After our pleasant visit to the Silver Kris Lounge early this morning we boarded our Upper Deck seats in UA's 747 flying to Hong Kong on its way to the U.S. We enjoyed another typically terrific Asian-based crew and the four-hour flight, while a little bumpy in spots, was enjoyable.
Once we arrived at HKG we experienced a half-hour lineup at Immigration, not at all bad for a major airport. After some vacillating, we decided to buy a special Octopus Card (public transit) for tourists, that includes trips both ways on the Airport Express, and three consecutive days of public transit. We'll have to confirm whether or not we can "top up" this card for additional travel but it appears to be a reasonable deal.
We rode the Airport Express train into Hong Kong's Central district,the third stop, then got off and waited about 15 minutes for the free airport shuttle bus. The Conrad is the second stop on the H1 route. Once we arrived at the Conrad, we were quickly whisked up the Executive Lounge, where Eunice herself, the manager so highly regarded by fellow FlyerTalkers, checked us in. She's just as friendly and hospitable as we've heard.
We're sitting in the Lounge a bit after 1:00 p.m. local awaiting our room and enjoying a rather incredible view, even on a cloudy (foggy?) day, of a portion of the harbor.
Later today we'll do a little wandering around but for now it's fun just to relax after 10,000 or so miles of flying over the past few days.