Sunday, June 5, 2016

🇭🇰 Mid-Summer 21st Birthday Shopping Vacation To Hong Kong In June 2016 ~ Section 2 🇭🇰

Welcome to the second section of my mid-summer 21st birthday shopping vacation to Hong Kong in June 2016. This second sub-segment of the report will be covering two focus topics. They will mainly be spending my 21st birthday celebration on the Airport Express MTR Line cum early evening Herpa Wings aircraft model shopping spree in the Prince Edward area in the Mong Kok district, together with an additional MTR train roundabout day on the Airport Express MTR Line cum hot pot family dinner located in the Mong Kok district.

Part 1 ~ 21st Birthday Celebration On The Airport Express MTR Line & Self-Shopping Spree At Prince Edward

The next morning, which was Saturday (4 June), I woke up bright and early at exactly 7.15 a.m. shortly after my mobile phone alarm blasted off loudly. Getting out of bed as quietly as possible, I had a shower and changed into my attire before preparing my belongings for the day. This would be a special day for me, as I would be celebrating my 21st birthday today. To celebrate this special 21st birthday, I was to travel on the Airport Express MTR Line, with a 21st birthday bonus round scheduled for 5.30 p.m. (17 30), and to do some aircraft model shopping in the Prince Edward district later that evening.

Upon preparing my necessary belongings for the day, I was finally ready to go at 7.45 a.m.. Leaving my Room No. 1944 as quietly as I could, I took the elevator up to The Horizon Club lounge located on the 20th and 21st floors, eventually arriving there by 7.50 a.m.. Heading up to the 21st floor, I secured a table with a good view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. With the à la carte breakfast menu provided, I had a good review before placing my main meal order for breakfast before setting out, with plans to catch the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport from Central Hong Kong in advance.

Once I was ready to have breakfast, a Horizon Club lounge waiter came over to my table to take down my main breakfast order for the day. I opted to have the local Hong Kong style noodles with fish balls, together with a pot of Earl Grey Tea, given that there is a traditional Chinese belief that having noodles on one's birthday could grant the individual longevity in life. With the waiter taking down my main breakfast orders, my Earl Grey Tea was served first, followed by my main course of local Hong Kong style noodles with fish balls. Tucking into my breakfast, the Earl Grey Tea was a good way to commence a special day, with the local Hong Kong noodles tasting very good with the fish balls.

The view of Mody Road in the Tsim Sha Tsui district from my Room No. 1944 at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong on a bright early morning

Finally arriving at the entrance to The Horizon Club lounge located on the 20th and 21st floors at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

The interior of The Horizon Club lounge located on the 21st floor at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong during breakfast hours

The beautiful view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island from The Horizon Club lounge located on the 21st floor at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong on a relatively cloudy early morning

A pot and cup of Earl Grey Tea for myself to commence the day

My main breakfast course: Local Hong Kong style noodles with fish balls

After having a sumptuous and filling breakfast at The Horizon Club lounge on the 21st floor, the clock was finally showing 8.10 a.m.. Given that it would soon be time to begin my 21st birthday Airport Express MTR rounds, I grabbed hold of my belongings and departed the lounge before heading down to the 20th floor to catch a nearby elevator to the ground floor, where the main hotel lobby was located. Reaching the main hotel lobby at 8.15 a.m., the first thing I had to do was to proceed to Tsim Sha Tsui Station to purchase an Octopus Card via the unpaid underground passageway linking between East Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui Stations.

With that, I promptly headed over to the entrance to the underground passageway linking between East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and Tsim Sha Tsui Station, and took the escalator down to the passageway linking to Tsim Sha Tsui Station on the Tsuen Wan Line. The entire walk linking between the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong and Tsim Sha Tsui Station took not more than approximately five minutes. Upon reaching the main ticketing concourse at Tsim Sha Tsui Station, I headed to the passenger service centre to purchase an Octopus Card for myself for HK$1,150.

Tsim Sha Tsui Station (Chinese: 尖沙咀站) is a major underground MTR station located in the Tsim Sha Tsui area in the Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The station is located on the Tsuen Wan Line, and primarily serves the popular Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district, being one of the busiest and heavily-used MTR metro stations on the Tsuen Wan Line. The station is directly connected to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station located on the West Rail Line via an unpaid underground passageway. A typical walk linking between the two stations takes approximately 10 minutes.

The station was opened for passenger service on 16 December 1979, initially serving the Tsuen Wan Line as part of the Kwun Tong Line until both lines were separated on 26 April 1982. From 24 October 2004, with the opening of East Tsim Sha Tsui Station on the KCR West Rail, the station was connected with East Tsim Sha Tsui Station via an underground passageway, with a walk taking approximately 10 minutes between the stations. However, from 2 December 2007, with the merger of Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) and MTR Corporation, East Tsim Sha Tsui Station became part of the MTR Corporation on the West Rail Line.

The beautiful view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island from The Horizon Club lounge located on the 21st floor at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong shortly before I departed for Tsim Sha Tsui Station

The interior of The Horizon Club lounge located on the 21st floor at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong shortly before I departed for Tsim Sha Tsui Station

The interior of the main hotel lobby at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong in the early morning

Finally arriving at the entrance to the underground passageway to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and Tsim Sha Tsui Station

The interior of the underground passageway linking to Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

Finally arriving at the main entrance to Tsim Sha Tsui Station

After purchasing my Octopus Card for HK$1,150 at the passenger service centre in the main station concourse at Tsim Sha Tsui Station, the clock was finally showing 8.25 a.m.. Since it would soon be time for me to head to Central Hong Kong in preparation to catch the ten o' clock Airport Express train bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, I went through the ticketing gates and took the escalators down to the platforms, eventually reaching there by 8.30 a.m.. While on the platforms, I decided to wait for a train bound for Central Hong Kong that would not be as crowded.

Waiting on Tracks No. 1 and 2 for about 10 minutes, an 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A197-A182 ultimately arrived at Tsim Sha Tsui Station at 8.39 a.m. on Track No. 2. Once the train doors were opened, I quickly boarded the train via Car No. 2 (C197) for the short and quick routine early morning commuter rush journey of just five minutes to Central Hong Kong. Once the clock struck exactly 8.40 a.m. sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Tsuen Wan Line train finally pulled out of Tsim Sha Tsui Station for the remainder of its early morning commuter rush trip from Tsuen Wan to Central Hong Kong. I was then on my way for a short early morning commuter rush trip of five minutes to Central Hong Kong.

Central Station (Traditional Chinese: 中環站; Simplified Chinese: 中环站) is a major MTR underground interchange station located in the Central area in the Central and Western District of Hong Kong. It serves as the southern terminus for the Tsuen Wan Line, and is also an interchange station for the Island Line. The station is directly connected to Hong Kong Station serving both the Airport Express and Tung Chung Line via an underground passageway, with a typical walk between both stations taking approximately five minutes.

The station was opened for service as Chater Station on 12 February 1980, serving just the Tsuen Wan Line as part of the Kwun Tong Line, until it received its current name on 31 May 1985. From 23 May 1986, it became an interchange station with the Island Line. From 21 June 1998, the station became connected to Hong Kong Station on the Tung Chung Line via an underground passageway between the two stations. It then became connected with the Airport Express from 6 July 1998, with the opening of Hong Kong International Airport.

The main station concourse at Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

Finally arriving at the main Tsuen Wan Line platforms at Tsim Sha Tsui Station

The subway route indication map for trains departing from Track No. 2 at Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

Track No. 2 serving the Tsuen Wan Line trains bound for Central Hong Kong at Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

Tracks No. 1 and 2 serving the Tsuen Wan Line trains at Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

The train departure information screens for Tsuen Wan Line trains departing from Track No. 2 at Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

Track No. 2 at Tsim Sha Tsui Station shortly before the Tsuen Wan Line train bound for Central Hong Kong arrived at the station

An 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A197-A182 finally arriving at Track No. 2 at Tsim Sha Tsui Station

Finally departing Tsim Sha Tsui Station

Making a brief stop at Admiralty Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 2 (C197) on board the 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A197-A168 indicating that the next station would be the Central terminal station

Finally arriving at the Central terminal station

After a short and quick early morning commuter rush trip of just five minutes from the busy Tsim Sha Tsui district in Kowloon, I finally arrived at the Central terminal station at 8.45 a.m. on Track No. 2. Being sure to check that there was absolutely nothing left behind, I quickly alighted from the train, and took the escalators up to the Island Line interchange concourse before heading to the paid underground passageway linking to Hong Kong Station at 8.50 a.m.. The entire walk to Hong Kong Station took not more than approximately five minutes.

Soon enough, I finally arrived at the Tung Chung Line concourse at Hong Kong Station at 8.55 a.m.. Given that I was beginning to feel thirsty for a drink after the morning trip from Tsim Sha Tsui, I decided stop at a nearby convenience store, Maxim's Cakes (Traditional Chinese: 美心西餅; Simplified Chinese: 美心西饼), in the Tung Chung Line concourse to purchase a bottle of mineral water. After purchasing my bottled mineral water, I promptly tapped through the Airport Express interchange ticketing gates and took the elevator up to the Airport Express concourse located in the second basement.

Upon arriving at the main Airport Express concourse at nine o' clock, I went to have a brief washroom break before deciding to commence my Airport Express MTR rounds of the day. Given that my first Airport Express MTR round would be scheduled to commence at ten o' clock, I sorted out my belongings in the concourse to ensure that the first Airport Express MTR round of the day could commence smoothly. I then went through the ticket gates and went onto the platform at 9.15 a.m. in preparation for the trip to commence.

The Airport Express (Traditional Chinese: 機場快綫; Simplified Chinese: 机场快线) is one of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) lines operating in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). As the name implies, the line connects the downtown areas of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with Hong Kong International Airport and the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre, both of which are located on Lantau Island. A typical journey from Central Hong Kong to Hong Kong International Airport takes 24 minutes, and 28 minutes to AsiaWorld-Expo, with the line having a maximum top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph).

The line was opened for service on 6 July 1998, in conjunction with the opening of the new Hong Kong International Airport, using a fleet of 11 Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU sets, each operating at a top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). Initially formed of seven cars until late 2005, the entire fleet was lengthened to eight cars with the opening of AsiaWorld-Expo Station on 20 December 2005. Car No. 8 (K400 Car) of each set functions as a baggage container car for passengers travelling with extra large check-in baggage. Bearing similarities to the first batch of trains used on the conventional Tung Chung Line, these sets have an appearance like luxury express trains instead of normal commuter trains.

Though it is part of the MTR metro system, the Airport Express provided dedicated express train service for passengers travelling between Central Hong Kong and the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport. Service frequency is approximately every 10 minutes across most of the the day, and every 12 minutes during late night hours. Passengers using the Airport Express can use the in-town check-in service located at both Hong Kong and Kowloon Stations for flights operated by some airlines, and receive their boarding passes without extra cost.

Free Airport Express shuttle buses are available from both Hong Kong Station and Kowloon Station, providing connection to major hotels in the Central Hong Kong and Kowloon areas, and to Hung Hom Station. A special promotional service, known as the Morning Express, is also available on weekday mornings from seven o' clock to ten o' clock (excluding weekends and public holidays), thus allowing passengers to take the Airport Express between Tsing Yi and Central Hong Kong to reach their workplaces early during the early morning rush hours. The Airport Express can also be used by passengers travelling with an Octopus Card.

