Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kai Tak Runway Park

At the beginning of the summer, my husband and I were looking at cruises that launched out of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.  Either the tickets (+suites) were sold out for the dates that we were available or the prices were way out of our price range.  We decided to head to Macau instead.

A few months ago, I just kept thinking about what a bummer it was to not be able to take a cruise this summer…we totally have to book a longer time in advance next summer.  (Finger's crossed!)

Low and behold, one of our extended family members sprung on us that he was hosting a huge birthday celebration at one of the restaurants at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal…

I guess it was Fate calling to us that we had better jump on the opportunity to see what the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal was all about.

Getting out here was quite the distance for us.  We rode the MTR all the way out to Kowloon Bay MTR Station, exited into Telford Plaza, found minibus stop No. 86, and rode the minibus out to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.  It was actually the same place where we'd visited the Wine and Dine Festival last year.

The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is where the old Hong Kong International Airport used to be.  The other cool thing about the Cruise Terminal is that one of the runways was turned into a park.

We got here at sunset and discovered a lot of people picnicking, playing music, playing with children, and just having gatherings along the grassy patches of the park.

There were no cruise ships really close by, but there were two or three that were anchored a bit aways in Kowloon Bay.

Around the park, there are little homages to the old Kai Tak International Airport, which is pretty fascinating to see and read about.

While we were out there watching the sun set, we also saw a play flying overhead towards the newer Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island.

This runway, where the park was built on, was known as runway "one-three."  I thought it was pretty awesome that "1-3" was featured as a statement of the past airport.

This was such a nice little serene spot to chill and stroll around before heading into a massive birthday celebration of a thousand people whom I hardly know!

Hong Kong is such a small city, but I still have a lot of ground to cover!