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CX - new J lounge at The Bridge; HKG-YYZ

Old Dec 16, 13, 2:15 pm
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CX - J: lounges at The Wing and The Bridge; HKG-YYZ

[For the previous posts on this trip, see here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...kong-back.html ]

After a few lovely days with my parents, it was time to go home. I had planned to be at the airport with enough time to explore the lounges, seeing there were four different ones for CX. But first, a few shots I took on my way to HKIA – some of these sites / sights were new to me:


The tallest building on Kowloon side I think, and it lights up at night with moving light-pictures.


Kwai Chung Container Terminals - once the busiest in the world by volume, now 3rd, after Singapore and Shanghai (according to Wiki).


Just beyond the sea of container-cranes is one of the towers of the Stonecutters suspension bridge - the second longest cable-stayed bridge in the world at the time of completion in 2009 (Wiki).


A closer view of the bridge as we approached.

The bus ride took about 40 minutes. The walk to CX’s dedicated business class check in section took all of two, and in two more I was done checking in. After another five minutes or so I saw this:



And this:



On this:



It was of course the Wing, only this time the business class section. This is the Long Bar, and it has a an open, airy feel to it.

At this point I had a choice to make: to try the signature drink Cathay Delight, which I’d missed before, or to go with a champagne that I knew and liked, the Piper, which wouldn’t need any gussying up to be palatable.

No prize for the correct guess:



Malhoumbeau was too busy guzzling down the bubbly to care that I was taking shots of the lounge:





And what’s a nice glass of bubbly without some nosh to go with it?











These were just a sample of the offering at the Wing, and it was extensive and appealing. But I was actually after something else, and to get to it I had to walk past these:





A pretty neat built-in drinks dispensing alcove I thought.


[Since there’s a 20-shot limit for each posting, so I need to break this up]


Next up: my real quest

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Old Dec 16, 13, 3:07 pm
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Lounge quest

The real goal of this quest, tho, was this:





This was of course the Noodle Bar, a separate section of the lounge:





Where the magic was made:



And the happy result:



There were more food offerings in this section:





These had just been delivered from the kitchen, and helped make up my very yummy spot of late lunch:



The noodles were indeed flavourful and of a nice texture, and the broth was rich and peanutty - except the portion was on the dainty side, so a perfect excuse to try something else:



The wonton soup noodles and fried beef bun, which, tho not a knock out, tasted just fine.

I whiled away a little time to savour the noodles, and as I left I came to another section of the lounge:



The café-like section had a nice counter of its own:



With yet more tempting bits of food:



Somehow I was still not quite full – must have been all the snapping – so I went back to the main buffet area and settled on this little spread:



Some pan-fried fish, egg and shrimp fried rice, roasted veggies, mango and crab sandwich, and some fruit. All consumed with a nice view of the tarmac, and this special bird:



A lovely livery it certainly is, but I’m still partial to this aircraft:



And in the ‘Asia’s World City’ livery:





I saw this model at a little shop in Hong Kong and I just couldn’t let it pass.


Of all the business lounges I’d been to - AC, UA, AA, BA - this was by far the best, in its layout, ambience, food and drink offering, and service from attendants. A definite two thumbs up.


Next up: Lounge odyssey, part deux.

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Old Dec 17, 13, 4:56 am
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Looking forward to the first (I think) TR here with the Bridge !!!

And hey - with the Bridge, CX now has 5 different business class lounges at HKG - The Wing, The Pier, The Cabin, The Bridge and don't forget the much less loved G16 !
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Originally Posted by marcuslai View Post
Looking forward to the first (I think) TR here with the Bridge !!!

And hey - with the Bridge, CX now has 5 different business class lounges at HKG - The Wing, The Pier, The Cabin, The Bridge and don't forget the much less loved G16 !
Indeed - I was trying to recall all the lounges and missed G16, which I've never been to!

Pics and comments on the Bridge coming very soon!
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Quest two of this tour of lounges: The Bridge

Now we finally get to the new J lounge, The Bridge.

With an hour and a half to kill still, I was happy to take a walk, and what better than all the way down the main concourse again?



This was actually a shot from the other end after the walk, which really led me to this:



The recently opened ‘The Bridge’.