Hong Kong Station (Chinese: 香港站) is an underground MTR interchange railway station located between Man Cheung Street and Harbour View Street in the centre of the Central District of Hong Kong Island in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It serves as the eastern terminus for both the Airport Express and Tung Chung Line, and is connected to Central Station on the Island Line and Tsuen Wan Line via an underground and paid passageway. The station is located below the International Finance Centre (IFC).

The station was opened for passenger service on 21 June 1998, initially serving the Tung Chung Line, but became the eastern terminus for the Airport Express with the opening of Hong Kong International Airport on 6 July 1998. It became connected with Central Station via an underground passageway for passengers to access both the Island Line and Tsuen Wan Lines, with a walk between both stations taking about five minutes. With Kowloon Station, Hong Kong Station is one of the Airport Express stations providing direct in-town check-in service for passengers travelling on some airlines to check in their baggage and receive their boarding passes without extra costs.

Given the long distance between the Airport Express and Tung Chung Line concourse and platforms, passengers accessing the Tung Chung Line must take the elevator or escalator down to the Tung Chung Line concourse and tap through an additional ticket gate to reach the Tung Chung Line trains. As of 26 March 2016, there is just one side platform serving the Airport Express trains, along with two island platforms serving the Tung Chung Line trains. For the convenience of passengers travelling on the Airport Express, there are cab stands and limousine shuttle bus stands located on the same level as the Airport Express platform.

Track No. 2 serving some of the Tsuen Wan Line trains bound for Tsuen Wan at Central Station during the early morning rush hour

Tracks No. 1 and 2 serving the Tsuen Wan Line trains at Central Station during the early morning rush hour

The Tsuen Wan Line and Island Line interchange concourse at Central Station during the early morning rush hour

Track No. 3 serving the Island Line trains bound for Chai Wan during the early morning rush hour

The entrance to the paid underground passageway linking between Central Station and Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

Finally arriving at the Tung Chung Line concourse of Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

The Tung Chung Line concourse of Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

The Airport Express interchange ticketing gates in the Tung Chung Line concourse of Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

The elevator linking to the Airport Express concourse in the Tung Chung Line concourse at Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

The Airport Express concourse of Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

The main ticketing gates in the Airport Express concourse of Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E111-K411, operating as the 9.20 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport at Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E105-K405, operating as the 9.30 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The train departure information screens for Airport Express trains departing from Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E103-K403, operating as the 9.40 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E107-K407, operating as the 9.50 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station shortly before the ten o' clock Airport Express train bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport arrived at the station

After spending approximately 40 minutes of anticipated waiting on Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains at Hong Kong Station, an 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K402-E102, which would operate as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, finally arrived at Hong Kong Station at 9.53 a.m. on Track No. 1. Once the train doors were opened, I quickly boarded the train via Car No. 1 (E102) and secured Seat No. 5A located near the rear baggage rack to begin my first 21st birthday Airport Express MTR round of the day.

Once the clock struck precisely ten o' clock sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of Hong Kong Station for its short and routine early afternoon trip of just 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport, which are located on Lantau Island to the west. I was then on my way for a short and routine early afternoon trip of 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre on Lantau Island located close to Hong Kong International Airport.

機場快綫 A-Train (K402-E102) 駛入港鐵香港站一號月台

The front view of Car No. 1 (E102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, operating as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear view of Car No. 1 (E102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, operating as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Getting ready to board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, operating as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear baggage rack in Car No. 1 (E102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, operating as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 1 (E102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, operating as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Awaiting departure from Hong Kong Station

機場快綫 (E102) 行走片段 香港至博覽館 (HOK TO AWE) (1/3)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (E102) 行走片段 香港至博覽館 (HOK TO AWE) (2/3)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (E102) 行走片段 香港至博覽館 (HOK TO AWE) (3/3)

After a short and quick early afternoon routine journey of just 28 minutes from Central Hong Kong, I finally arrived at the AsiaWorld-Expo terminal station at 10.28 a.m. on Track No. 1. Checking to see that nothing was left behind in Car No. 1 (E102), I quickly alighted from the train, and made my turnaround to Car No. 2 (F102) in preparation for the return trip back to Central Hong Kong. Securing Seat No. 6A by the front baggage rack in Car No. 2 (F102), I settled down for the remaining half of my first 21st birthday Airport Express round of the day, with the departure timing scheduled for 10.34 a.m..

Once the clock struck precisely 10.34 a.m. sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of AsiaWorld-Expo Station for its short and routine early afternoon return journey of 28 minutes to the lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong. I was then on my way for a short and quick routine early afternoon return trip of 28 minutes back to the busy and lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong, thus resuming my first Airport Express MTR round of the day.

AsiaWorld-Expo Station (Traditional Chinese: 博覽館站; Simplified Chinese: 博览馆站) is a ground-level MTR railway station located in the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre just near Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. It primarily serves the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre, and is the western terminus for the Airport Express, which provides direct rail connections to the major urban districts of downtown Kowloon and Central Hong Kong via Hong Kong International Airport.

The station was opened for service on 20 December 2005, in conjunction with the opening of the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre, replacing Airport Station as the western terminus for the Airport Express. As of 26 March 2016, the station has one regular side platform serving one track, with a disused island platform serving as a maintenance platform for withdrawal trains. The station's sole platform is fitted with platform screen doors to accommodate Tung Chung Line trains if they are chartered for special use during popular hosting events at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Track No. 1 serving the eastbound Airport Express trains bound for Central Hong Kong via Hong Kong International Airport at AsiaWorld-Expo Station during the early afternoon rush hour

The front view of Car No. 2 (F102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K402-E102, now operating as the 10.34 a.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The rear view of Car No. 2 (F102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K402-E102, now operating as the 10.34 a.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The front baggage rack in Car No. 2 (F102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K402-E102, now operating as the 10.34 a.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 2 (F102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K402-E102, now operating as the 10.34 a.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

Awaiting departure from AsiaWorld-Expo Station

機場快綫 (F102) 行走片段 博覽館至香港 (AWE TO HOK) (1/3)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (F102) 行走片段 博覽館至香港 (AWE TO HOK) (2/3)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (F102) 行走片段 博覽館至香港 (AWE TO HOK) (3/3)

After a routine early afternoon return trip duration of 28 minutes from the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport, I finally arrived at the Hong Kong terminal station at 11.02 a.m. on Track No. 1. Since I had completed my first Airport Express MTR round of the day, I promptly alighted from Car No. 2 (F102) with my belongings and made my quick turnabout to Car No. 1 (E102) to begin my second Airport Express MTR round of the day. I then secured Seat No. 5A located near the rear baggage rack in preparation for my second Airport Express MTR round to commence.

The departure time from Hong Kong Station was also scheduled for 11.10 a.m. at the same time. Once the clock struck precisely 11.10 a.m. sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express finally pulled out of Hong Kong Station for its routine early afternoon trip duration of just 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and covention centre via Hong Kong International Airport located on Lantau Island to the west. I was then on my way for a short and quick early afternoon trip of 24 minutes to Hong Kong International Airport located on Lantau Island to the west of Hong Kong.

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport during the early afternoon rush hour

Getting ready to board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, now operating as the 11.10 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The front view of Car No. 1 (E102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, now operating as the 11.10 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear view of Car No. 1 (E102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, now operating as the 11.10 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Awaiting departure from Hong Kong Station

機場快綫 (E102) 行走片段 香港至機場 (HOK TO AIR) (1/2)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (E102) 行走片段 香港至機場 (HOK TO AIR) (2/2)

After a short and quick routine early afternoon trip of 24 minutes from the lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong, I finally arrived at Hong Kong International Airport at 11.34 a.m. on Tracks No. 1 and 3. Checking to see that there was nothing left behind on board Car No. 1 (E102), I quickly alighted from the train via Track No. 1, and walked through the automated moving passageway linking to the main departures and check-in hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 located on the seventh floor of the terminal building.

Since I was in for some shopping first, I decided to search for a nearby shop that would be the most attractive to my tastes and preferences. Without wasting anymore time, I quickly walked across the departures and check-in hall in Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1, and had a brief water break at a water cooler before having a quick washroom break. For just a few minutes, I browsed through the many shops available carefully before selecting the shop that would be the most attractive to my tastes and preferences.

Airport Station (Traditional Chinese: 機場站; Simplified Chinese: 机场站) is an elevated MTR station located in Hong Kong International Airport in Lantau Island, Hong Kong. It serves as the main railway terminal for Hong Kong International Airport, and is directly connected to the main terminal building via a barrier-free passageway. Opened on 6 July 1998 alongside Hong Kong International Airport, it serves as the westernmost MTR station in Hong Kong, and served as the western terminus for the Airport Express until it was eventually replaced by AsiaWorld-Expo on 20 December 2005. From 28 February 2007, an additional platform, Track No. 3, was opened for passenger service to provide connection to Terminal 2 and Sky Plaza.

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo at Hong Kong International Airport during the early afternoon rush hour

Finally arriving at the departures and check-in hall on the seventh floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

Finally arriving at Toys & Games hobby shop located at the rear of the departures and check-in hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

After looking across the various shops available in the departures and check-in hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1, I finally arrived at a notable local toys and electronics hobby shop, known as Toys & Games, at 11.40 a.m.. This particular hobby shop was quite familiar to me since I had always visited this hobby shop during my past visits to Hong Kong International Airport. Entering the shop itself, I looked at the aircraft model section to have one good look through the available models to ensure that I picked out the ones that would be the most attractive to my eyes.

While shopping at Toys & Games hobby shop, I purchased three Herpa Wings Scale 1:500 aircraft models, which consisted of two Airbus A340-300s and a Boeing 777-300/ER. Upon purchasing my new aircraft models, I was beginning to feel quite thirsty for a cool iced drink as it was a rather hot afternoon. Since I would be scheduled to catch the 12.58 p.m. Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong to resume my second Airport Express MTR line round, I walked across the departures and check-in hall and took the nearest elevator down to the arrivals and meeting hall on the fifth floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1.

Soon enough, I ultimately stumbled upon a western French bistro and cafeteria, known as Délifrance, at 11.50 a.m.. Entering the cafeteria itself, I secured a good seating area near the main collection counter. Upon heading to the main refreshment order counter, I had a good look through what was available before selecting the beverage that would be suitable for me. I then decided to have an iced chocolate frappé, for which, the drink would cost me HK$40. That afternoon, I had a nice, refreshing iced chocolate frappé to cool off from the humid afternoon weather.

As for the three new Herpa Wings Scale 1:500 aircraft models I had purchased, they were, as follows:

1) Emirates Airbus A340-313X Herpa Scale 1:500 (527415)

Emirates Airbus A340-313X Herpa Scale 1:500 (527415)

2) SAS ー Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A340-313X "Star Alliance" Herpa Scale 1:500 (528474)

SAS ー Scandinavian Airlines Airbus A340-313X "Star Alliance" Herpa Scale 1:500 (528474)

3) Thai Airways International Boeing 777-3D7/ER Herpa Scale 1:500 (528344)

Thai Airways International Boeing 777-3D7/ER Herpa Scale 1:500 (528344)

The departures and check-in hall on the seventh floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 during the early afternoon rush hour

One final look at the departures and check-in hall on the seventh floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 shortly before I headed down to the arrivals and meeting hall

Finally arriving at the arrivals and meeting hall on the fifth floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

Finally arriving at Délifrance cafeteria in the arrivals and meeting area located in the arrivals and meeting hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

A nice, refreshing iced chocolate frappé for myself at Délifrance cafeteria in the arrivals and meeting area located in the arrivals and meeting hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

After having a nice and refreshing iced chocolate frappé break at Délifrance cafeteria in the main arrivals and meeting hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1, the clock was finally showing 12.20 p.m. Given that I had less than half an hour left before resuming my second 21st birthday Airport Express MTR round of the day, I grabbed my belongings and left the cafeteria to have a quick washroom break before heading back to the station. Upon visiting the washrooms, I quickly headed to the eastbound Airport Express platform at Hong Kong International Airport.

