Things to Do on a Stopover in Hong Kong
In transit through Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) for a few hours or overnight? No problem, there are plenty of entertaining things to do from anywhere between two to 24 hours. Plan for a couple of hours to get through immigration, customs and store luggage (see below).
A secure short-term baggage storage facility is located on Level 3 of Terminal 2 and is open every day between 05:30 and 01:30. Storage rates run by the hour or at a daily rate, whichever is less and compare well globally. The facility is located at Shop 001, Level 3, Terminal 2 (Tel. +852 2261 0110).
1. UA IMAX Airport Theatre and Aviation Discovery Center (2 hours)
Quick and easy entertainment for a couple of hours is the IMAX Theatre, on Level 6, Terminal 2, which is accessible from anywhere within the airport and is open from 11am to 10pm. IMAX (Image Maximum) is a motion picture film standard which displays images of far greater size and resolution. It’s the world's most immersive movie experience watching either IMAX 2D or IMAX 3D movies ( Tel +852 3516 8811).
Also on the 6th floor of Terminal 2 is the Aviation Discovery Centre (ADC) which tracks aviation history in Hong Kong through themed exhibits and attractions including the SkyDeck, and Cockpit Simulator.
2. The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and Big Buddha (6 hours)
The Big Buddhais a top three tourist attraction in Hong Kong and is close to the airport. Take the S1 bus at the airport to nearby Tung Chung and upon arriving at the bus station, walk over the foot bridge to the well sign-posted NP360 Cable Car. A visually spectacular 25 minute ride over nearly 6 kilometers crosses Tung Chung Bay and climbs over 500 meters to Ngong Ping and the Big Buddha. Vistas of the South China Sea and rolling grassland slopes of Lantau’s country parks replace the urban back drop as the ride offers a breathtaking panorama of the airport. At the end of the line is the largest outdoor, seated bronze Buddha in the World and a 360-degree view of the Ngong Ping plateau.
3. Hong Kong Disneyland (12 hours)
Hong Kong Disneyland is probably the smallest of all Disney's parks but still has six theme "lands", including Fantasy, Tomorrow and Adventure Lands as well as a Main Street USA, identical to Anaheim's Disneyland.
If an overnight layover is an option, there are two hotels at Hong Kong Disneyland offering various facilities - Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel or Disneyland's Hollywood Hotel. Hong Kong Disneyland is about 20 minutes by taxi from the airport and Entry fees are around US$60 per adult (12-64), US$40 for kids (3-11) with seniors at 65 and over getting the best deal at US$12.
4. Airport Hotels
Competitively priced 5 star luxury is available at the Regal Airport Hotel which is directly connected to the passenger terminal of the airport by an enclosed bridge and is only minutes from the AsiaWorld-Expo Convention Centre.
There's no shortage of facilities with 6 bars and restaurants and a complete range of recreational facilities featuring a luxurious spa with extensive massage menu, as well as outdoor and indoor heated swimming pools. Hotel Novotel Hong Kong Citygate is 5 minutes from the Airport by taxi and is popular with transit passengers as it is located within the Citygate shopping mall. The Tung Chung mass transit rail (MTR) station is a 5 minute walk through the mall from the hotel and from here it is only 40 minutes to Hong Kong’s city centre or 15 minutes to Hong Kong Disneyland.
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I updated this article on February 16, 2014
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