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BA A380 to HKG in PE/Y, IB Y/BA CE, Cheung Chau, MAD IB/CX Lounges and.... an FT Do!

BA A380 to HKG in PE/Y, IB Y/BA CE, Cheung Chau, MAD IB/CX Lounges and.... an FT Do!

Old Nov 29, 13, 2:24 am
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Great report. Been to HKG many many times, but it never occurred to me to visit Chang Chau. I will now!

Does anyone know what they are building in front of the IFC, it's been digging and rumbling non-stop for quite some time now. Slightly off-topic, but I always wondered.
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Old Nov 29, 13, 2:56 am
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Originally Posted by flyhen View Post
Great report. Been to HKG many many times, but it never occurred to me to visit Chang Chau. I will now!

Does anyone know what they are building in front of the IFC, it's been digging and rumbling non-stop for quite some time now. Slightly off-topic, but I always wondered.
I asked the same last week and was told it will be a public park type place. Open to correction.
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Old Nov 29, 13, 3:25 am
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PETER01 - you have surpassed yourself again. Another great report from you. Definitely a Trip Reporter of the year if ever I have seen one!

How was the food in WTP? The chicken looks a bit iffy? Love the views from the Grand Hyatt and the pool area looks very well kept. I also love that wee beach - that would be a great place to spend a few hours.

Looking forward to the rest!
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Old Nov 29, 13, 12:10 pm
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Thanks PETER01 a truly amazing trip report! I enjoyed reading it so far, you have great writing skills! I was looking forward to reading you report and I can't wait to finish it!
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Old Nov 29, 13, 3:09 pm
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Just over 2 weeks until I'm in Hong Kong (although flying Air Berlin TXL-JFK and then CX F to HKG). Slumming it a bit on my trip as not really into fancy hotels I get no real benefit from.
Doing the main touristy things this time around as first time there.

Always good to read your reports and looking forward to the next part
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Old Nov 29, 13, 4:59 pm
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Great report Pete. Hong Kong is great fun and you capture this well.

I stay in the Renaissance which is next to your hotel so it was interesting to see the views from t'other side.
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Old Nov 29, 13, 8:29 pm
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Thanks for an enjoyable report PETER01, nice to know I'm not the only one who is thrifty sometimes

Though when visiting Asia, savoring the street food is part of the experience, so I would say that one would be missing out by bringing packed lunches. Prices aren't too bad either. When visiting Scandinavia on the other hand, a packed lunch is a good idea
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Old Dec 1, 13, 7:58 pm
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Originally Posted by stevie View Post
HK is a place I visit many times a year so this TR is particularly interesting. I think the pictures are beautiful and you capture the essence of HK. By the way I got in late that Friday night you guys were in Wanch, pity.

Great TR Peter (again).
Thanks stevie. You must be very familiar with Hong Kong then and I may PM you for any tips when I go back! Pity you couldn't make it this time.

Originally Posted by flyhen View Post
Great report. Been to HKG many many times, but it never occurred to me to visit Chang Chau. I will now!

Does anyone know what they are building in front of the IFC, it's been digging and rumbling non-stop for quite some time now. Slightly off-topic, but I always wondered.
Thanks too flyhen for your nice comments, appreciated.

Yes i really would recommend a little trip to Cheung Chau and a nice relaxed atmosphere there. I was told they are continually 'reclaiming' the sea for land and building even more on the seafront.

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PETER01 - you have surpassed yourself again. Another great report from you. Definitely a Trip Reporter of the year if ever I have seen one!

How was the food in WTP? The chicken looks a bit iffy? Love the views from the Grand Hyatt and the pool area looks very well kept. I also love that wee beach - that would be a great place to spend a few hours.

Looking forward to the rest!
Oh, faaarrrr better TR writers and TRs than mine but I do enjoy photography and posting my experiences. The WTP meal was fine. The views from the Grand Hyatt were very nice and it was indeed spotless. The staff are all very higlhy trained and from what I observed were ALL very attentive, extremely helpful and respectful. There were ALWAYS Managers floating around and whenever you came into the main entrance lots of genuine acknowledgements.

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Thanks PETER01 a truly amazing trip report! I enjoyed reading it so far, you have great writing skills! I was looking forward to reading you report and I can't wait to finish it!
Cheers. I just write what I see/observe and glad you enjoyed it. I'll have the 2nd half posted by Monday afternoon. It would have been sooner but work was very busy lately as well as reading SFO777's new adventure

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Just over 2 weeks until I'm in Hong Kong (although flying Air Berlin TXL-JFK and then CX F to HKG). Slumming it a bit on my trip as not really into fancy hotels I get no real benefit from.
Doing the main touristy things this time around as first time there.