Soon enough, I finally arrived at the eastbound Airport Express platform (Track No. 2) at Hong Kong International Airport at 12.30 p.m.. Since my Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong would be expected to depart from Hong Kong International Airport at 12.58 p.m., I decided to spot some Airport Express trains bound for Kowloon and Central Hong Kong arriving and departing from the station. I then sorted out all my belongings on Track No. 2 while waiting for my turn to catch the Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong.

The arrivals and meeting hall on the fifth floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 during the early afternoon rush hour

Finally approaching Track No. 2 at Hong Kong International Airport during the early afternoon rush hour

Track No. 2 serving the Airport Express trains bound for Central Hong Kong at Hong Kong International Airport during the early afternoon rush hour

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K403-E103, operating as the 12.38 p.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, on Track No. 2 at Hong Kong International Airport

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K407-E107, operating as the 12.49 p.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, on Track No. 2 at Hong Kong International Airport

Track No. 2 at Hong Kong International Airport shortly before the 12.58 p.m. Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong arrived at the station

After spending almost 25 minutes of anticipated waiting on the eastbound platform, an 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K402-E102, operating as the 12.58 p.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, ultimately arrived at Hong Kong International Airport at 12.54 p.m. on Track No. 2. Once the train doors were opened, I quickly boarded the train via Car No. 3 (G102), and secured Seat No. 6A located near the front baggage rack for the short and quick early afternoon return journey of just 24 minutes back to Central Hong Kong.

Once the clock struck precisely 12.58 p.m. sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of Hong Kong International Airport for the remaining parts of its routine early afternoon trip of 29 minutes from AsiaWorld-Expo to Central Hong Kong. I was then on my way for a short and quick routine afternoon return trip of 24 minutes back to the busy and lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong located on Hong Kong Island, thus resuming my second Airport Express MTR line round of the day.

機場快綫 A-Train (K402-E102) 駛入港鐵機場站二號月台

The front view of Car No. 3 (G102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K402-E102, operating as the 12.58 p.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 2 at Hong Kong International Airport

Awaiting departure from Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (G102) 行走片段 機場至香港 (AIR TO HOK) (1/2)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (G102) 行走片段 機場至香港 (AIR TO HOK) (2/2)

After a short and quick routine early afternoon return trip of just 24 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport, I finally arrived at the Hong Kong terminal station at 1.22 p.m. (13 22) on Track No. 1. Since I had completed my second Airport Express MTR round for the day, I quickly alighted from the train with my belongings, and made my quick turnover to Car No. 1 (E102) to commence my third Airport Express MTR round of the day. Securing Seat No. 5A in Car No. 1 (E102), I settled back for the departure time from Hong Kong Station scheduled for 1.30 p.m. (13 30).

Once the clock struck exactly 1.30 p.m. (13 30) sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train ultimately pulled out of Hong Kong Station for its short and routine afternoon trip of just 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport located on Lantau Island in the west. I was then on my way for a short and routine mid-afternoon trip of 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport located in Lantau Island to the west, beginning my third Airport Express MTR round of the day.

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport during the early afternoon rush hour

Getting ready to board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, now operating as the 1.30 p.m. (13 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The front view of Car No. 1 (E102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, now operating as the 1.30 p.m. (13 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear view of Car No. 1 (E102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, now operating as the 1.30 p.m. (13 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 1 (E102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, now operating as the 1.30 p.m. (13 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear baggage rack in Car No. 1 (E102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, now operating as the 1.30 p.m. (13 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Awaiting departure from Hong Kong Station

機場快綫 (E102) 行走片段 香港至青衣 (HOK TO TSY)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (E102) 行走片段 青衣至機場 (TSY TO AIR)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (E102) 行走片段 機場至博覽館 (AIR TO AWE)

After a short and quick routine early afternoon journey from the busy and lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong, I ultimately arrived at the AsiaWorld-Expo terminal station at 1.58 p.m. (13 58) on Track No. 1. Checking to see that there was nothing left behind on board Car No. 1 (E102), I promptly alighted from the train and made my turnaround to Car No. 3 (G102) for the trip back to Central Hong Kong. I then secured Seat No. 6A located near the front baggage rack, with the departure timing scheduled for 2.04 p.m (14 04).

Once the clock struck exactly 2.04 p.m. (14 04) sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of AsiaWorld-Expo Station for its cloudy routine early afternoon return trip of 29 minutes to the busy and lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong located in the heart of the Central and Western District of Hong Kong Island. I was then on my way for a short and quick cloudy mid-afternoon trip of just 29 minutes back to the lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong located in the heart of the Central and Western District of Hong Kong Island.

Track No. 1 serving the eastbound Airport Express trains bound for Central Hong Kong via Hong Kong International Airport at AsiaWorld-Expo Station during the mid-afternoon rush hour

The front view of Car No. 3 (G102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K402-E102, now operating as the 2.04 p.m. (14 04) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The rear view of Car No. 3 (G102) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K402-E102, now operating as the 2.04 p.m. (14 04) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

Awaiting departure from AsiaWorld-Expo Station

機場快綫 (G102) 行走片段 博覽館至機場 (AWE TO AIR)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (G102) 行走片段 機場至青衣 (AIR TO TSY)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (G102) 行走片段 青衣至香港 (TSY TO HOK)

After a short and cloudy mid-afternoon return trip of 29 minutes from the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport in Lantau Island, I finally arrived back at the Hong Kong terminal station at 2.33 p.m. (14 33) on Track No. 1. Checking to see that there was nothing left behind in Car No. 3 (G102), I quickly alighted from the train and tapped my Octopus Card out of the Airport Express ticket gates before heading to the elevators linking to the upper concourse levels of Hong Kong Station.

Taking the elevator up to the first basement, I bypassed some local refreshment shops and took the scalator upstairs to the ground floor, where the in-town check-in counters for the Airport Express were located. As I was beginning to feel hungry for some simple birthday lunch, I decided to have some local Hong Kong noodles at a local restaurant at IFC Mall in the International Finance Centre (IFC). Without wasting anymore time, I went into the IFC Mall and searched through the various levels in search for a good local noodle restaurant before my 21st birthday Airport Express bonus round, which would commence at 5.30 p.m. (17 30).

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport during the mid-afternoon rush hour

The 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, now operating as the 2.40 p.m. (14 40) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The Airport Express concourse of Hong Kong Station during the mid-afternoon rush hour

A line-up of cafeterias and shops in the first basement concourse at Hong Kong Station during the mid-afternoon rush hour

The ground level concourse leading to the Airport Express in-town check-in counters at Hong Kong Station during the mid-afternoon rush hour

Taking the escalators up to the upper levels of the IFC Mall in the International Finance Centre

A line-up of restaurants located on the third floor of the IFC Mall in the International Finance Centre

Overlooking the Airport Express in-town check-in concourse at Hong Kong Station from the third floor of the IFC Mall in the International Finance Centre

Finally arriving at Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop (Traditional Chinese: 正斗粥麵專家; Simplified Chinese: 正斗粥面专家) located on the third floor of the IFC Mall in the International Finance centre

After looking through the various restaurants available on the third level of  the IFC Mall in the International Convention Centre very carefully, I finally stumbled upon a local Chinese congee and noodle restaurant, known as Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop (Traditional Chinese: 正斗粥麵專家; Simplified Chinese: 正斗粥面专家), at 2.45 p.m.. Given that I was already feeling rather hungry, I promptly entered the restaurant and requested for a table. One restaurant waitress informed me that as reservations were on a 'first-come-first-serve' basis, I was requested to share a table with two other customers.

With the menus provided for me upon settling down, I had a good look through the menu before choosing what I wanted to eat for lunch. Once I was ready to eat, a waitress came over to record my main lunch orders. I opted to have the local Hong Kong style noodles served with sliced beef for the main lunch course. With my lunch order taken down by the waitress, I was served some water to quench my thirst. Once my main lunch course had arrived, I immediately tucked into my main lunch course. The Hong Kong noodles tasted fresh and tender, with both the soup and sliced beef being perfect accompaniments for a simple birthday lunch.

Upon finishing my 21st birthday lunch, the clock was finally showing 3.05 p.m.. Given that there was still plenty of time left before my 21st birthday Airport Express bonus round at 5.30 p.m. (17 30), I decided to have some hot cocoa at a cafeteria first prior to proceeding back down to Airport Express concourse of Hong Kong Station. Without wasting anymore time, I quickly paid up my lunch bill and took the escalator down to the ground level of the IFC Mall in the International Finance Centre, searching for a good cafeteria to have some nice hot cocoa to relax myself from the damp weather.

Soon enough, I stumbled upon a small cafeteria, known as Starbucks Coffee, located in the Airport Express in-town check-in concourse of Hong Kong Station at 3.20 p.m.. Entering the cafeteria itself, I put my belongings at a nearby safe empty table and went over to the café's counter to place my order. At Starbucks Coffee, I ordered a Grande Signature Hot Cocoa. Upon paying HK$37 for my order, I went back to my secured table and had a nice drink of Signature Hot Cocoa, having a rest at the cafeteria at the same time.

The interior of Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop (Traditional Chinese: 正斗粥麵專家; Simplified Chinese: 正斗粥面专家) located on the third floor of the IFC Mall in the International Finance centre during lunchtime hours

My main lunch course: Local Hong Kong style noodles served with sliced beef

A line-up of restaurants located on the third floor of the IFC Mall in the International Finance Centre shortly before I headed back to Hong Kong Station

Taking the escalators back down to the ground level of the IFC Mall in the International Finance Centre

Finally arriving at the Airport Express in-town check-in concourse at Hong Kong Station

The Airport Express in-town check-in concourse at Hong Kong Station during the mid-afternoon rush hour

Finally arriving at Starbucks Coffee located in the Airport Express in-town check-in concourse at Hong Kong Station

The interior of Starbucks Coffee in the Airport Express in-town check-in concourse at Hong Kong Station during the mid-afternoon rush hour

A nice, warm Grande cup of Signature Hot Cocoa at Starbucks Coffee in the Airport Express in-town check-in concourse at Hong Kong Station during the mid-afternoon rush hour

After having some hot cocoa at the Starbucks Coffee café in the Airport Express in-town check-in concourse, the clock was ultimately showing 4.10 p.m.. Since my 21st birthday Airport Express bonus round would commence in less than two hours' time, I decided to head down to the Airport Express concourse via an escalator down to the first basement station concourse. Reaching the first basement concourse at 4.15 p.m., I changed to the elevator downwards to the Airport Express concourse in the second basement, eventually arriving there by 4.20 p.m..

