|The train arriving at Kowloon Station|
|Nearing Olympic Station shortly after exiting the tunnel to Kowloon and Hong Kong Stations|
|Passing by a Tung Chung Line A-Stock train bound for Tung Chung at Nam Cheong Station|
|Crossing the Rambler Channel while approaching Tsing Yi Station|
|Pulling into Tsing Yi Station|
香港MTR 空港快速 E109編成 博覧館行き 青衣 (発車) ~ 欣澳 (通過) ~ 空港 (到着)
|An interior of the Airport Express train in a different carriage|
|The customer service counter in Track No. 3 of Hong Kong International Airport Station|
After a 28-minute journey from Central Hong Kong, I finally arrived at the AsiaWorld-Expo terminal at 12.48 p.m.. The train would then depart back to Central Hong Kong at 12.54 p.m.. However, I suddenly realised that I had yet to have a bathroom break. So I decided to stop for a short bathroom break at AsiaWorld-Expo and catch the 1.04 p.m. (13 04) Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong to Tsing Yi.
|The station platform of AsiaWorld-Expo Station with the 12.54 p.m. Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong|
|The ticketing gates at AsiaWorld-Expo Station|
|The South China Sea as seen from AsiaWorld-Expo Station|
|The passageway to the station platform of AsiaWorld-Expo Station|
By the time I was back on the platform, the Airport Express train, that would depart for Central Hong Kong at 1.04 p.m. (13 04), arrived at 12.58 p.m.. I then boarded the train through Car No. 7 (J411), found my usual seat, and settled in for the journey to Tsing Yi, which would take about 18 minutes.
I knew that my final Airport Express round of the day would terminate at Tsing Yi. Upon arrival at Tsing Yi Station, I would connect to the Tung Chung Line to get to Citygate Outlets Tung Chung.
The Tung Chung Line is one of the 10 MTR lines operating in Hong Kong. It mainly links Hong Kong Island with Tung Chung New Town in Lantau Island, close to Hong Kong International Airport. A part of the Tung Chung Line was constructed along the Tsing Ma Bridge and the Kap Shui Mun Bridge. It takes approximately 27 minutes between Central Hong Kong and Tung Chung New Town with the Tung Chung Line.
The Tung Chung Line currently uses 12 8-car A-Stock train sets, manufactured by Adtranz and CAF in Spain, and 4 8-car K-Stock train sets, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan and ROTEM consortium in South Korea.
At exactly 1.04 p.m. (13 04), the Airport Express train pulled out of AsiaWorld-Expo Station for a 28-minute journey to Central Hong Kong. I was then on my way to Tsing Yi Station. Here are some pictures and a video which will explain the second half of my second and final Airport Express round of the day.
|The Airport Express direction towards Central Hong Kong at AsiaWorld-Expo terminal|
|The station name plate of the AsiaWorld-Expo terminal station|
|The Airport Express Car No. 7 interior, where I usually sit in the direction towards Central Hong Kong|
|The empty Airport Express carry-on baggage rack while waiting for departure from AsiaWorld-Expo|
|The disused Airport Express station platform of AsiaWorld-Expo Station|
|Pulling into Hong Kong International Airport Station Track No. 2|
香港MTR 空港快速 J411編成 香港市内行き 香港国際空港駅から青衣駅間
After a journey of 18 minutes from AsiaWorld-Expo on the Airport Express, I finally arrived at Tsing Yi Station at 1.22 p.m. (13 22). I then alighted the train and decided to film a video of the trains departure before taking the elevator up to the Tung Chung Line platform towards the Disneyland Resort Line and Tung Chung.
