnight. So almost 12 full hours in HK on a Sunday when most of the protests would proliferate?
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Originally Posted by tentseller View Post
I beg to differ as the Kowloon station on the AEx has bee closed many times, especially in the evenings where Hong Kong station has remained open.
I meant that if it comes to having to find a taxi or bus that can actually get to the airport if other transport is shut down (or simply first get to the highway from local streets), probably more likely to succeed if already on Kowloon side. If AEX is to be shut down, then given the increasing severity of the shutdown lately, neither HK side or Kowloon side would help.
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The Airport Express seems to be the MTR's #1 priority for keeping open. It's the only line running as I type (at 22:45L), for example, and all is normal, including in-town check-in.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 9:37 am
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Originally Posted by carrotjuice View Post
I arrive mid day on a Sunday and depart around midnight. So almost 12 full hours in HK on a Sunday when most of the protests would proliferate?
The last two Sundays trouble started around noon-time.

If the inside ferry to Macao schedule fits your plans that would be an option,
If not, then the other viable option would be the Big Buddha.

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Old Oct 10, 19, 10:03 am
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No, all wasn't normal on the AE at 22:45 Thursday as you typed: trains were not stopping at Kowloon, Tsing Yi and AsiaWorld-Expo stations Thursday evening.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 10:20 am
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OK, I may be wrong, but I see an announcement issued at 00:15L on 11/10 saying that it is now HK and the airport only. Maybe there was a previous announcement.

And this is just pure ........ by the MTR/police/AA.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 10:54 am
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They announced Thursday evening that service would be restricted from 9pm on the AE.
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