Always good to read your reports and looking forward to the next part
Thank you xenole. I'm just a leisure traveller so I suppose I may appreciate it a little more than a Business/FF'r, possibly. I'm not always into fancy Hotels as you don't spend that much time in them really but this was a treat for my Birthday. The Grand Hyatt was £535 plus some avios for 4 nights/5 days so not a bad deal. I did use the facilities which were very nice including the lovely pool area.

I hope you enjoy your first trip there. A wee tip if you don't mind me saying. if you are going to The Peak and are also doing the Open Top Bus Tour, do the Bus first as when you get off at The Peak you will (should!) be escorted right to the front of the queue by one of the Bus Tour Reps. (in red bomber style jackets)

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Great report Pete. Hong Kong is great fun and you capture this well. I stay in the Renaissance which is next to your hotel so it was interesting to see the views from t'other side.
Another thanks and welcome to FT

I suppose that's the good thing about Hong Kong there are so many Hotels to choose from. I quite fancy the Conrad the next time and indeed great fun in a great city!

Originally Posted by LH4116 View Post
Thanks for an enjoyable report PETER01, nice to know I'm not the only one who is thrifty sometimes

Though when visiting Asia, savoring the street food is part of the experience, so I would say that one would be missing out by bringing packed lunches. Prices aren't too bad either. When visiting Scandinavia on the other hand, a packed lunch is a good idea
Oh I am thrifty sometimes. I don't normally spend £28 on a breakfast and I always try and get a breakfast included but as this was a last minute thing no offers were on then. I din't have a packed lunch every day and I ate at a place called the Spaghetti House in TST (turn right off the Star Ferry) and it is in the first row of shops down a small escalator. Great food and service.

I am a little sensitive to spicy foods so hence me not always partaking in eating street food or seafood.

Thanks for the very generous comments!

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Old Dec 2, 13, 4:27 pm
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So after wandering about Kowloon for the day it was time to go back to the Hotel, pick up my case etc. and then I got a taxi from there to HKG Station where I would jump on the Airport Express. Just as I arrived one was waiting and out came my pass and “RED” showing at the barriers! Now there was plenty of time and to be honest I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t letting me through but as it turned out when I bought my pass it was from HKG-KOWLOON return as I was going back from a earlier stop on my return I had to pay the difference of an additional station which was $5 HKD iirc. Very quickly sorted and I just made it on the train which was fairly empty.

Now I hadn’t printed my own BP and when I arrived at the Airport about 3 hours and 45 minutes before the flight the BA desks were already open but there were hardly any passengers there. The Business and First Class desks were open and as I was waiting in the Business line with only a couple in front of me already being served at the desk the very nice young lady at the F check in beckoned me over. La, la, la BP was printed BUT………..AAGGHH! my BP was showing Bronze (OW Ruby) despite making BA Silver (OW Sapphire) on the way out nearly a week ago.

ba.com was showing Silver status on my phone and the internet when I showed them. Apparently they could see I had 675 Tier Points (600 qualifies for BA Silver) but they had a lot of difficulty in getting my BP to show Silver which somehow they managed to overwrite.

I won’t bore you with all the details but 80-90 minutes later after much flaffing about including a call to the UK to confirm I was indeed now a BA Silver (OW Sapphire), calling the Lounges, a BA manager taking it over, all was sorted but it really impacted upon my time using the Lounges. Anyhow here is a small review of the CX new lounge.











Coming back out the Lounge and going to the other area (IT Zone, Showers etc.)



Back to the centre area and walking past here to the IT area etc.























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Old Dec 2, 13, 4:29 pm
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Right at the far end of the Lounge and the Showers are at the far right, walk past here and it takes you back towards the exit.



All in all a very nice if brief experience. Lots of hot food on offer, including some Chinese Dishes and more Western ones too. Hopefully someone can add more details about the Menus etc. but hopefully this link can answer any questions. An interesting site which has daylight photos of this lounge and it also has regular updates about other Lounges in the Far East, Australasia etc.

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So boarding was fairly painless and I waited for most folks to get on first whilst I had a last ciggy in the smoking lounge right next to gate 62 where we were leaving from. I had a nice seat mate who was actually from Scotland too and we had a good conversation about many things (including the future Scottish Independence Referendum). Before I knew it 3 hours had passed and a nice meal was had. A small Salmon salad followed by a Tasty Chicken beef and Rice.

Here are some photos of the cabin. I was in seat 80K (exit row) which is in the rear UD ‘mini-cabin’. Although there was a toilet nearby this really wasn’t an issue and there was never more than one person waiting although it was a bit busier the last 40 minutes before landing. I found the exit seat to be very comfortable with obviously endless legroom. No folks congregated there either and to be honest of they had I would have probably mentioned this to CC as whilst there is plenty of legroom for the passengers there (me) they would have to be standing very close to you, especially on the aisle seat due to the curvature of the ceiling.