Tsing Yi Station is an MTR station located in Tsing Yi Island, Hong Kong. It serves as an interchange station for the Airport Express and Tung Chung Line. Tsing Yi is also a major interchange for buses and taxis are situated on the side of the station. It is a hub for the New Territories, like Tsing Yi, Tuen Mun, and Tsuen Wan.
|The Airport Express Hong Kong-bound platform (Track No. 2) of Tsing Yi Station|
香港MTR 空港快速 K411~E111編成 香港市内行き 青衣駅から出発シーン
|The deserted Airport Express Hong Kong-bound platform (Track No. 2) of Tsing Yi Station|
|The ticket gates at the Hong Kong-bound Airport Express platform of Tsing Yi Station|
After I snapped the Airport Express departure video, I went out through the ticket gate and took the elevator up to the Tung Chung Line concourse of Tsing Yi Station. I was on the platform towards the Disneyland Resort Line and Tung Chung at 1.30 p.m., and waited for the train bound for Tung Chung to arrive.
|The Tung Chung Line concourse of Tsing Yi Station|
|The Tung Chung Line platform towards the Disneyland Resort Line and Tung Chung in Tsing Yi Station|
At 1.36 p.m. (13 36), a Tung Chung Line A-Stock train bound for Tung Chung entered Tsing Yi Station on Track No. 3. I immediately hopped onto the train and prepared for the journey to Tung Chung, which would take 14 minutes. The train would then make a brief stop at Sunny Bay Station (a station which I easily target to pass through on the Airport Express when making videos) along the way. I was then on my way to Tung Chung after the doors were closed.
Sunny Bay Station is an interchange MTR station located in Yam O, Hong Kong. It serves as an interchange station for the Tung Chung Line and Disneyland Resort Line towards Hong Kong Disneyland.
The station opened for service on 1 June 2005, for the Tung Chung Line, 2 months prior to the opening of the Disneyland Resort Line, which opened on 1 August 2005. It is one of the MTR stations to rely on the open surroundings to keep the temperatures low. The Airport Express passes through the centre of the station without stopping. This MTR station also features two platforms for emergency use for the Airport Express. It is also the only MTR station in Hong Kong that looks like a high-speed railway station, such as a Shinkansen station in Japan.
Occasionally, intermediate Tung Chung Line trains in any direction would be shunted into Sunny Bay Station for approximately 2 to 3 minutes. This is to allow the faster Airport Express train services to pass through the station without stopping. Sunny Bay Station is also an easy target for me to pass through while filming videos on the Airport Express between Tsing Yi and Hong Kong International Airport.
However, based on what other bloggers said, there are certain problems faced by the Tung Chung Line and the Airport Express. The platform tracks are slightly longer than the platforms themselves. This results in certain Airport Express train services being delayed when a Tung Chung Line train is routed back onto the main line in front of it.
To resolve the problem, if a Tung Chung line train stops at Sunny Bay Station, and there is an Airport Express train somewhere just behind it, this is how it should go. The Tung Chung Line train should allow the Airport Express train to pass through Sunny Bay Station first (overtake the Tung Chung Line train in a sense); then the Tung Chung Line train can resume its route on the main line. This is to help avoid disruptions to the MTR timetable.
|The Tung Chung Line A-Stock train bound for Tung Chung entering Tsing Yi Station on Track No. 3|
|The interior of the Tung Chung Line A-Stock train bound for Tung Chung|
香港MTR 東涌線 W708編成 東涌行き 青衣駅から終点東涌駅間 (1/2)
|At Sunny Bay Station while heading towards Tung Chung|
香港MTR 東涌線 W708編成 東涌行き 青衣駅から終点東涌駅間 (2/2)
After 14 minutes of travelling on the Tung Chung Line from Tsing Yi Station, I finally arrived at the Tung Chung terminal station at 1.50 p.m. (13 50). I then alighted the train and went up to Citygate Outlets Tung Chung.
Tung Chung Station is an MTR station serving Tung Chung New Town, near Hong Kong International Airport in Lantau Island, Hong Kong. It serves as the western terminus for the Tung Chung Line from Central Hong Kong. It is also a transfer point for passengers using the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car.
