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There are more options of restaurants etc. (at generally better prices) if you pass through security and immigration. Only passengers can enter the terminal at the moment (documents and tickets are checked outside the terminal building) so there is very little chance of disruption within the terminal buildings. You’re a few days too early to see Lion King ...


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Enjoy a nice lunch at one of the restaurants. 3 hours at any international airport is not enough time to leave. 30-60 minutes to deal with immigration, same again on the return (security, be at gate 30 minutes before departure etc. etc.) leaves you with an hour. Given HKG's location you won't be going anywhere.


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Walking directions for Google maps says yes, it's possible: https://goo.gl/maps/MVoPY 57 min, 4.6 km from Airport station to the center of Tung Chung. Now I haven't tried this myself, and walking directions remain officially in beta... but a random Street View sampling indicates that the suggested route does have pedestrian walkways of some kind, including ...


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While I understand your reluctance to go to downtown Hong Kong at this time, one of the major tourist attractions is right by the airport. You can get there without entering or passing through any of the main commercial, educational or similar areas that have been the focus of protest, or taking public transit. The attraction is the Ngong Ping cable car ...


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On paper it's theoretically possible, in reality -- having flown into, out of and through HK a fair amount -- I doubt it will work unless you're extremely lucky. Assuming you want to get to your departure gate thirty minutes before take-off then you have 150 minutes of spare time. You might push that to getting to your gate twenty minutes before take off ...


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Hong Kong airport is on an island. There is nothing else on that islands except an exhibition center and related activities (ferry terminal, hotel, …). In order to go anywhere interesting, you need to cross to the neighboring island of Lantau, Tung Chung being the first neighborhood when going from the airport to anywhere overland. While I think there is a ...


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It's going to be quite short, but should be doable. Whether it's sensible is another matter. Consider the following, though: your incoming flight may of course be late time to disembark (if you're in the last row of an A380, that could take a while) time to get to immigration checks (may be 2 minutes or 15 depending on your arrival gate, possibly more — ...


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Consider going to Macau: It seems that the risk the OP is mentioning for not leaving Hong Kong Airport is the 2019 Hong Kong protests. While that risk is in reality pretty close to none, if you still do not wish to enter Hong Kong, then you can instead go to Macau. Macau is quite small so within ~10 hours you'll have easily seen most major landmarks. One ...


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Obviously "best" is always subjective and depends on the particular person, but... Having done 1-day stopover trips in Hong Kong a few times over the past few years (including a 22 hour stopover there 2 weeks ago!), my vote would be for the area on one side or other of Victoria Harbour - either the Kowloon/Nathan road area on the north side, or Causeway Bay/...


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You can do so at the MTR service counters, but you will get the money back immediately only if there is less than 500 HKD on the card and the card is not damaged. There are several such service counters at the airport: At the airport, the Customer Service Centres can be found in the "buffer halls", after baggage reclaim and before entering the arrival ...


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Regal Airport Hotel bills itself as a transit hotel but it is actually landside, so you do need to clear immigration to reach it (and thus you also need to fill out and bring a printed copy of your Pre-Arrival Registration). The hotel can be reached by a covered walkway from the Terminal 1 arrivals hall after you go through the customs channel. AFAIK there ...


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While I never tried to bring alcohol to Australia from Hong Kong personally, there are plenty of reports saying it's not possible. I have never seen the required duty-free sealed packages in Hong Kong on the airport. Both this report from 2012 and this one here from last year say that it's impossible. Also this here from August this year confirms that. I ...


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I have a 4 hour stopover Which is not enough time to do much outside any major airport, especially on foot. Assuming the 4 hours is arrival to departure time, consider the following: get off airplane walk to immigration, wait in line walk to airport door. We are now at 30 minutes, more likely 60 leave airport property You have already checked in for the ...


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Looks like the restricted area is restricted for the passengers only, so you will be in this area basically. The non-restricted are is where anyone can come from the city, and which is before border control and security checks (from the perspective of people arriving from the city). You can assume that you will not get to this area (unless you want to go ...


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According to the MTR website, you only pay 110HKD in total from Hong Kong Station if you return on the same day and use your Octopus card. This seems to be the cheapest option if you want to take the Airport Express. Otherwise, as B.Liu suggests in the comments, take the Tung Chung Line from Hong Kong Station to Tung Chung (23.6HKD) and then get on a bus ...