It is located at the fork end of the concourse, where the main concourse splits into two arms. You go down the escalator to get to the reception, and when I was admitted I went to my right:



It was a long corridor, with a wall of glass to the left, overlooking the tarmac, and a series of sofas set up with bookcases serving as partition, giving it the feel of a living room or reading room.



Walking a little ways ahead, on the right was the Bakery.





It had ample seating, and a festive display at one end of the buffet set-up:


Some items under heat lamps:





And the rest of the food offering:











Roasted chicken with lemongrass in coconut sauce; wok fried assorted seasonal vegetables:


Thai red curry beef:


As I exited the Bakery I came to the end section of the bar, where more food was on offer:


Salami olive; anchovy toast; caramelized beetroot

With all the abundance of food on display, and the long walk having done what I’d wanted it to, it was time to have a bit of afternoon snack. But first thing first:


The drinks list


“The Bridge Temptation”

And the haul:

Coffee, egg tart and a savory bun of some kind from the Bakery; a cookie and a cocktail from the bar.


Next up: Exploration of The Bridge continues…

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The Bridge and more of its charms

The chair looking out on to the tarmac was comfy, and the view panoramic. The little ottoman was a nice touch too:






As I settled in, Malhoumbeau took one sip of the cocktail, and declared it unacceptable: lots of pineapple and whatever else fruity was in it, but nary any booze! I was summarily sent back to the bar for reinforcement:


Gin on the rocks. In went the gin to the cocktail, along with the twist, and this was the result:


A happy Mighty Moose who didn’t care it was only Gordon’s, which was no big shakes when mixed in such a concoction anyhow.

As it was T-45min, I thought I should go take a look at the other sections of the lounge. As I was leaving this side of it, I looked back and took one more shot:


When you turn left at the reception desk this is what you’ll see:




Pretty good use of a space that’s elongated, and I gathered this would be the ‘business end’ of the lounge. The showers are also on this side of the set up:







All in all it was a nicely laid-out space, with a good spread of food and drinks. It was not very busy, and I expect the airiness from the continuous walls of glass would help when there are more visitors.

So off we went again, up the concourse and back towards the Wing, since my flight was leaving from gate 3:


The Wing’s entrance was on the same level as the gate:


There was already a line up for this almost full flight by the time we got there:


The J queue was also forming:


My ride for the next 14-ish hours:


J pax ready for boarding:


All quite orderly really:



Next up: on board

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All aboard!

Two airbridges were used for this 3-class 777 w/o F, where the front cabin is the larger of the two for J.


Interesting numbering of the rows:


Beautified interior of this little ‘Tardis’:




A quick trot down the back, about 95% full:


Back at my seat, and finally I got to try a Cathay Delight, with kiwi, coconut and mint:



Quite refreshing, but a bit less coconutty than I’d imagined.

In short order we were airborne:




But captain, which way are we really going?

I wouldn’t think it a good idea to burn off excess fuel when there are 14 hours+ ahead of us still!

Amenity kit for this long trans-con:



Some rather practical and useable items actually.

Menus:







Drinks cart:

Note the Bombay Sapphire hiding behind the juice – not Gordon’s!

A pre-emptive move to ensure a glass of bubbly that would be enjoyable:

Since I didn’t know the champagne, and it seemed to be the same one as on my previous J flight, a Pacific Sunrise was a safe choice.

All the while we were on the right flight path… perhaps…



Next up: meal service

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Mahlzeit!

The appetizer tray:


Main courses on a cart:


With more drinks below:


The beef tenderloin:


Tender and flavourful, but way past medium, let alone med-rare:


The vegetarian pasta:

Far sub-par to the beef, hence still available after the first round?

Dessert…

… which I wouldn’t get to taste in the end: it was very choppy and coffee was delayed. I wanted a coffee to go with it, but it never came.

Fell asleep not long after these mood lighting effects were put on:




When I woke up almost five hours had passed:



And my lemon meringue pie had long been taken away.

So I ordered a mid-night snack instead, which I was told would take about 15 minutes. In the meantime I took a few shots of the seat in bed mode, which I didn’t get to use on the previous day-time J flight from SIN:





It was a very comfortable bed, and the cabin temperature was just right for me.