Citygate Outlets is an outlet shopping mall that is located in Tung Chung, near Hong Kong International Airport in Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Opened in April 2000, it is the only outlet mall in Hong Kong. The mall was simply known as 'Citygate' between April 2000 and August 2006.
|The station platform of Tung Chung Station|
|The station concourse of Tung Chung Station|
|A few cafeterias beside the entrance to Citygate Outlets|
|An exterior view of Citygate Outlets Tung Chung|
|The exterior building of Tung Chung Station|
I met up with my dad and my brother at the Häagen-Dazs ice-cream cafe beside the main entrance to Tung Chung. According to my dad, we did not have to go up to Ngong Ping as my mum arranged for a special priest to chant several prayers for us to help guide us through our future examinations. The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, at that time, was temporarily closed for maintenance between February and April 2012. This was because of a technical fault that occurred a few months earlier, in January, shortly after the Chinese New Year holiday.
My dad and I, along with my brother, then went upstairs to the top floor to find a good Chinese restaurant for lunch. We then found a restaurant called Federal Palace, which was formerly known as Eastern Gate Seafood Restaurant between 2000 and 2010.
|The second floor of Citygate Outlets Hong Kong|
|A blur view of the second floor of Citygate Outlets Hong Kong|
|The entrance to Federal Palace Chinese Restaurant|
When we arrived at Federal Palace, we requested for a table for four people. After waiting for a few moments, we were directed to a table on the main floor of the restaurant. The waitress then supplied us with the food and beverage menus, and we took a look at them, while waiting for my mum.
|The interior of Federal Palace Citygate Outlets Tung Chung|
|The interior of Federal Palace Citygate Outlets Tung Chung, with some housing estates in the background|
|The liquor and food order counter at Federal Palace Citygate Outlets Tung Chung|
|The cover page for the food menu at Federal Palace Citygate Outlets Tung Chung|
|A closer look into the food menu at Federal Palace Citygate Outlets Tung Chung|
When my mum arrived at Federal Palace, she too had a look at the food and beverage menu. A waitress then came to our table to take our orders. We ordered several dim sum and meat dishes. It was a nice and hearty lunch at Federal Palace.
Among the notable dishes we ordered was a nice roasted pigeon. This would be my first time eating a pigeon in my entire life. My dad was happy eating one too. Ironically, he mentioned that he did it as revenge against them, as pigeons frequently drop their dung (faeces) on his cars.
This makes some of my school friends sarcastically say that the consumption of a pigeon is illegal, as a pigeon is supposed to represent peace (a dove is peace representation, not a pigeon). In reality, however, it is NOT illegal to consume a pigeon.
|Wrapped char siew pork dish|
|A plate of roasted pigeon at our dining table|
|The roasted pigeon being held in my mum's hand|
|Clay pot porridge|
|Several meat dishes, including dim sum, at our dining table|
|A steamed pork spare ribs (paigu) dim sum dish|
|The busy interior of Federal Palace Citygate Outlets Tung Chung during lunch hours|
|The busy interior of Federal Palace Citygate Outlets Tung Chung during lunch hours, with some housing apartment buildings in the background|
After having a good lunch at Federal Palace Citygate Outlets, I was getting tired from my trips on the Airport Express MTR Line. I then told my parents that I would be heading back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel for a rest. They then told me that they would be shopping around Citygate Outlets for a while.
To get back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, my itinerary would be to take the Tung Chung Line between Tung Chung and Nam Cheong. I would then transfer to the West Rail Line (KCR West Rail prior to December 2007) at Nam Cheong to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station.
|One of the atriums in Citygate Outlets Tung Chung|
|The exterior appearance of Tung Chung Station|
|The view of Citygate Outlets Tung Chung with Food Republic in the background|
|Inside the station concourse of Tung Chung Station|
|The station name plate for Tung Chung Station|
|Tung Chung Station platform|
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