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You could sleep in a "relaxation chamber" ... which is not the same as checking into a hotel; nor is it one of the airport lounges. Quoting from the Sleeping in Airports guide for Hong Kong: Refreshhh by Aerotel – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, near Gates 35 and 60. Private “relaxation cabins” for single passengers that can rented in blocks of 1 – 6 ...


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I can only think of two that would be easy to get to: Citygate Outlets is about 25 minutes away by bus - a wide range of shops, restaurants etc. On that route there is also the Ancient Kiln Park and Hkia Hostorical Garden. Asiaworld-Expo centre is less than 10 minutes away - check out the link for events that will be on when you are there.


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If you are unhappy with the time factor of getting into Hong Kong city, consider as an alternative: the Ngong Ping Cable Car to the Big Buddha. The bottom of the cable car is a five minute taxi ride from the airport (you'll need a blue taxi). The cable car ride is 25 minutes, and the Big Buddha statue at the top well worth seeing. Allow a bit longer for ...


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When you arrive with the airport express you will be in an underground station 2 floors below the IFC Mall. There will be two exits: The one on the same level to a taxi station. The other one will be an escalator leading up to the airport express check-in on ground level. Go up the escalator 2 floors. There will be the check-in counter on one side of the ...


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There isn't a free public shuttle bus service to/from the airport. (There are, of course, normal paid public buses that serve HKIA.) What I think your relative may have gotten it confused with is complimentary hotel bus services that are reserved for guests. I'd recommend taking the HKIA Express though. It's a lot cheaper ($100) than getting a taxi and a ...


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Nothing to add to Gilles informative answer - it's fantastic information that there is a footbridge (but for the OP's question, a four hour stopover does appear to be too short). However, if you're staying at one of the the two airport hotels, such as the SkyCity Marriott, here's what would be a terrific "urban jog" which is a 10k, making the Novotel on the ...


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Cathay Pacific STPC (stopover paid by carrier) rules are here. They're dated from 2012 but I'm presuming they're still active. Passengers are NOT eligible for STPC when transfer in HKG is longer than 24hours. Since you have booked a stopover rather than a long, but required, connection, it appears you are not eligible.


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I suspect that you do need a transit visa. First of all, your travel agent is incorrect that "no passengers will be getting off"; it is possible to book travel on flight SQ1 from SFO to HKG only, with HKG as your final destination. You can try it out on the Singapore Airlines website. So this isn't a true technical stop. There will likely be people ...


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I have few things to add to Jcaron's answer. Returning your octopus card will cost you money. I'd advise on buying same day return airport express ticket. Second, exchange for some Hong Kong dollars and ask the MTR staff to change some coins for you, they're willing to do this in general. Third, you probably will hit peak hour traffic on your way, and you ...


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Simple, you walk. The distance between the two terminals are only about 100m apart.


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Google will find the opening hours and tell you that it closes at 6.30pm At other times the trip is possible in that amount of time, but busyness depends on time and season. You can reach the monastery and the Big Buddha without going up the cable car, but I don't know how long it takes to drive there.


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Assuming you are referring to these shuttles http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/services/complom_free_bus.html the answer is probably yes. I use them frequently and there is no kind of ticket or access control that I'm aware off. You just hop on at the hotel (or the station) and get off wherever you want. You don't need any MTR ticket or any sort of proof ...


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This is what I ended up doing: I took the 3am ferry from Macau to Hong Kong Island. Outside the ferry terminal I caught the N11 bus directly to the airport. It took about one hour and cost 31 HK$ (4 USD). It runs every 30 minutes, I took the 4:20am one. I was a bit concerned that 20 minutes may not be enough time to get from the ferry through immigration ...


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'Restricted area' are the shops near the departure gates, and if you stay within that area then you don't need to go through passport control. However, if you want to go into the non-restricted area then you will have to go through passport control. Hong Kong has fairly open rules for most nationalities and your get the visa as a stamp on-arrival (if you ...


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I've done this. There are clear signs at the station, as soon as you get off the train, directing you towards the shuttle buses. Just look for and follow the signs.


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