Hong Kong Travel Guide

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Why Isn't Hong Kong Stamping Passports Anymore?

Where: Hong Kong
November 10, 2014 at 6:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a certain smugness that comes with flipping through a passport full of stamps from all over the world. Unfortunately for travelers who enjoy that feeling, stamps from Hong Kong are no longer part of the action.

Forgive us for being super late on this news, but Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) started dispensing little slips of paper in place of stamps in March 2013, with a full goodbye to stamps in December 2013. It wasn't until our most recent visit last month that we were alerted to the change, and looked at this tiny piece of paper like a step backwards.

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The 10 Small Things Cathay Pacific Does to Make Economy Class Special

Where: Hong Kong
November 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

"OMG, you're going to have such a great time" isn't the typical response to someone saying they're about to spend over 14 hours on a plane...in Economy.

Alack and alas, we find ourselves reacting in this way when said travel involves flying Cathay Pacific.

Since Cathay Pacific is based in Hong Kong, a "Special Administrative Region" under China and only 426 square miles in size, it has no domestic flights. Every flight from Hong Kong International Airport is truly international, and thus Cathay is an airline completely equipped for long-haul travel, with a fleet of all wide-body aircraft. On top of that, Cathay only introduced their new Economy seats in 2012, so the interiors aren't as tired as you may have come to expect from long-haul aircraft.

While other airlines may offer some of these perks, it's Cathay's particular ratio of comfort to friendliness that may help travelers be least anxious about spending a 14-16 hour nonstop in coach.

How Cathay Pacific makes Economy Class special:

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Is Travel to Hong Kong Still Safe? An Update from the 'Umbrella Revolution'

October 7, 2014 at 10:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

As the "Umbrella Revoltution" in Hong Kong continues into its second week, is it still safe to visit the city?

Last week we said yes, and this week we stand by that verdict, but now have the first-hand experience to back it up since arriving to HK a couple days ago.

Things we have not seen: violence, police, more than a few closed roads, loud demonstrating.

Things we have seen: signs, a wall of post-it notes with inspirational quotes and Tupac song lyrics, protesters napping or reading in the midday sun, and news crews desperate for new video footage.

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Is Travel to Hong Kong Safe Right Now?

September 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

In light of this week's mass protests and #OccupyCentral movement in the heart of Hong Kong, some travelers may be worried about disruptions to their travel plans.

Approximately 70 people were arrested in Saturday's protests, and Sunday saw the movement spread to Kowloon, in the always-busy Mongkok neighborhood. An excellent and quick explainer of what's happening in Hong Kong can be found at CNN.com, and also via video on Vox.com. What's most important to remember is that the protesters are not violent; it's about voices, presence, and future freedoms for Hong Kong.

So, should you go? Yes, absolutely still travel to Hong Kong, but do know these things:

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Inside the Brand New Qantas Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport

June 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport is not a bad place to spend a few hours pre-departure. In fact, it’s high on our list of favorite airports around, especially if you’re flying in a premium cabin on Cathay Pacific or another oneworld airline for the excellent airline lounge options. We just took you inside a private Cabana in the flagship “The Wing” First Class lounge and the latest Cathay addition “The Bridge,” and are finishing up with the even newer Qantas lounge, which arrived in April.

Located on level 7, but at the opposite end of Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge, the new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge brings the previous underground Business Class Lounge up to where its separate First Class Lounge used to be, redesigning the whole space in the process. It's huge for a dedicated airline lounge at an airport where there already are a range of oneworld alliance lounge options, and it seats up to 300 passengers at a time.

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Inside a First Class Cabana at Cathay Pacific's 'The Wing' Hong Kong Airport Lounge

June 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong gets a lot of love from us for many reasons, not least among which is its awesome airport, Chek Lap Kok. No matter how you pass through HKG, you’re likely to have a pleasant experience, but this being the home of Cathay Pacific, flying in a premium cabin or having the right status with oneworld alliance means you’re in for a real treat.

The airline lounges here are among the best in existence, and they're regularly updated with the newest lounge niceties. When we flew out of Hong Kong earlier this month, we made sure to build in enough time to explore them all. Naturally we first aimed straight for the top, with the private cabanas in the redesigned Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class lounge.