Upon reaching the Airport Express concourse of Hong Kong Station, I quickly went to the restrooms and sorted out my belongings in the concourse. Given that my Airport Express 21st birthday bonus round would be scheduled to commence at 5.30 p.m. (17 30), I made my mind to tap in through the ticketing gates to proceed to the platform 40 minutes before the scheduled departure timing. Once everything had been sorted out in the concourse, I quickly tapped in through the ticketing gates, eventually reaching the sole Airport Express platform at 4.45 p.m..

The exterior view of Starbucks Coffee located in the Airport Express in-town check-in concourse at Hong Kong Station during the late afternoon rush hour

The Airport Express in-town check-in concourse at Hong Kong Station during the late afternoon rush hour

Taking the escalators down to the first basement concourse of Hong Kong Station

The Airport Express concourse of Hong Kong Station during the late afternoon rush hour

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E107-K407, operating as the 4.50 p.m. (16 50) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, operating as the five o' clock (17 00) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E104-K404, operating as the 5.20 p.m. (17 20) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station shortly before the 5.30 p.m. (17 30) Airport Express train bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport arrived at the station

After spending approximately 35 minutes of anticipated waiting on the sole Airport Express platform, an 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K411-E111, which would operate as the 5.30 p.m. (17 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, ultimately arrived at Hong Kong Station at 5.22 p.m. (17 22) on Track No. 1. Once the train doors were opened, I boarded the train through Car No. 1 (E111), and secured Seat No. 5A at the rear baggage rack in preparation for my Airport Express 21st birthday bonus round.

Once the clock struck exactly 5.30 p.m. (17 30) sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of Hong Kong Station for its routine early evening journey of just 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport, which are located on Lantau Island to the west of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). I was then on my way for a short and quick routine evening 21st birthday Airport Express bonus round of just 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport.

機場快綫 A-Train (K411-E111) 駛入港鐵香港站一號月台

The front view of Car No. 1 (E111) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E111-K411, operating as the 5.30 p.m. (17 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear view of Car No. 1 (E111) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E111-K411, operating as the 5.30 p.m. (17 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Getting ready to board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E111-K411, operating as the 5.30 p.m. (17 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 1 (E111) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E111-K411, operating as the 5.30 p.m. (17 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

機場快綫 (E111) 行走片段 香港至青衣 (HOK TO TSY)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (E111) 行走片段 青衣至機場 (TSY TO AIR)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (E111) 行走片段 機場至博覽館 (AIR TO AWE)

After a quick routine early evening trip of just 28 minutes from the lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong, I finally arrived at the AsiaWorld-Expo terminal station at 5.58 p.m. (17 58) on Track No. 1. Checking to see that I had not left anything behind on board, I quickly alighted from the train, only to find a massive crowd of passengers waiting on the platform to return back home after attending an event at the AsiaWorld-Expo convention and exhibition centre. It was then that I knew that it was the start of the early evening rush hour for the day.

With the 6.04 p.m. (18 04) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong filled to the brim, I knew that I had to catch the next Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong, which would be scheduled to depart at 6.13 p.m. (18 13) from Track No. 1. Without wasting anymore time, I positioned myself at the front door of Car No. 2 for the early evening return trip back to Central Hong Kong. By this time, the sole platform of AsiaWorld-Expo Station was already filled with passengers waiting to catch the next Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong.

Track No. 1 serving the eastbound Airport Express trains bound for Central Hong Kong via Hong Kong International Airport at AsiaWorld-Expo Station during the early evening rush hour

The 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K411-E111, now operating as the 6.04 p.m. (18 04) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

Overlooking the disused station platform at AsiaWorld-Expo Station during the early evening rush hour

Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station shortly before the 6.13 p.m. (18 13) Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong arrived at the station

After spending about 10 minutes of anticipated waiting on the sole station platform, an 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E105-K405, which would operate as the 6.13 p.m. (18 13) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, finally arrived at AsiaWorld-Expo Station at 6.08 p.m. (18 08) on Track No. 1. Once the train doors were opened, I promptly boarded the train via Car No. 2 (F105), and secured Seat No. 6A close to the rear baggage rack for the early evening return trip of just 29 minutes back to the lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong to resume my 21st birthday bonus round on the Airport Express.

The whole Airport Express train would be crowded for the entire early evening return trip of 29 minutes from AsiaWorld-Expo to Central Hong Kong. Once the clock struck exactly 6.13 p.m. (18 13) sharp, all of the train doors were automatically closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of AsiaWorld-Expo Station for its routine early evening return trip of 29 minutes to Central Hong Kong. I was then on my way for a short early evening return trip of 29 minutes back to the lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong.

機場快綫 A-Train (E105-K405) 駛入港鐵博覽館站一號月台

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 2 (F105) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K405-E105, operating as the 6.13 p.m. (18 13) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

Awaiting departure from AsiaWorld-Expo Station

機場快綫 (F105) 行走片段 博覽館至機場 (AWE TO AIR)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (F105) 行走片段 機場至青衣 (AIR TO TSY)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (F105) 行走片段 青衣至香港 (TSY TO HOK)

After a short and routine early evening return trip of 29 minutes from the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport located on Lantau Island to the west, I finally arrived back at the Hong Kong terminal station at 6.42 p.m. (18 42) on Track No. 1. Checking to see that there was nothing left behind on board Car No. 2 (F105), I quickly alighted from the train and exited through the main ticketing gates before heading to the elevator to the Tung Chung Line concourse and Central Station.

Soon enough, I ultimately arrived at the Tung Chung Line concourse at Hong Kong Station at 6.50 p.m.. Tapping my Octopus Card through the Tung Chung Line ticket gates, I walked across the Tung Chung Line concourse and headed into the paid underground passageway between Hong Kong and Central Stations, with the entire walk between both stations taking five minutes. Arriving at the Tsuen Wan Line and Island Line interchange concourse at 6.55 p.m., I took the escalators down to the Tsuen Wan Line platforms to access Prince Edward.

Upon arriving at the Tsuen Wan Line platforms, an 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A240-A157 finally arrived at Central Station at 6.59 p.m. (18 59) on Track No. 2. Once the train doors were opened, I quickly boarded the train through Car No. 4 (B470), and took a seat for the short early evening commuter trip of 13 minutes to the Prince Edward district. Once the clock struck around 7.02 p.m. (19 02), all the train doors were closed, and the Tsuen Wan Line train finally pulled out of Central Station, allowing me to be on my way for an evening commuter trip of 13 minutes to the Prince Edward district.

The 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E105-K405, now operating as the 6.50 p.m. (18 50) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport during the early evening rush hour

The Airport Express concourse of Hong Kong Station during the early evening rush hour

Finally arriving at the Tung Chung Line concourse of Hong Kong Station during the early evening rush hour

Walking across the paid underground passageway linking between Hong Kong Station and Central Station during the early evening rush hour

Track No. 3 serving the Island Line trains bound for Chai Wan during the early evening rush hour

The Tsuen Wan Line and Island Line interchange concourse at Central Station during the early evening rush hour

Finally arriving at Tsuen Wan Line platforms at Central Station during the early evening rush hour

Track No. 2 serving some of the Tsuen Wan Line trains bound for Tsuen Wan at Central Station during the early evening rush hour

Tracks No. 1 and 2 serving the Tsuen Wan Line trains at Central Station during the early evening rush hour

An 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A240-A157 finally arriving at Track No. 2 at Central Station

The interior of Car No. 4 (B470) on board the 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A240-A157 during the boarding process on Track No. 2 at Central Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 4 (B470) on board the 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A240-A157 during the boarding process on Track No. 2 at Central Station

Finally departing Central Station

The interior of Car No. 4 (B470) on board the 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A240-A157 between Central and Admiralty Station

Making a brief stop at Admiralty Station

Making a brief stop at Tsim Sha Tsui Station, where I had started my journey earlier that morning

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 4 (B470) on board the 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A240-A157 indicating that the next station would be Jordan

Making a brief stop at Mong Kok Station

The interior of Car No. 4 (B470) on board the 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A240-A157 between Mong Kok and Prince Edward Stations

Finally arriving at Prince Edward Station

After a short and quick early evening commuter rush trip of 13 minutes from Central Hong Kong, I finally arrived at Prince Edward Station at 7.15 p.m. (19 15) on Track No. 1. Being sure that I had everything with me, I promptly alighted from the crowded train and took the escalators up to the main station concourse before tapping out through the ticketing gates. Once I had tapped out, I walked across the main station concourse in the direction leading to Pioneer Centre and other major shopping centres located in the Prince Edward district.

Upon exiting Prince Edward Station at 7.20 p.m., I walked across the busy and lively night streets of Prince Edward, eventually reaching Pioneer Centre in less than a few minutes. Entering the mall itself, I took the nearby escalator from the ground level up to the second level, where there were more retail shops available. Reaching the second level of Pioneer Centre, I looked through the various retail shops available in the level very carefully before selecting the one that would be suited for my preferences.

Prince Edward Station (Chinese: 太子站) is an underground interchange MTR station in the intersection between Nathan Road and Prince Edward Road in Northern Mong Kok, Yau Tsim Mong District in Kowloon, Hong Kong. It serves as a major underground interchange MTR station for the Kwun Tong Line and Tsuen Wan Line, and provides anti-directional cross-platform interchange between the two lines. The station serves the Prince Edward Road district in Mong Kok, and is the closest underground metro station to Pioneer Centre (Traditional Chinese: 始創中心; Simplified Chinese: 始创中心).

Tracks No. 1 and 2 serving the Tsuen Wan Line trains bound for Tsuen Wan and the Kwun Tong Line trains bound for Yau Ma Tei at Prince Edward Station during the early evening rush hour

The main station concourse at Prince Edward Station during the early evening rush hour

Walking across the busy and lively nightlife streets of the Prince Edward district during nightfall

Taking the escalator up to the upper levels of Pioneer Centre

Walking across the second floor while browsing through some retail shops on the second floor of Pioneer Centre

Finally arriving at Aero Shop Hong Kong in the second floor of Pioneer Centre

After looking through the various retail shops on the second floor of Pioneer Centre, I finally stumbled upon a familiar local aircraft model shop, known as Aero Shop Hong Kong, at 7.25 p.m.. The shop owner, Mr. Danny, promptly recognised me and warmly welcomed me to his shop, since I had been to his shop various times during my past visits to Hong Kong. Giving his 'Happy 21st Birthday' greetings to me, I looked across the many aircraft models before selecting the models that would be the most attractive to my eyes.

While at Aero Shop Hong Kong, I purchased three new Scale 1:500 aircraft models to be added into my model aircraft collection. Upon obtaining my new aircraft models, I thanked Mr. Danny for his selfless services, and promised to come and see him again during my future visits. Without wasting anymore time, I took the escalator down to the ground level before departing the mall. I then walked through the busy and lively street of the Prince Edward district, looking through the many shops to find one that would be attractive to me.

