Airports aren’t exactly the ideal destinations for hanging out, but you may want to make an exception for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
Voted as the World’s Best Airport by Smart Travel Asia and Best Airport in China by Business Traveller China Awards, HKIA has a diverse range of amazing and fun activities for everybody, not to mention an array of delicious cuisines as one of the world’s food cities.
Aside from the usual activities, such as free WiFi, here are 9 fun ways to spend your time at HKIA:
1. Take a flight at Aviation Discovery Centre
Have you ever wondered what makes HKIA one of the world’s best airports, or thought about specifics of airplane models or flight times? Then the Aviation Discovery Centre is your answer.
A small museum in Terminal 2’s SkyMall, it is filled with interactive and theme-based exhibits that unveil the history of HKIA and wonders of aviation. Several highlights include the commercial cockpit and flight stimulator that lets visitors taste the moments of being a pilot.
Aviation Discovery Centre, Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), 1 Sky Plaza Road.
2. Enjoy crispy milk tea at Tsui Wah Restaurant:
Bold and popular, Tsui Wah Eatery is one of Hong Kong’s busiest restaurants with its delicious mash up of Hong Kong styled Western food. Savour the famous crispy bun (a toasted bun with condensed milk), a cup of traditional milk tea, or try the imitation abalone macaroni, Hainan chicken rice, and meatless menu.
Tsui Wah Eatery, Shop 7E180, Departures East Hall L7, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport.
3. Golf at SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course:
Adjacent to Asia World Expo close to Terminal 2, Nine Eagles is the ideal challenge for golfers with its nine-hole course. Inspired by the 17th hole at Tournament Players Club in Sawgrass, Florida, it has a unique design – including the “Island Green” design at Hole 7 that features an island lake and “Extended Bunkering” design at Hole 3, over a sand area to a raised green.
Nine Eagles provides world-class golf experience to all visitors. It also boasts lighting for playing golf at night.
SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course, 20 Sky City Road East, Lantau, Hong Kong.
4. Catch a movie at UA IMAX @ Airport:
Originally known as 4D extreme screen, UA IMAX cinema boasts a super-sized screen stretching 64 ft. by 44 ft. The cinema shows 3D, 35mm, and “4D” movies, with special effects including snowfall, fog, bubbles, lights, and water spray.
UA IMAX @ Airport, Shop 6059, Level 6, Terminal 2, Hong Kong International Airport.
5. Pamper yourself at the Plaza Premium Lounge:
The newest addition to HKIA, the Plaza Premium Lounge is the vision of leading designer Kinney Chan of KCA. The Plaza Premium Lounge offers spa, massage, and shower services for all visitors. There are also Wi-Fi stations, food and beverages, and business centre facilities to cater to your needs. Plaza Premium Lounge is open 24 hours.
Plaza Premium Lounge, Level 7, Departures Hall, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport (Use the escalator or lift near Gate 40).
6. Grab a Lou Po Beng (wife cake) and Chinese pastries at Kee Wah Bakery:
Shopping for last minute gifts or trying to satisfy your sweet tooth? Head to Kee Wah Bakery for its famous wife cake, a Cantonese pastry made from watermelon, almond paste, sesame, and five spice powder. They also serve egg tarts, pineapple shortcakes, and more. These pastries are available in wrapped gift packs that make unique gifts as well.
Kee Wah Bakery, Shop 7T095, Level 7, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport.
7. Find the trick art installations:
Eight pieces of optical illusion art are hidden around the departure levels of Terminal 1, all of which have local themes including lion dances, goldfish market, and Cantonese Opera. Come experience the art hunt and take pictures with 3D images. If you are in the departures gate, you may also catch the Cantonese Opera and Bruce Lee exhibitions around Gates 22 and 62 in Terminal 1.
Gates 20, 23, 28, 29, 33, and Departures East and West Halls, Level 6, Terminal 1 (restricted area), Hong Kong International Airport.
8. Gaming at I-Sports:
Tucked in the SkyMall in Terminal 2, I-Sports is an arcade with a wide range of the latest interactive and simulation games.
Experience racing with switching gears and multi-player settings on the Initial D4 car racing game, be a star football player with World Club Champion Football European Clubs, reminisce with the excitement of Street Fighter and Tekken, or try an exciting 3D pirate adventure.
I-Sports, Shop 6003, Level 6, Terminal 2, Hong Kong International Airport.
9. Savour tea at Fook Ming Tong Tea Shop:
Blending traditional Chinese tea culture with a modern twist, Fook Ming Tong Tea Shop has comprehensive collections of tea, from red teas such as Pu Erh and Oolong, to herbal teas such as osmanthus flower and jasmine.
Stocked with unique assortments of teapots, teacups, and other accessories (and free tastings), Fook Ming Tong Tea Shop provides a glimpse of the importance of tea in Chinese culture with its plethora of flavours.
Immerse yourself in flavours for different occasions and from different regions, or try herbal remedies that promote better health. Fook Ming Tong Tea Shop’s authentic collection has something for everyone.
Fook Ming Tong Tea Shop, Shop 7E143, Level 7, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport
Shop 5P100, Level 5, Terminal 2, Hong Kong International Airport.