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Inside Cathay Pacific's New 'The Bridge' Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport

May 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport is not a bad place to spend a few hours pre-departure. In fact, it’s high on our list of favorite airports around, especially if you’re flying in a premium cabin on Cathay Pacific or another oneworld airline for the excellent airline lounge options. We just took you inside a private Cabana in the flagship “The Wing” First Class lounge and are continuing with the latest Cathay addition: “The Bridge”.

With “The Wing,” “The Pier,” and “The Cabin,” you’d think Cathay wouldn’t need another airline lounge, but they went ahead and did it anyway, opening “The Bridge” late last year. The lounge is located at the far end of the terminal, just after gates 35 and 36, "bridging" the base of the Y that the building splits into at this point.

The Bridge is a combined business & first class lounge, and depending on your departure gate it might be a bit of a longer walk / detour, but we’d likely seek out The Bridge regardless of proximity to our gate the next time we’re in Hong Kong – read on to find out why.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Cathay Pacific Business Class (Men)

Where: Hong Kong
April 22, 2014 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Traveling from North America or Europe to Hong Kong means a long flight no matter which way you play it, but it's HK's hometown airline Cathay Pacific that leads in premium plush to make the hours pass a little faster.

Up in business class, Cathay keeps passenger happy with lie-flat seats (all with aisle access), many-course meals complete with signature drinks, and luxe little amenity kits.

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Cathay Pacific's New Signature Sipper is Non-Alcoholic and Needing a Name

Where: Hong Kong
April 17, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you like drinking at 38,000 feet (who doesn't?) and have plans to pop over to Hong Kong, you may get a chance to sample Cathay Pacific's newest in-flight cocktail.

Similar to previous contests, which resulted in Cathay's other signature cocktails like the Cathay Delight, Pacific Sunrise, Cloud 9 and Oriental Breeze, this year's winner will be served in First and Business Class cabins. If you're a fan of the previous winning concoctions, don't worry as they'll still be on the cocktail menu.

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On Friday We Eat Dim Sum: 7 Tips for Hong Kong Tea Houses

Where: Hong Kong
March 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM | by | Comments (2)

Call it what you want: dim sum, yum cha, appetizers or small plates. Regardless of what rolls off your tongue when talking about it, Hong Kong's national dim sum dishes can be found all around the city and Tea Houses are where you'll want to go first to dig in.

One very popular and well-located tea house in the city is Lin Heung on Wellington Street in the Central District.

Now, this isn't your typical Chinese restaurant; it takes some subtle (and not so subtle) tips to navigate around the establishment. Walk into the corner building's ground floor bakery and head upstairs for a sit-down meal. Once you've made it this far, all you'll need are our Hong Kong tea house tips to finish out the meal:

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Why Australia Dairy Company Should Be Your First Foodie Stop in Hong Kong

Where: 47 Parkes Street, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
November 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tucked away down the busy streets of Hong Kong's colorful Kowloon neighborhood sits a gem of a restaurant called Australia Dairy Co.. To experience it requires a bit of planning and patience, not to mention some rejection of Western restaurant expectations, but it will be worth the while.

The unassuming shopfront might not catch the eye amongst the the overhanging signs and neon lights, but a window filled with single-serve glass bottles of milk means you've come to the right place.

The Australia Dairy Co. isn't an Australian restaurant, but is best known for an all-day breakfast that sometimes draws a line reaching all the way back to the next block. Since the kitchen serves up food pretty late and the menu stays the same, we'd recommend to head there for some late-night eats if the line looks daunting any other time of day.

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Why We Love Hong Kong's Airport So, So Much

Where: Hong Kong
November 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been to a few airports around the world and seen our fair share of those that are poorly designed or are operational nightmares. One airport that's the opposite of all that and manages to take our breath away is Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok.

As the world's 12th busiest airport, Hong Kong is a major hub linking the East to the West, so you can only imagine what kind of plane-spotting can be had. Cathay Pacific calls this place home, but other airlines make sure to show off some of their biggest and best aircraft as they parade around the terminal. If you're lucky to arrive flying Cathay in a premium cabin, you also get access to their arrival lounge.

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