For the three new Scale 1:500 aircraft models I had purchased at Aero Shop Hong Kong, they were, as follows:

1) Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-367/ER Hogan Scale 1:500 (CXcitement Exclusive)

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-367/ER Hogan Scale 1:500 (CXcitement Exclusive)

2) Continental Airlines Boeing 777-224/ER "Peter Max" Herpa Scale 1:500 (506533)

Continental Airlines Boeing 777-224/ER "Peter Max" Herpa Scale 1:500 (506533)

3) Gulf Air Airbus A340-313X Herpa Scale 1:500 (507455)

Gulf Air Airbus A340-313X Herpa Scale 1:500 (507455)

Taking the escalator back down to the lower level of Pioneer Centre

Walking across the busy and lively nightlife streets of the Prince Edward district at night

Bypassing some retail shops in the busy and lively nightlife streets of the Prince Edward district at night

Finally arriving at West Main Toys (Traditional Chinese: 西幹線玩具; Simplified Chinese: 西干线玩具) in the Prince Edward district at night

The narrow stairway to West Main Toys (Traditional Chinese: 西幹線玩具; Simplified Chinese: 西干线玩具) in the Prince Edward district at night

After looking through the many shops on the lively night street of the Prince Edward district carefully, I finally arrived at another popular local hobby outlet, known as West Main Toys (Traditional Chinese: 西幹線玩具; Simplified Chinese: 西干线玩具), at 7.50 p.m.. This shop outlet was familiar to me since I had been to the store several times during my past trips to Hong Kong. Walking upstairs via the narrow stairway, I entered the store, where two local Chinese gentlemen warmly welcomed and recognised me, since I was a frequent visitor to their store.

I then looked through the various aircraft models available on display before selecting the ones that would be the most attractive to my tastes and preferences. At West Main Toys itself, I purchased five new Herpa Wings Scale 1:500 aircraft models to be added into my aircraft model collection. Upon purchasing my new aircraft models, the clock was finally showing 8.10 p.m.. Given that I was beginning to feel quite exhausted after spending a fun and enjoyable self 21st birthday outing, I decided to head back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong for a well-earned rest.

With my purchases and belongings in my hands, I finally departed West Main Toys at 8.15 p.m. and went over to a cab stand located near Pioneer Centre. Hailing down a nearby cab, I promptly informed the driver to take me back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong located in the centre of the Tsim Sha Tsui district. Once everything was safely loaded into the cab, I ultimately departed the busy and lively nightlife of the Prince Edward district for a short and quick early evening cab ride of 10 minutes back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong located in Mody Road in the Tsim Sha Tsui district.

As for the five Herpa Wings Scale 1:500 aircraft models I had recently purchased at West Main Toys, they were, as follows:

1) Air China Boeing 777-39L/ER "China-France 50th Anniversary" Herpa Scale 1:500 (527064)

Air China Boeing 777-39L/ER "China-France 50th Anniversary" Herpa Scale 1:500 (527064)

2) Air India Boeing 747-437 Herpa Scale 1:500 (512091)

Air India Boeing 747-437 Herpa Scale 1:500 (512091)

3) American Airlines Airbus A330-323X Herpa Scale 1:500 (527392)

American Airlines Airbus A330-323X Herpa Scale 1:500 (527392)

4) China Southern Airlines Boeing 777-31B/ER Herpa Scale 1:500 (526791)

China Southern Airlines Boeing 777-31B/ER Herpa Scale 1:500 (526791)

5) Saudia ー Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 777-368/ER Herpa Scale 1:500 (526975)

Saudia ー Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 777-368/ER Herpa Scale 1:500 (526975)

The busy and lively nightlife streets of the Prince Edward district at night shortly before I headed back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

The red cab that would soon take me back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong from the Prince Edward district

Finally departing the lively nightlife of the Prince Edward district

Travelling along the roads of the nightlife of the Prince Edward district at night on route back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

Travelling through the Mong Kok district in the Yau Tsim Mong District on route back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

Travelling through the Yau Ma Tei district in the Yau Tsim Mong District on route back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

Bypassing a shopping mall in the Yau Ma Tei district on route back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

Bypassing iSquare Shopping Centre in the Jordan district on route back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

Bypassing East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and the Tsim Sha Tsui bus terminal while nearing the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

Finally arriving back at the main entrance to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

The interior of the main hotel lobby at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong during the late night hours shortly after I had arrived back

After an early evening cab ride of approximately 10 minutes from the lively nightlife of the Prince Edward area located near the Mong Kok district, I finally arrived back at the main entrance to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong at 8.30 p.m.. Checking to see that there was nothing left behind on board, I promptly paid up my cab fare while the cab driver helped unload my belongings from the rear cab boot. Thanking the cab driver for his kind and warm services, I went into the main hotel lobby and headed to the elevator lobby with my belongings.

Taking the nearest elevator back up to the 19th level, I finally arrived back at my Room No. 1944 at 8.35 p.m.. Entering my room, my younger brother was already resting on his bed, also finding two boxes of 21st birthday complimentary chocolates, which I was happy with since my family neither celebrate birthdays with cakes nor parties. Upon having a nice, hot shower and changing into my pyjamas for the night, I set up all my electronic devices to be charged overnight and went to do some personal surfing and uploading on my laptop.

Given that I was planning to undertake an additional Airport Express MTR roundabout day the next day, I set my mobile phone alarm for eight o' clock the next morning. Upon putting up my electronic devices to be charged overnight, both my younger brother and I chatted over how much we spent and enjoyed the first day of our shopping vacation in Hong Kong. With everyone becoming exhausted after having a long day downtown, we finally turned in by eleven o' clock for a well-earned good night's rest.

Overall, my 21st birthday celebration on the Airport Express MTR line and going on a model aircraft shopping spree in the Prince Edward area located near the Mong Kok district was a pleasant and fun-filled experience. Like my past two birthday celebrations I had in Japan in June 2014 and June 2015, this would be one of the best birthdays I have ever had, and the best one that I have ever had in Hong Kong. This would also be a birthday celebration that would never be forgotten, and I would certainly have to do this again should I come to Hong Kong for my birthdays in future.

Part 2 ~ Additional Airport Express MTR Rides Cum Family Dinner At Mong Kok

Early the next morning, which was Sunday (5 June), I woke up at exactly eight o' clock after my mobile phone alarm blasted off early. Getting up as quietly as possible, I went to have a nice, hot shower and changed into my attire before preparing the remainder of my required belongings for the day. According to my Hong Kong itinerary plans I had planned before our departure from Singapore a couple of days earlier, I had decided to undertake an additional MTR train roundabout day on the Airport Express MTR Line, with an additional bonus round scheduled for three o' clock (15 00) later that afternoon. Upon preparing my belongings that would be required for the day, I was finally ready to go at 8.20 a.m..

Since I had planned to catch the ten o' clock Airport Express train bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport from Central Hong Kong, I decided to head upstairs to The Horizon Club lounge located on the 20th and 21st floors to have some fresh breakfast first before leaving the hotel. Leaving my Room No. 1944 quietly, I took the nearest elevator up to the 20th and 21st floors, reaching The Horizon Club lounge at 8.25 a.m.. Securing a good table facing Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island on the 21st floor, a lounge waiter provided me with the à la carte breakfast menu to make my reviews before placing my main meal orders. Once I was ready to eat breakfast, a lounge waiter came by to my table to take down my main breakfast order.

As for the main breakfast course, I ordered some scrambled eggs served with crispy bacon, chicken sausage, hash browns and mushrooms, and a pot of Earl Grey Tea to start the day. With my Earl Grey Tea brought to me, I sat back to enjoy it, accompanied by my scrambled eggs served with crispy bacon, chicken sausage, hash browns and mushrooms. Taking the first bite of my main course, the scrambled eggs tasted fluffy and soft, with the crispy bacon, chicken sausage, hash browns and mushrooms being good accompaniments. It was a very delicious and refreshing à la carte breakfast, thus making it one of the best hotel breakfasts I have ever had in Hong Kong, being better than most of the buffet breakfasts served at the Hotel Novotel Citygate Hong Kong.

Finally arriving at the entrance to The Horizon Club lounge located on the 20th and 21st floors at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

The beautiful view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island from The Horizon Club lounge located on the 21st floor at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong on a clear but somewhat cloudy early morning

The interior of The Horizon Club lounge located on the 21st floor at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong during breakfast hours

Reviewing the à la carte breakfast menu in The Horizon Club lounge on the 21st floor of the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

A pot and cup of Earl Grey Tea for myself to commence the day

My main breakfast course: Scrambled eggs served with crispy bacon, chicken sausage, hash browns and mushrooms

After having a filling, refreshing and sumptuous breakfast in The Horizon Club lounge on the 21st floor of the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong, the clock was finally showing 8.45 a.m.. Given that my Airport Express MTR line roundabouts from Central Hong Kong would be scheduled to commence in less than two hours' time, I quickly grabbed my belongings and left The Horizon Club lounge before taking the nearest elevator down to the main hotel lobby and heading to the underground passageway leading to Tsim Sha Tsui Station.

Soon enough, I reached the main hotel lobby of the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong at 8.50 a.m.. Walking across the main hotel lobby, I quickly left the hotel and headed to the underground passageway to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Upon taking the escalator down to the underground passageway, I went to Tsim Sha Tsui Station, where I would catch the Tsuen Wan Line to Central Hong Kong before catching the Airport Express MTR line. The entire walk from the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong to Tsim Sha Tsui Station took just five minutes.

The interior of the main hotel lobby at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong in the early morning

The drop-off and pick-up point outside the main entrance to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong in the early morning

Finally arriving at the entrance to the underground passageway to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and Tsim Sha Tsui Station

The interior of the underground passageway linking to Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

Walking across the underground passageway linking to Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

Finally approaching the main entrance to Tsim Sha Tsui Station

After a short and quick early morning walk of not more than approximately five minutes from the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong, I finally arrived at the main entrance to Tsim Sha Tsui Station at 8.55 a.m.. Entering the main ticketing concourse itself, I went to the ticketing gates and tapped in before taking the escalators down to the Tsuen Wan Line platforms. As it was still the early morning rush hour on the Tsuen Wan Line at this time, I decided to wait for a Tsuen Wan Line train bound for Central Hong Kong that would be less crowded.

Waiting on the platforms for a few minutes, an 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A213-A178 ultimately arrived at Tsim Sha Tsui Station at 9.01 a.m. on Track No. 2. Once the train doors were opened, I promptly boarded the train via Car No. 1 (A213), and settled in for the early morning commuter rush trip of just five minutes to Central Hong Kong. Soon enough, all the train doors were closed, and the Tsuen Wan Line train finally pulled out of Tsim Sha Tsui Station, thus allowing me to be on my way for a short commuter trip of five minutes to Central Hong Kong.

The main station concourse at Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

Finally arriving at the main Tsuen Wan Line platforms at Tsim Sha Tsui Station

Track No. 2 serving the Tsuen Wan Line trains bound for Central Hong Kong at Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

The subway route indication map for trains departing from Track No. 2 at Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

The train departure information screens for Tsuen Wan Line trains departing from Track No. 2 at Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the early morning rush hour

Track No. 2 at Tsim Sha Tsui Station shortly before the Tsuen Wan Line train bound for Central Hong Kong arrived at the station

An 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A213-A178 finally arriving at Track No. 2 at Tsim Sha Tsui Station

Finally departing Tsim Sha Tsui Station

The interior of Car No. 1 (A213) on board the 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A213-A178 between Tsim Sha Tsui and Admiralty Stations

Making a brief stop at Admiralty Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 1 (A213) on board the 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A213-A178 indicating that the next station would be the Central terminal station

Finally arriving at the Central terminal station

After a short and quick early morning commuter rush trip of just five minutes from the busy Tsim Sha Tsui district in Kowloon, I finally arrived at the Central terminal station at 9.06 a.m. on Track No. 2. Being sure to check that there was absolutely nothing left behind, I quickly alighted from the train, and took the escalators up to the Island Line interchange concourse before heading to the paid underground passageway linking to Hong Kong Station at 9.10 a.m.. The entire walk to Hong Kong Station took not more than approximately five minutes. 