Before long this came:

A simple thing in and of itself really, but a lovely ‘perk’ when flying trans-con in J. The wontons were plump and delicious, and the greens, the broth and the noodles really hit the spot.

After a few TV shows I’d downloaded on my laptop, and into my second movie from the IEF, this was the view outside:

It didn’t last more than an hour though, seeing that we were on a northerly route.

90 minutes out of YYZ it was time for the brunch service:

Guava smoothie and a coffee.

A nice fruit plate:


Hot items on a cart again:


My dimsum main course:


Should have asked for my lemon meringue pie back actually, but it was getting close to final descent when we were done.

Long though the sector was – 14:45 nose up to nose down – it passed very comfortably and more quickly than I’d envisioned, which of course was the function of flying in J. I appreciate the fact that I was able to do that, and hope it won’t be too long before the next opportunity comes!

Thanks for reading - any comments would be welcome!

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ah...CX's J lounges in HKG. second to few.

just wish they had some char sui bolo bao in the lounges...my daughter loves those...they can be hard to find.

wonton min is soo good on CX. they do not skimp on the shrimp. i have found i usually miss out on the special noodles but always happy with the wonton min.

must be the unusual chop over the great lakes. find it always can be bad.

nice TR. very orderly in HKG on boarding. must be mostly canadians...
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Originally Posted by Capricorn70 View Post

The tallest building on Kowloon side I think, and it lights up at night with moving light-pictures.
FWIW, this (International Commerce Centre) is the tallest building in Hong Kong, period.
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ah...CX's J lounges in HKG. second to few.

just wish they had some char sui bolo bao in the lounges...my daughter loves those...they can be hard to find.

wonton min is soo good on CX. they do not skimp on the shrimp. i have found i usually miss out on the special noodles but always happy with the wonton min.

must be the unusual chop over the great lakes. find it always can be bad.

nice TR. very orderly in HKG on boarding. must be mostly canadians...
Thanks - there weren't any roast pork buns in the different lounges I visited on this trip, but the variety of dimsum I saw was nice and varied.

The wonton noodles on board were actually something I'd made a point of trying, from having seen various TR's of them, and I'm very happy to say I wasn't disappointed.

The lines at gate 3 were very well organised indeed, although I didn't really see how it all pan out, since I got on board early.

The chops started soon after take-off, so it'd be off the coast of Japan and in the north Atlantic, which wouldn't be unusual this time of year either. Still annoyed that I missed my pie


Originally Posted by kevincrumbs View Post
FWIW, this (International Commerce Centre) is the tallest building in Hong Kong, period.
Thanks - it's a shame I didn't get more night-time pix of the building and its pretty lights besides these:





Taken from a restaurant's patio in Causeway Bay on the island side.

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The CX lounge in HKG is probably one of the best lounges in the world! In your opinion which CX Lounge is the best - Wing or Bridge?
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The CX lounge in HKG is probably one of the best lounges in the world! In your opinion which CX Lounge is the best - Wing or Bridge?
Right now I think it's a draw: I love the high ceiling at the Wing, and because of that it feels brighter, but the Bridge has a nice cozy feel to it, with warm lighting, especially in the reading room section. Both had great views of the tarmac for plane spotting. Food wise I think on that afternoon the Bridge had a slightly better variety, but the Wing had Dan-dan noodles! So, an embarrassment of riches really.
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Hong Kong is fascinating. Can not wait to visit later next year.

Have never travelled with Cathy but looks great particularly the lounges. I hope star alliance can compete.
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A very nice review of The Bridge there Capricorn70

I'd agree with your comments that The Wing is very nice indeed especially for the food

The Bridge certainly has a more relaxing feel to it as well as giving a good view of the Apron. I would do it in that order again the next time I am there.

I did a Trip report on this forum featuring The Bridge which is here and also below shortly after it opened.

Photos of the new Cathay Pacific Lounge at Hong Kong- 'The Bridge'

(Not that I am comparing but these were taken at night time. I found your photos excellent and shows the place much, much better in the daytime and nice to see the different angles from mine)

When I was there the pillars with The Bridge at the top of the escalator weren't there (IIRC!) as I had a little trouble finding it at first.

A great city and thank you for taking the time to post this. Very useful.

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