Lantau Travel Guide

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Jaunted Contest: Win a Ticket to Hong Kong in Cathay Pacific's New Premium Economy

Where: Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
May 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

**UPDATE: CONTEST HAS ENDED**

"I'm going to Hong Kong."

Practice saying it. You have our permission to modify it to "I'm going to Hong m*thaf*ckin' Kong." They're five simple words and yet speaking them means you're about to jet into one of the world's most complex and colorful cities. Never been to Hong Kong? It's time. Been to Hong Kong before? It's time to go again. And we'll take you there.

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's official airline and one we personally get excited to fly, has just introduced Premium Economy to their long-haul fleet and we've got a ticket to give away!

It's a super easy contest—no video pleas or written essays required—just be psyched to fly 16-ish hours in comfort for free, to the other side of the world. Enter here:

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The Little Things: Dan Dan Mien on Cathay Pacific

Where: Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
May 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Cathay Pacific's Dan Dan Mien noodles served in all of their airport lounges.

For China and Hong Kong-based flyers on Cathay Pacific, stepping onboard the aircraft means the start of a journey home. If you're flying in Business or First Class however, that feeling comes even earlier, when you're in one of Cathay's own airport lounges and ordering the Dan dan mien from the Noodle Bar.

Dan dan mien is a spicy noodle dish flavored with chilli, peanut, scallions, pork or chicken, sesame oil and soy, plus a few more ingredients here and there. Aside from being a staple of Sichuan cuisine, it's a staple in Cathay lounges and something for which frequent flyer's mouths start watering the moment they flash their boarding passes to enter a CX space.

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Inside 'The Wing': Cathay Pacific's Totally Redesigned Flagship Lounge at HKG

Where: Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
May 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're typing this while sitting at a bar, a bar overlooking half of the apron and one of the busy runways at Hong Kong International Airport. The view is unparalleled, a frequent flyer sweet secret, and it's only found on the upper level at Cathay Pacific's Business Class lounge The Wing.

The Wing itself is nothing new, but the layout and amenities of the place have recently been totally revamped, updated and kitted out with designer furniture, power outlets where you want them, and classic Asian touches like towering bamboo stalks. Even before the renovation, The Wing ranked as one of our favorite airline lounges in the world. Now, with the addition of a cozier lower level, a "Coffee Loft," and sexy wire Eames chairs, our heart starts racing at the thought of spending a few hours within its walls.

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The Country That Put an Airport on Its Currency

Where: Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
April 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM | by | Comment (1)

Countries love to put dead people and big monuments on their currency; it's just a thing, Costa Rica's badass shark bills being an excellent exception. That said, we fully admit to flipping over bills in the hopes that something fresher, newer will be featured. Hong Kong (a "Special Administrative Region," not really a country) currently takes that prize, as we just today noticed that the rear of some of the 500 HKD bills ($64.45 USD) feature Chek Lap Kok/Hong Kong International Airport.

Sweeeeeet.

It only makes sense for Hong Kong to place HKIA so prominently; they built a whole island to house the freaking thing and the documentary on it—"Extreme Engineering: Building Hong Kong's Airport"—is a must-Netflix show. And don't get us started on the infamous aviation heritage of HK. Two words: Kai Tak.

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The 'Twisted Donut Ricesheet Roll' is Must-Have Airport Food at HKG

Where: Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
April 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM | by | Comment (1)

You know, we were just going to Instagram this and call it a day, but our dinner this evening in the Arrivals Hall at Hong Kong International Airport deserves so much more than that, especially when we're talking about a dish named "Twisted Donut Ricesheet Roll."

Now, we thought we knew Hong Kong Airport's food offerings pretty well, until we noticed a little side counter to the left of the larger Burger King. This place, Ocean Empire, is a small branch of a large Hong Kong-area chain. They specialize in congee, but the bilingual menu drew our attention to other items, and we saw it: the twisted donut thingamabob.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Shark's Fin-Flavor Pretzel Sticks of Hong Kong

August 19, 2011 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

Do you like pretzel sticks? Come on! Who doesn't down a pretzel stick here and there—they're easy snacks and, if you're in Asia, the variety of flavors could keep you trying something new every week. In this case, we're focusing on the uber-popular brand Pretz, from the same Japanese company beyond the even more beloved sweeter snack sticks, Pocky.

You'll find Pretz virtually everywhere in the more common flavors of plain, tomato, shrimp and cheese, but the cities often have their own limited-edition, palate-specific flavors. In Hong Kong, these are Shark's Fin soup, Seafood and Abalone.

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Inside and All Around CX City: Cathay Pacific's World Headquarters

May 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever stood in the modern glass atrium of the headquarters of one of the world's top airlines? It's an impressive experience, to say the least, as it was for us recently when we spent an afternoon touring CX CIty, aka the home of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific just outside of Chek Lap Kok Airport (HKG) on Lantau Island.

On the outside, CX City (or Cathay City, whichever), is a quiet and seemingly calm business block. Step inside, however, and you're immediately engulfed in the energy of a company that's got places to go and airplanes to fly. Flight attendants in their sharp red skirt suits powerwalk past, desk workers grab a candy bar from the atrium shop before going back to tweaking graphic design on an in-flight meal napkin, and pilots grab a post-flight beer in the pub.

It's an electric place, and the international ease is obvious; these people you see now could be in the sky over the Arctic in several hours, serving ramen noodles to anxious passengers on their flight long-haul. Can you tell we were kind of in heaven?

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In-Flight Cocktail of the Month: The 'Cathay Delight'

February 4, 2011 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

As many already know, we have a serious obsession with airline cocktails, and so much is our passion that we've created a whole first-Friday-of-the-month feature called In-Flight Cocktail of the Month, which highlights the special concoctions that flight attendants whip up with only a cocktail shaker, some tiny liquor bottles and a whole lot of hope that it won't make you drunk and unruly.

It's been a long winter already, and we're already drunk more hot toddies and ciders than we'd care to share. Thus, it's time to switch gears and daydream about more tropical libations, say...from places where the temperature is 70 degrees today instead of 7; a place like Hong Kong! And after drinking through Chinese New Year, we're more than ready for a glass of Cathay Delight, a non-alcoholic cocktail offered up on many Cathay Pacific flights from HK.

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