Arriving safely at the main Tung Chung Line concourse of Hong Kong Station, I went to the Airport Express interchange ticket gates and quickly took the elevator to the Airport Express concourse located on the second basement. Soon enough, I ultimately arrived at the Airport Express concourse at 9.15 a.m.. Though it was still quite early before I could catch the ten o' clock Airport Express train bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, I promptly used my Octopus Card to tap in through the main Airport Express ticketing gates, eventually reaching the platform at around 9.20 a.m..

Tracks No. 1 and 2 serving the Tsuen Wan Line trains at Central Station during the early morning rush hour

The Tsuen Wan Line and Island Line interchange concourse at Central Station during the early morning rush hour

Track No. 3 serving the Island Line trains bound for Chai Wan during the early morning rush hour

The entrance to the paid underground passageway linking between Central Station and Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

Finally arriving at the Tung Chung Line concourse of Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

The Airport Express interchange ticketing gates in the Tung Chung Line concourse of Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

The elevator linking to the Airport Express concourse in the Tung Chung Line concourse at Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

The Airport Express concourse of Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

Finally arriving at the sole Airport Express platform of Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E111-K411, operating as the 9.20 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport at Hong Kong Station during the early morning rush hour

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E107-K407, operating as the 9.30 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E102-K402, operating as the 9.40 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E104-K404, operating as the 9.50 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station shortly before the ten o' clock Airport Express train bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport arrived at the station

After spending approximately 35 minutes of anticipated waiting on Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains at Hong Kong Station, an 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K406-E106, which would operate as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, finally arrived at Hong Kong Station at 9.53 a.m. on Track No. 1. Once the train doors were opened, I quickly boarded the train via Car No. 1 (E106) and secured Seat No. 5A located near the rear baggage rack to begin my first Airport Express MTR round of the day.

Once the clock struck precisely ten o' clock sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of Hong Kong Station for its short and routine early afternoon trip of just 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport, which are located on Lantau Island to the west. I was then on my way for a short and routine early afternoon trip of 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre on Lantau Island located close to Hong Kong International Airport.

機場快綫 A-Train (K406-E106) 駛入港鐵香港站一號月台

The front view of Car No. 1 (E106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, operating as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear view of Car No. 1 (E106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, operating as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Getting ready to board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, operating as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 1 (E106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, operating as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear baggage rack in Car No. 1 (E106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, operating as the ten o' clock Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Awaiting departure from Hong Kong Station

機場快綫 (E106) 行走片段 香港至博覽館 (HOK TO AWE) (1/3)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (E106) 行走片段 香港至博覽館 (HOK TO AWE) (2/3)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (E106) 行走片段 香港至博覽館 (HOK TO AWE) (3/3)

After a short and quick early afternoon routine journey of just 28 minutes from Central Hong Kong, I finally arrived at the AsiaWorld-Expo terminal station at 10.28 a.m. on Track No. 1. Checking to see that nothing was left behind in Car No. 1 (E106), I quickly alighted from the train, and made my turnaround to Car No. 2 (F106) in preparation for the return trip back to Central Hong Kong. Securing Seat No. 6A by the front baggage rack in Car No. 2 (F106), I settled in for the remaining half of my first Airport Express MTR round of the day, with the departure timing scheduled for 10.34 a.m..

Once the clock struck precisely 10.34 a.m. sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of AsiaWorld-Expo Station for its short and routine early afternoon return trip of 28 minutes to the busy and lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong in Hong Kong Island. I was then on my way for a short and quick routine early afternoon return trip of 28 minutes back to the busy and lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong, thus resuming my first Airport Express MTR round of the day.

Track No. 1 serving the eastbound Airport Express trains bound for Central Hong Kong via Hong Kong International Airport at AsiaWorld-Expo Station during the early afternoon rush hour

The front view of Car No. 2 (F106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K406-E106, now operating as the 10.34 a.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The rear view of Car No. 2 (F106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K406-E106, now operating as the 10.34 a.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 2 (F106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K406-E106, now operating as the 10.34 a.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E103-K403 on the disused island platform at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The front baggage rack in Car No. 2 (F106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K406-E106, now operating as the 10.34 a.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

Awaiting departure from AsiaWorld-Expo Station

機場快綫 (F106) 行走片段 博覽館至香港 (AWE TO HOK) (1/3)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (F106) 行走片段 博覽館至香港 (AWE TO HOK) (2/3)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (F106) 行走片段 博覽館至香港 (AWE TO HOK) (3/3)

After a short routine early afternoon travel duration of 28 minutes from the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport in Lantau Island to the west of Hong Kong, I finally arrived back at the Hong Kong terminal station at 11.02 a.m. on Track No. 1. Checking to see that nothing was left behind on board, I promptly alighted from the train and made a turnover to Car No. 1 (E106) to begin my second Airport Express MTR round of the day. Securing Seat No. 5A located near the rear baggage rack, the departure time would also be expected at 11.10 a.m. at the same time.

Once the clock struck precisely 11.10 a.m. sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of Hong Kong Station for its short and quick routine afternoon trip of 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport located on Lantau Island to the west of Hong Kong. I was then on my way for my second Airport Express MTR round of the day. During this second round, I would stop at Hong Kong International Airport for a shopping and lunch break.

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport during the early afternoon rush hour

Getting ready to board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, now operating as the 11.10 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear view of Car No. 1 (E106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, now operating as the 11.10 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 1 (E106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, now operating as the 11.10 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear baggage rack in Car No. 1 (E106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, now operating as the 11.10 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Awaiting departure from Hong Kong Station

機場快綫 (E106) 行走片段 香港至機場 (HOK TO AIR) (1/2)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (E106) 行走片段 香港至機場 (HOK TO AIR) (2/2)

After a short and quick routine early afternoon trip of 24 minutes from the lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong, I finally arrived at Hong Kong International Airport at 11.34 a.m. on Tracks No. 1 and 3. Checking to see that there was nothing left behind on board Car No. 1 (E106), I quickly alighted from the train via Track No. 1, and walked through the automated moving passageway linking to the main departures and check-in hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 located on the seventh floor of the terminal building.

Since I was in for some shopping first, I decided to search for a nearby shop that would be the most suitable and attractive to all my tastes and preferences. Without wasting anymore time, I quickly walked across the departures and check-in hall in Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1, before heading to the rear of the area. For the next few minutes, I had a good look through the many shops available carefully before selecting the shop that would be the most suitable and attractive to my tastes and preferences.

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo at Hong Kong International Airport during the early afternoon rush hour

The 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, operating as the 11.10 a.m. Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport from Central Hong Kong, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong International Airport

Overlooking the arrivals and meeting hall on the fifth floor from the seventh floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

Finally arriving at the departures and check-in hall on the seventh floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

Finally arriving at Toys & Games hobby shop located at the rear of the departures and check-in hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

After looking across the various shops available in the departures and check-in hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1, I finally arrived at a notable local toys and electronics hobby shop, known as Toys & Games, once again at 11.40 a.m.. Entering the hobby shop, I decided to have a good look across the many aircraft models on display very carefully prior to ensuring that I had selected the ones that would be the most suitable and attractive to my tastes and preferences. It dawned upon me that I was planning to purchase a three-aircraft model set at the same time.

While shopping at Toys & Games hobby shop, I purchased four Herpa Wings Scale 1:500 aircraft models, which included a China Airlines three-aircraft model set. Upon purchasing my new Herpa Wings aircraft models, I was beginning to feel quite hungry for some lunch. With that moment, I departed Toys & Games hobby shop and went across the departures and check-in hall before taking the elevator downwards to the arrivals and meeting hall on the fifth floor. In the arrivals and meeting hall, I looked through the various restaurants very carefully before selecting the one that would be the most suited for my taste buds.

Soon enough, I finally stumbled upon a local Chinese restaurant located in the arrivals and meeting hall, known as Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Traditional Chinese: 翡翠拉麵小籠包; Simplified Chinese: 翡翠拉面小笼包), at 11.55 a.m.. Upon securing a table number ticket for myself located near the cashier counter, a restaurant waitress then directed me to an empty table. With all my belongings secured, the menus were provided, thus allowing me to make my reviews before placing my main meal order for the upcoming lunch break.

Once I was ready to eat, the restaurant waitress came over to my table to record down my main lunch order. As I was to catch the 12.59 p.m. Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong to resume my second Airport Express MTR round, I ordered a plate of sautéed sliced beef with scallions and a bowl of steamed white rice. With my orders taken down, the waitress hurried back to the galley, seeing that I was hurrying to catch the Airport Express back to Central Hong Kong. Soon enough, with my main lunch order brought over to me at 12.15 p.m., I promptly tucked into my lunch. It was a filling and sumptuous lunch, knowing that I could not resume my Airport Express MTR rounds on an empty stomach.

As for the new Herpa Wings Scale 1:500 aircraft models I had newly purchased from the Toys & Games hobby shop, they were, as follows:

1) China Airlines Airbus A330-302 • Boeing 737-809 • Boeing 747-409 (Three-Aircraft Model Set) Herpa Scale 1:500 (514231)

China Airlines Airbus A330-302 • Boeing 737-809 • Boeing 747-409 (Three-Aircraft Model Set) Herpa Scale 1:500 (514231)

2) Lufthansa Boeing 747-430 "FC Bayern München: China Tour 2015" Herpa Scale 1:500 (528306)

Lufthansa Boeing 747-430 "FC Bayern München: China Tour 2015" Herpa Scale 1:500 (528306)

3) Qantas Airbus A330-303 "80 Years of International Travel" Herpa Scale 1:500 (528672)

Qantas Airbus A330-303 "80 Years of International Travel" Herpa Scale 1:500 (528672)

4) Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-3F2/ER "Istanbul - San Francisco" Herpa Scale 1:500 (528290)

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-3F2/ER "Istanbul - San Francisco" Herpa Scale 1:500 (528290)

The departures and check-in hall on the seventh floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 during the early afternoon rush hour

Finally arriving at the arrivals and meeting hall on the fifth floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

Finally arriving at Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Traditional Chinese: 翡翠拉麵小籠包; Simplified Chinese: 翡翠拉面小笼包) in the arrivals and meeting hall on the fifth floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

The view of Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Traditional Chinese: 翡翠拉麵小籠包; Simplified Chinese: 翡翠拉面小笼包) in the arrivals and meeting hall on the fifth floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 from my table during lunchtime hours

Reviewing the main menu at Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Traditional Chinese: 翡翠拉麵小籠包; Simplified Chinese: 翡翠拉面小笼包) in the arrivals and meeting hall on the fifth floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1

My main lunch course: Sautéed sliced beef served with scallions and steamed white rice

After having a sumptuous and filling lunch break at Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao in the arrivals and meeting hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1, the clock was finally showing 12.30 p.m.. Knowing that I had only 25 minutes left to catch the 12.59 p.m. Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong, I promptly paid up my lunch bill and left the restaurant with my belongings secured. I then went to have a washroom break before heading to the eastbound Airport Express platform of Hong Kong International Airport.