I stayed on until everyone had left, asked the crew if I could take some photos which they happily agreed to. Overall service on this flight was very nice. One thing to bear in mind perhaps for these seats near to the toilets is that I would (think) it would be a far busier area/queue forming if it were a daytime flight. No ‘whistling’ from the exit door here neither did I find it cold like it does on some other aircraft when seated in the exit rows.

Overall, a nice flight, decent food, great IFE and I slept for about 4 hours on this 12 hour and 20 minute flight overnight flight back. I arrived at LHR at about 5.20 p.m. still a bit tired still and I had about 4 hours until my last flight to Madrid which was leaving at around 9.25 am GMT.

I thought due to this lengthy connection I would head out through the UK Border, have a ciggy and a cup of tea but the place was heaving and the e-passport gates were all down. As I had stayed on board at the end of the flight the other BA flight (BA27 which leaves 15 minutes after the BA26, my flight) there were hundreds of people waiting to clear Immigration and Customs at LHR. I just turned around and went back to Flight connections, went through security which wasn’t that busy but they only had a few lanes open. Poor really, considering the BA overnight flights have been around a long time and they know how many passengers are arriving.

It took me nearly 30 minutes to get through (Fast Track!). It could be better managed though in my opinion. I headed for the South Lounge and had cereal, fruit juice and a few Bacon butties all with my favourite hot drink……….yes a Cup of Tea. I chatted with the Lounge Lady there and explained what had happened in Hong Kong. She said there won’t be a problem in getting into any BA Lounge as my ‘profile’ on her computer was showing I had 675 TP’s and she knew I was Silver. She also commented that for some reason this had happened to quite a few other customers but BA were aware of it and rectifying it.

Very friendly and she even wrote a note with my name on it for her late shift colleagues to ensure I would get access as I said I would be returning later in the day. Nice personal touch and very reassuring.
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So now it was back to Madrid and over to the C gates this time in Y on a BA A321. I was in a window row near the back (row 23 iirc) and as it turned out the middle seat was left unoccupied which was nice. I would say the flight was about 2/3rd’s full. I fell asleep for most of the flight and I now had a 6 hour wait here.

Yes, a VERY long time and I had considered leaving and going into Madrid but I really was shattered. This flight’s from EDI-LHR-MAD-LHR-EDI was a miles flight and I couldn’t get any shorter connecting flight. As I said earlier I could have skipped the last leg on my HKG ticket but I didn’t want to run the risk of maybe losing the TP’s etc. As I love travelling anyhow this was no great hardship!

As I was leaving T4S at Madrid I was stopped by 3 very serious looking police officers who had asked where I had come from. I said Hong Kong, they had a quick look at me and waved me on. I was dressed fairly smart so maybe first impressions count? I went outside some fresh air and a cigarette although I suppose to any non-smokers reading that it does sound a bit odd.

Right, let’s get some photos Pete, I saw a cop nearby and explained to him I had a keen interest in photography and asked him if it was OK to take some picture in the terminal. Now I knew you could but it is always better to ask/inform them of my intentions as I was planning and did indeed take loads of pictures of the landside area in many parts of the terminal.

I liked the Architecture here and I couldn’t believe the HIGE line of taxis which I later saw and you can see in the photographs below. I went through Fats Track there and I was the only passenger. The Airport seemed very quiet indeed and as I would later find out so was the Iberia Lounge. My first impressions of this place is that it was HUGE in length and very open. Great views of the taxiways and some of the gates and the nearby small ‘hills’.

I was greeted with a very warm welcome by two very charming young Spanish ladies on duty at the reception there. I had a quick look around and started snapping away as there were only about 8 people in it! Then a small disaster……….my camera battery was about to run out and I didn’t have an EU adaptor. I asked at the reception with the view that they would probably say go and buy one but hey presto!!!!!!!! Out came a small basket with quite a few but I had to leave them my BP so I would return it. Fine.

I started charging my laptop and camera form the many power points that were available and all was well again. Silly me for not taking my usual International one as in HKG you just use the normal UK plugs they have there. Lots of food on offer and plenty of choices of drinks too. I think I have hopefully said enough now so here are the photos. I will confidently say that having been in many lounges across the world including some F ones this Iberia Lounge (open to OW Sapphires) was right up there with some of the best of them.

Really modern, clean, plenty of facilities, good internet speeds, showers, very nice food and with great views and nice furniture etc. Now If I came back here I would be more familiar with the set up and you can even opt to go on the IB A340 back to London in J (proper Business Class seats) for £35 and 15k Avios return from the UK.

































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The other end of the terminal.



No problem getting a taxi here!













Arriving back at T4S from T4.





I couldn’t resist one before I went into the IB Lounge!












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