Long transit time between connecting flights in Hong Kong? Fancy doing something other than sitting in the airport? Here's our guide for the best layovers in Hong Kong, depending on how much time you've got.
Four hours or under
You probably don't have enough time for a proper visit to the city, so if you don't already have access to a lounge in Hong Kong with your ticket, frequent flyer membership or Priority Pass, consider buying your way into one of the Plaza Premium Lounges.
Each lounge (there are three inside the transit area) costs around A$50 for a two-hour pass, and $70 for a five hour pass.
If you're tired, spend an extra few dollars on a "Private Resting Area", which is essentially a mini hotel room. Three hours of use, plus a shower, will set you back about A$60. The buffet area with food and drinks is another A$13.
Eight hours or over
An eight-hour layover is long enough that a jaunt into the city makes sense. You probably won't even need a visa, and you'll still have time for a shower in the airport before your connecting flight. (It's Hong Kong. For a good part of the year, you'll need that shower.)
An old favourite if the weather is clear is the Ngong Ping cable car. The Po Lin Buddhist Monastery and the enormous Tian Tan Buddha are within easy walking distance of Ngong Ping and the views are fantastic.
The Tung Chung end of the cable car is only a ten minute (A$6) taxi ride from the airport in either a blue (Lantau) or red (urban) taxi. The cable car operates M-F 10-6 and 9-6.30 on weekends.
Further into the centre of town, we've stuck to accessible and easy-to-find Tsim Sha Tsui for our recommendations, but of course there's all of Hong Kong to explore.
Don't forget, if you have bags to check for your onward flight, you can check them in at the airport train station in town when you arrive from the airport. That means you won't have to carry them with you -- a real bonus.
There's nothing quite like a ferry ride to clear that stuffy long-haul flight air out of your head. Tsim Sha Tsui to Central is the quintessential Hong Kong harbour trip, and it's nearly free -- A$ 50c or so. For a longer excursion, try hopping on and off the Star Ferries to Wan Chai and Hung Hom. Ferries leave every 15-20 minutes and are only a few dollars each leg.
For a drink with a view after dark, try the Lobby Lounge at the InterContinental. It's a bit staid in the daytime, but the view once the lights start coming up is fantastic. Perfect for a glass of something at wine o'clock, and they make a mean martini too.
If you're up for dropping some reasonably serious cash on a meal with a view, Aqua is one of Hong Kong's hottest spots. Where else can you get Italian-Japanese fusion looking out over the harbour?
What's your favourite Hong Kong layover spot? Let us know in the comments.
About John Walton
Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.