Rushing through the passageway, I finally arrived at the eastbound Airport Express platform (Track No. 2) at 12.35 p.m.. Relieved that I had arrived at the eastbound Airport Express platform very early, I decided to spot a few Airport Express trains heading for Central Hong Kong via Kowloon arriving and departing from Hong Kong International Airport. As I waited for the 12.59 p.m. Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong to arrive, I sorted out my belongings before resuming my second Airport Express MTR round of the day.

The arrivals and meeting hall on the fifth floor of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 during the early afternoon rush hour

Finally approaching Track No. 2 at Hong Kong International Airport during the early afternoon rush hour

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K402-E102, operating as the 12.39 p.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, on Track No. 2 at Hong Kong International Airport

Track No. 2 serving the Airport Express trains bound for Central Hong Kong at Hong Kong International Airport during the early afternoon rush hour

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K404-E104, operating as the 12.48 p.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, on Track No. 2 at Hong Kong International Airport

Track No. 2 at Hong Kong International Airport shortly before the 12.59 p.m. Airport Express train bound for Central Hong Kong arrived at the station

After spending almost 15 minutes of anticipated waiting on the eastbound platform, an 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K406-E106, operating as the 12.59 p.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, ultimately arrived at Hong Kong International Airport at 12.55 p.m. on Track No. 2. Once the train doors were opened, I quickly boarded the train via Car No. 2 (F106), and secured Seat No. 6A located near the front baggage rack for the short and quick early afternoon return journey of just 24 minutes back to Central Hong Kong.

Once the clock struck precisely 12.59 p.m. sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of Hong Kong International Airport for the remainder of its routine early afternoon commuter trip of 29 minutes from AsiaWorld-Expo to Central Hong Kong. I was then on my way for a short and quick routine early afternoon journey of just 24 minutes to the lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong, resuming my second Airport Express MTR Line round of the day in preparation for the third one to commence.

機場快綫 A-Train (K406-E106) 駛入港鐵機場站二號月台

The front baggage rack in Car No. 2 (F106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K406-E106, operating as the 12.59 p.m. Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 2 at Hong Kong International Airport

Awaiting departure from Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (F106) 行走片段 機場至香港 (AIR TO HOK) (1/2)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (F106) 行走片段 機場至香港 (AIR TO HOK) (2/2)

After a short and quick routine early afternoon return trip of just 24 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport, I finally arrived at the Hong Kong terminal station at 1.23 p.m. (13 23) on Track No. 1. Since I had completed my second Airport Express MTR round for the day, I quickly alighted from the train with my belongings, and made my quick turnover to Car No. 1 (E106) to commence my third Airport Express MTR round of the day. Securing Seat No. 5A in Car No. 1 (E106), I settled back for the departure time from Hong Kong Station scheduled for 1.30 p.m. (13 30).

Once the clock struck exactly 1.30 p.m. (13 30) sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train ultimately pulled out of Hong Kong Station for its short and routine afternoon trip of just 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport located on Lantau Island in the west. I was then on my way for a short and routine mid-afternoon trip of 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport located in Lantau Island to the west, beginning my third Airport Express MTR round of the day.

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport during the early afternoon rush hour

Getting ready to board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, now operating as the 1.30 p.m. (13 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The front view of Car No. 1 (E106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, now operating as the 1.30 p.m. (13 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear view of Car No. 1 (E106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, now operating as the 1.30 p.m. (13 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 1 (E106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, now operating as the 1.30 p.m. (13 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear baggage rack in Car No. 1 (E106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, now operating as the 1.30 p.m. (13 30) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Awaiting departure from Hong Kong Station

機場快綫 (E106) 行走片段 香港至青衣 (HOK TO TSY)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (E106) 行走片段 青衣至機場 (TSY TO AIR)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (E106) 行走片段 機場至博覽館 (AIR TO AWE)

After a short and quick routine early afternoon journey from the busy and lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong, I ultimately arrived at the AsiaWorld-Expo terminal station at 1.58 p.m. (13 58) on Track No. 1. Checking to see that there was nothing left behind on board Car No. 1 (E106), I promptly alighted from the train and made my turnaround to Car No. 2 (F106) for the trip back to Central Hong Kong. I then secured Seat No. 6A located near the front baggage rack, with the departure timing scheduled for 2.04 p.m (14 04).

Once the clock struck exactly 2.04 p.m. (14 04) sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of AsiaWorld-Expo Station for its cloudy routine early afternoon return trip of 28 minutes to the busy and lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong located in the heart of the Central and Western District of Hong Kong Island. I was then on my way for a short and quick cloudy mid-afternoon trip of just 28 minutes back to the lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong located in the heart of the Central and Western District of Hong Kong Island.

Track No. 1 serving the eastbound Airport Express trains bound for Central Hong Kong via Hong Kong International Airport at AsiaWorld-Expo Station during the early afternoon rush hour

The front view of Car No. 2 (F106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K406-E106, now operating as the 2.04 p.m. (14 04) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The rear view of Car No. 2 (F106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K406-E106, now operating as the 2.04 p.m. (14 04) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 2 (F106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K406-E106, now operating as the 2.04 p.m. (14 04) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The front baggage rack in Car No. 2 (F106) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K406-E106, now operating as the 2.04 p.m. (14 04) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

Awaiting departure from AsiaWorld-Expo Station

機場快綫 (F106) 行走片段 博覽館至機場 (AWE TO AIR)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (F106) 行走片段 機場至青衣 (AIR TO TSY)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (F106) 行走片段 青衣至香港 (TSY TO HOK)

After a short and quick routine afternoon return trip of 28 minutes from the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island in the western region of Hong Kong, I finally arrived at the Hong Kong terminal station at 2.32 p.m. (14 32) on Track No. 1. Checking to see that there was nothing left behind on board Car No. 2 (F106), I promptly alighted from the train and tapped my Octopus Card out via the Airport Express ticket gates before having quick washroom break in the Airport Express concourse.

Upon having a quick washroom break, I suddenly realised that I had very limited time before my Airport Express MTR bonus round, which would depart from Hong Kong Station at three o' clock (15 00). With that, I promptly tapped back in via the Airport Express ticketing gates again with my Octopus Card, arriving back at the sole Airport Express platform by 2.40 p.m.. While I waited for the three o' clock (15 00) Airport Express train bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, I sorted out my belongings to ensure I had everything in preparation for the trip.

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport during the mid-afternoon rush hour

The 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E106-K406, now operating as the 2.40 p.m. (14 40) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The Airport Express concourse of Hong Kong Station during the mid-afternoon rush hour

The main ticketing gates in the Airport Express concourse of Hong Kong Station during the mid-afternoon rush hour

Finally arriving back at the sole Airport Express platform of Hong Kong Station during the mid-afternoon rush hour

An 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E105-K405, operating as the 2.50 p.m. (14 50) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station shortly before the three o' clock (15 00) Airport Express train bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport arrived at the station

After spending approximately 15 minutes of anticipated waiting on Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains at Hong Kong Station, an 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K408-E108, which would soon operate as the three o' clock (15 00) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, finally arrived at Hong Kong Station at 2.53 p.m. (14 53) on Track No. 1. Once the train doors were opened, I promptly boarded the train via Car No. 1 (E108) and secured Seat No. 5A near the rear baggage rack to commence my Airport Express MTR bonus round of the day.

Once the clock struck precisely three o' clock (15 00) sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of Hong Kong Station for its routine afternoon trip of 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island located to the west. I was then on my way for a short routine afternoon Airport Express bonus round trip of just 28 minutes to the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island to the west of Hong Kong.

機場快綫 A-Train (K408-E108) 駛入港鐵香港站一號月台

The front view of Car No. 1 (E108) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E108-K408, operating as the three o' clock (15 00) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear view of Car No. 1 (E108) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E108-K408, operating as the three o' clock (15 00) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Getting ready to board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E108-K408, operating as the three o' clock (15 00) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 1 (E108) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E108-K408, operating as the three o' clock (15 00) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The rear baggage rack in Car No. 1 (E108) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E108-K408, operating as the three o' clock (15 00) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

Awaiting departure from Hong Kong Station

機場快綫 (E108) 行走片段 香港至青衣 (HOK TO TSY)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (E108) 行走片段 青衣至機場 (TSY TO AIR)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (E108) 行走片段 機場至博覽館 (AIR TO AWE)

After a short and quick early afternoon routine trip of 28 minutes from Central Hong Kong, I finally arrived at the AsiaWorld-Expo terminal station at 3.28 p.m. (15 28) on Track No. 1. Checking to see that nothing was left behind in Car No. 1 (E108), I quickly alighted from the train, and made my turnaround to Car No. 3 (G108) in preparation for the return trip back to Central Hong Kong. Securing Seat No. 6A located by the front baggage rack in Car No. 3 (G108), I settled down for the remaining half of my Airport Express MTR bonus round of the day, with the departure timing scheduled for 3.34 p.m. (15 34).

Once the clock struck exactly 3.34 p.m. (15 34) sharp, all the train doors were closed, and the Airport Express train finally pulled out of AsiaWorld-Expo Station for its short and quick routine afternoon trip of just 28 minutes to the busy and lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong in the heart of the Central and Western District in Hong Kong Island. I was then on my way for a short and quick routine afternoon trip of 28 minutes back to the busy hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong, where my bonus Airport Express round for the day would finish.

Track No. 1 serving the eastbound Airport Express trains bound for Central Hong Kong via Hong Kong International Airport at AsiaWorld-Expo Station during the mid-afternoon rush hour

The front view of Car No. 3 (G108) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K408-E108, now operating as the 3.34 p.m. (15 34) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The rear view of Car No. 3 (G108) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K408-E108, now operating as the 3.34 p.m. (15 34) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The front baggage rack in Car No. 3 (G108) on board the 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. K408-E108, now operating as the 3.34 p.m. (15 34) Airport Express service bound for Central Hong Kong, during the boarding process on Track No. 1 at AsiaWorld-Expo Station

Awaiting departure from AsiaWorld-Expo Station

機場快綫 (G108) 行走片段 博覽館至機場 (AWE TO AIR)

Making a brief stop at Hong Kong International Airport

機場快綫 (G108) 行走片段 機場至青衣 (AIR TO TSY)

Making a brief stop at Tsing Yi Station

機場快綫 (G108) 行走片段 青衣至香港 (TSY TO HOK)

After a short and quick routine afternoon return trip of 28 minutes from the AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition and convention centre via Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island, I ultimately arrived back at the Hong Kong terminal station at 4.02 p.m. (16 02) on Track No. 1. Checking to see that nothing had been left behind on board Car No. 3 (G108), I quickly alighted from the train and exited through the main Airport Express ticketing gates, before heading to the elevator linking to Central Station and the Tung Chung Line concourse.

Since I was beginning to feel tired after completing my Airport Express MTR rounds for the day, I decided to head back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong for a well-earned late afternoon rest. With that, I took the elevator down to the Tung Chung Line concourse, arriving there by 4.10 p.m.. I then walked across the paid underground passageway linking between Hong Kong Station and Central Station in preparation to catch the Tsuen Wan Line back to the Tsim Sha Tsui district, arriving at the Tsuen Wan Line concourse at 4.15 p.m..

