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Hong Kong Flowers Airport Lounge

24 March 2010

Last day in Hong Kong

My flight isnt until 8pm, but I have to check out by 10am, I can leave my baggage at the hotel though so thats ok, but my feet are very sore, so it could be a long day!
Of course, I decide the best plan is just to walk around constantly until around 4pm, then head to the airport, which was quite painful!
I wandered in the other direction from my hotel, which I thought was away from all the action, and to my surprise ended up in a much nicer area of Hong Kong, should have gone there sooner. I happened upon a flower show, not my kind of thing but might be nice to sit down and look at for a while, and it only cost a dollar to get in so why not.
It was fairly disappointing, I think it was one of the last days and most of the things were dead.
For the remainder of the day I wandered around malls, stopped for coffee and enjoyed comfortable seating, and tried to buy crap to take home and failed.

Eventually it was time to go to the airport, collecting my bags was fine, the Holiday Inn Express was very impressive with their efficiency at check in/out, bag storage, room cleaning, I would stay there again (enough of that, they arent paying me).
Getting to the airport was super fast, I had allowed 100 minutes, but it took 25 to get there, which included changing trains.
Unfortunately this meant I was there quite early, I had assumed I wouldnt be the first qantas flight and would be able to check in, but I assumed wrong, and now I had to wait for qantas staff to arrive. That was ok, I could hang out in a cathay arrivals lounge until then and enjoy free everything.
That got boring after a while so I wandered around the airport prior to check in, and ate some chocolates from Ichi Ban, all the time lugging my huge heavy bag, but by now I could check in.
The whole process of check in, customs, security was very smooth and fast (this has been a theme of my whole trip, and people complain a lot about this lately??).
I settled into the qantas first lounge, they had a haagen daz ice cream bar, with all the flavours in little tubs to choose from, so I had one, and some nuts, and some fruit, and generally ate too much.
After 3 diet cokes, it was time to wander the airport post check in, much easier now that I dont have my bag anymore, I didnt buy anything but I like to wander, so despite my sore feet I walked the length and breadth of the airport.

Hong Kong-Flowers-Airport-Lounge - Entrance to the disappointing flower show.

Entrance to the disappointing flower show.


Hong Kong-Flowers-Airport-Lounge - Dying flowers.

Dying flowers.


Hong Kong-Flowers-Airport-Lounge - Enough of the flowers already.

Enough of the flowers already.


Hong Kong-Flowers-Airport-Lounge - OK one more - squid flower, it moved.

OK one more - squid flower, it moved.


Hong Kong-Flowers-Airport-Lounge - Even inside shopping malls, bamboo scaffolding is employed.

Even inside shopping malls, bamboo scaffolding is employed.


Hong Kong-Flowers-Airport-Lounge - This is unusual, I have mentioned the low crime rate in Hong Kong, I have seen something like this more than once, someone has chained their suitcase

This is unusual, I have mentioned the low crime rate in Hong Kong, I have seen something like this more than once, someone has chained their suitcase to the fence, probably while they go to a meeting nearby.


Hong Kong-Flowers-Airport-Lounge - Inside Hong Kong airport.

Inside Hong Kong airport.


Hong Kong-Flowers-Airport-Lounge - My snack in the lounge.

My snack in the lounge.


Hong Kong-Flowers-Airport-Lounge - View out of the lounge window was great.

View out of the lounge window was great.


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