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My husband and I will be landing in HK from Toronto at 7:00pm and don't fly out of HK onto Cairns, Australia until the next night at 10:00pm - both flights are on Cathay Pacific. Can someone please tell me if I will have to pick up my luggage in HK and take it with me to my hotel for the night, or will it be checked through to my final destination in Cairns?
Also, if I do have to take my luggage with me, can someone PLEASE explain how the luggage drop off at an Airport Express station works? Something about sending it on a train back to the airport while we tour around. If this is reliable (although I'm sure it is - it IS Hong Kong after all; I just don't want to be screwed with not having my luggage arrive in Australia), what the cost is, and what the heck we have to do in order to drop off our luggage? We are staying at the Ibis Hong Kong Central Hotel.
Lastly, we are wanting to see/do the Peak tram as well as the Buddha Park the next day after we wake up, before heading to the airport. Do you feel as though we have enough time to see both - AND/OR what else would you recommend for that full day? We aren't adventurous food eaters and shopping is low on our list.
Thanks so much for your time and help in advance!!!
If you booked your flight directly from Cathay Pacific then you baggage should be booked all the way through w/out necessity to pick up luggage in HK.
If you booked separate legs - Cairn to Hong Kong and then booked another flight Hong Kong - Toronto then you would have to claim bags.
Peak Tram and Tian Tan (Big Buddha) are two of the most crowded and popular things to do in HK.
I suggest you get to each place as early as you can as the queues will be long.
Also, Tian Tan is in Lantau Island and quite a ways away. If you are pressed for time you might want to start off here.
We went on a fairly slow tourist season in June/July and still waited almost 1 1/2 hrs just to get to the top on the cable car then the climb to the Buddha once there.
Both times we've been to Victoria's Peak it has been between 1 - 2 hrs wait in line for the cable car.
Remember to allow at least 2 hrs and preferably 3 for checking in and continuing on to your final destination.
The airport is about 45 mins from your hotel.
I had a 17hour layover in HK about 10 weeks ago en route from Brisbane to Madrid. I went landside and stayed for about 13 hours in the Regal Hotel which is right next door to the main terminal. I had been told when making the hotel booking (done through a travel agent) that my hold baggage would be held over and would continue onto Madrid on my flight. Being a bit of a worrier, I double checked this when I checked in at Brisbane airport (I too was flying with Cathay Pacific). The ground staff assured me that my bag would be safely held over for a maximum of twenty four hours and since I was only going to be in HK for 17 hours then all was fine, which it was. In your case however, the layover is 27 hours which exceeds the 24 hours somewhat. In your situation, I think that I would check with the Cathay Pacific people when you check in at Cairns. I think you might find that you do indeed have to claim your baggage and check it in again when you are leaving HK.
It's best to check with CX. Regarding the Airport Express, I've taken it a few times and it's very reliable and convenient. Just drop off your luggage at Hong Kong station (it works exactly like if you are at the airport). You can stay in the city for longer, walk around, or have a meal. Then take the train to the airport. No need to go to the check in counter at the airport afterwards. There is no fee - it is part of the train fare.
Thank you so much everyone for your time in answering my questions! It sounds like I need to follow up with Cathay Pacific to find out exactly if I need to stop and get my luggage, or head straight on to my hotel instead.
Also, some great advice about the line ups for each of the sites that we want to see. I thought we'd be starting with The Peak and then going to the Big Buddha because Lantau Island is closer to the airport - but maybe I'll need to reevaluate.
Thank you again!