Upon arriving at the Tsuen Wan Line platforms, an 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A244-A127 finally arrived at Central Station at 4.17 p.m. (16 17) on Track No. 2. Once the train doors were opened, I boarded the train via Car No. 3 (D771), and settled down for the short and quick late afternoon commuter trip of four minutes back to the Tsim Sha Tsui district. Soon enough, at around 4.22 p.m. (16 22), all the train doors were closed, and the Tsuen Wan Line train finally pulled out of Central Station, allowing me to be on my way for a short and quick late afternoon trip of four minutes back to the Tsim Sha Tsui district.

Track No. 1 serving the Airport Express trains bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport during the late afternoon rush hour

The 8-car Adtranz-CAF A-Stock EMU Set No. E108-K408, now operating as the 4.10 p.m. (16 10) Airport Express service bound for AsiaWorld-Expo via Hong Kong International Airport, on Track No. 1 at Hong Kong Station

The Airport Express concourse of Hong Kong Station during the late afternoon rush hour

Finally arriving at the Tung Chung Line concourse of Hong Kong Station during the late afternoon rush hour

Walking across the paid underground passageway linking between Hong Kong Station and Central Station during the late afternoon rush hour

Track No. 3 serving the Island Line trains bound for Chai Wan during the late afternoon rush hour

The Tsuen Wan Line and Island Line interchange concourse at Central Station during the late afternoon rush hour

Finally arriving at Tsuen Wan Line platforms at Central Station during the late afternoon rush hour

Track No. 2 serving some of the Tsuen Wan Line trains bound for Tsuen Wan at Central Station during the late afternoon rush hour

An 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A244-A127 finally arriving at Track No. 2 at Central Station

The interior of Car No. 3 (D771) on board the 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A244-A127 during the boarding process on Track No. 2 at Central Station

Finally departing Central Station

Making a brief stop at Admiralty Station

The LED destination information panel in Car No. 3 (D771) on board the 8-car Metro Cammell M-Stock EMU Set No. A244-A127 indicating that the next station would be Tsim Sha Tsui

Finally arriving back at Tsim Sha Tsui Station

After a short and quick late afternoon return trip of not more than just four minutes from the busy and lively hustle and bustle of Central Hong Kong, I ultimately arrived back at Tsim Sha Tsui Station at 4.26 p.m. (16 26) on Track No. 1. Checking to see that there was absolutely nothing left behind on board, I promptly alighted from the train and took the escalator up to the main station concourse. Tapping my Octopus Card through the ticketing gates, I exited the Tsuen Wan Line concourse and walked across the unpaid underground passageway to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station in the direction to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong.

Taking the escalator back up to the streets of Mody Road, I finally arrived back at the main entrance to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong at 4.35 p.m.. Entering the main hotel lobby, I headed to the elevator lobby to take the nearest elevator back up to the 19th floor, eventually arriving back at my Room No. 1944 at 4.40 p.m.. Given that I was in need of a well-earned afternoon rest after spending another roundabout day on the Airport Express MTR line, I spent the rest of the afternoon and part of the early evening surfing my laptop and uploading my videos on my YouTube channel, with my younger brother returning to the room by around 6.30 p.m. later that evening.

Tracks No. 1 and 2 serving the Tsuen Wan Line trains at Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the late afternoon rush hour

The main station concourse at Tsim Sha Tsui Station during the late afternoon rush hour

Walking across the underground passageway linking to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station via Mody Road in the late afternoon

The entrance to the underground passageway to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and Tsim Sha Tsui Station in the late afternoon

Finally arriving back at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

The interior of the main hotel lobby at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong in the late afternoon

Finally arriving back at my Room No. 1944 on the 19th floor of the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

The view of Mody Road in the Tsim Sha Tsui district from my Room No. 1944 at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong in the late afternoon

The interior view of my Room No. 1944 on the 19th floor of the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong in the late afternoon

After spending the rest of the entire afternoon having a rest in my Room No. 1944, I finally received a phone call from my parents at around eight o' clock, notifying me and my brother they were planning to have a hot pot family dinner in the Mong Kok district. As our parents' reminder for us to get prepared for dinner was sent, we prepared our necessary belongings and left our Rooms No. 1944 and 1945 at 8.25 p.m.. Taking the nearby elevator down to the main hotel lobby on the ground floor with our parents, we ultimately arrived at the main hotel lobby at 8.30 p.m..

Heading out the the hotel's drop-off and pick-up area, we promptly informed the butler that we were heading to the Mong Kok area for a hot pot family dinner. Once the hotel butler hailed the nearest cab down for us, we quickly informed the driver to take us to Langham Place located in the Mong Kok district. With everyone safely on board the cab, we finally departed the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong at 8.35 p.m. for a short and quick early evening cab ride of 10 minutes to Langham Place in the centre of the Mong Kok area.

Langham Place (Chinese: 朗豪坊) is a commercial skyscraper and shopping complex in the centre of the Mong Kok area of the Yau Tsim Mong District of Kowloon, Hong Kong. Opened on 25 January 2005, the complex occupies two blocks on Argyle Street, Portland Street, Reclamation Street and Shantung Street and houses a large shopping mall occupying 15 floors, together with the Cordis Hotel Hong Kong, which spans 42 floors above ground level. The complex is easily accessible from Mong Kok Station via the Tsuen Wan Line and Kwun Tong Line on the MTR metro network.

The interior of the main hotel lobby at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong at night

The red urban cab that would soon take us to Langham Place in the Mong Kok area at the main entrance to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

Finally departing the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

Travelling across Mody Road shortly after departing the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

Travelling up the Nathan Road flyover close to Victoria Harbour at night

Travelling across the Nathan Road flyover bridge near Hung Hom Station

Travelling across the Nathan Road flyover bridge on route to the Mong Kok area from the Tsim Sha Tsui area

Travelling down the Nathan Road flyover expressway to the junction leading to the Mong Kok and Jordan areas

Travelling through the Jordan area of Nathan Road on route to Mong Kok at night

Travelling past some shops located between the Mong Kok and Jordan areas of Nathan Road

Travelling on the busy and somewhat narrow roads of Mong Kok shortly before arriving at Langham Place

Finally arriving at the main entrance to Langham Place in the Mong Kok area

After a short and quick early evening cab ride of 10 minutes from the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong in Mody Road, we finally arrived at the main entrance to Langham Place at 8.45 p.m.. Checking to see that there was nothing left behind on board, we quickly paid up our cab fare and alighted from the cab before deciding what to do next around the area. While my mum decided to explore around Langham Place for a while, my dad and younger brother decided to look for a nearby local hot pot restaurant for dinner. Before leaving us to begin our search, my mum promised to meet us once she had finished at Langham Place.

With that instant, I followed my dad and younger brother across the lively nightlife of Mong Kok in search of a local hot pot restaurant. Soon enough, we finally stumbled upon notable and very familiar local hot pot restaurant, known as Little Sheep Hot Pot (Chinese: 小肥羊), at 8.50 p.m.. Entering the main restaurant level, we went to the small restaurant reception counter, where we requested for a table for the four of us. Once our turn for a table came, we took the elevator up to the third floor, where the main dining area was located.

Once we were directed to an empty dining table, we were given the main menus to make our reviews before placing our main meal orders. Once we were ready to eat, a waitress came by to record down our main meal orders. We ordered several platters of sliced meat, including high quality sliced lamb, sliced beef, sliced pork, luncheon meat, instant noodles, deep-fried sliced tofu and deep-fried tofu balls. Furthermore, we also ordered a simple pot filled with chicken-based stock soup without spicy condiments in it, given that my younger brother and I have high allergies to chilli and most spices.

With our main orders arriving in stages, we started to put in the condiments in stages and sat back to enjoy the dinner. My mum then joined us at the restaurant for dinner at around 9.25 p.m., as agreed. Soon enough, everyone sat back to enjoy the family hot pot dinner gathering. Despite the local hot pot dinner being rather delicious and filling, the restaurant service was relatively slow since there were lots of diners crowding Little Sheep Hot Pot in the Mong Kok area for a hot pot dinner, leading it to be rather nothing special as well.

The relatively narrow street roads near Langham Place in the Mong Kok area at night shortly after we had arrived

Walking through the nightlife streets of the Mong Kok area at night in search of a nearby hot pot restaurant

Finally arriving at Little Sheep Hot Pot Restaurant (Chinese: 小肥羊)

The entrance door to the main dining area on the third floor at Little Sheep Hot Pot Restaurant (Chinese: 小肥羊) in the Mong Kok area

The interior of Little Sheep Hot Pot Restaurant (Chinese: 小肥羊) in the Mong Kok area during dinner hours shortly after we had arrived

A small platter of mixed nuts to commence the hot pot dinner

A large metal pot containing chicken-based stock soup for our hot pot dinner gathering

A large platter of high quality sliced lamb to be shared among us

A large tray containing platters of sliced beef, luncheon meat, instant noodles and deep-fried tofu slices ready to be cooked and shared among us

A large tray containing platters of mushrooms and vegetables ready to be cooked and shared among us

Two platters of silken tofu and deep-fried tofu balls ready to be cooked and shared among us

A large tray containing platters of sliced Australian Wagyu beef, sliced pork, silken tofu and deep-fried tofu balls ready to be cooked and shared among us

Several pieces of deep-fried tofu slices, deep-fried tofu balls and vegetables cooking in the metal hot pot

More pieces of deep-fried tofu slices, deep-fried tofu balls and vegetables cooking in the metal hot pot

Several pieces of deep-fried tofu slices, deep-fried tofu balls, sliced lamb and vegetables cooking in the metal hot pot

Several pieces of deep-fried tofu slices, deep-fried tofu balls, sliced beef and vegetables cooking in the metal hot pot

Several pieces of instant noodles and vegetables cooking in the metal hot pot, with the last sliced beef condiments awaiting cooking

The interior of Little Sheep Hot Pot Restaurant (Chinese: 小肥羊) in the Mong Kok area during dinner hours shortly before we headed back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

After having a large and filling family hot pot dinner at Little Sheep Hot Pot Restaurant, the clock was finally showing 10.15 p.m.. Since we were feel exhausted and stuffed to the brim, we knew that the only thing left to do was to return to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong in Mody Road near Tsim Sha Tsui for a well-earned rest for the night. Without wasting anymore time, we quickly paid our dinner bill and left the restaurant with our belongings by 10.20 p.m., taking the elevator back down to the ground level of the restaurant building.

Upon departing Little Sheep Hot Pot Restaurant, we quickly headed over to a nearby cab stand located near Langham Place to hail a cab down to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong. Hailing the nearest red cab down, we boarded and informed the cab driver to take us back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong. Once everyone was safely on board, we finally departed the lively nightlife streets of Mong Kok area at 10.25 p.m. for a short late night cab ride of 10 minutes back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong located in the centre of Mody Road in the Tsim Sha Tsui area.

The relatively narrow street roads near Langham Place in the Mong Kok area at night shortly before we headed back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

The red urban cab that would soon take us back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel waiting near the cab stands close to Langham Place in the Mong Kok area

Finally departing the lively nightlife of the Mong Kok area in the Yau Tsim Mong District

Travelling up the Nathan Road flyover leading to Hung Hom, Tsim Sha Tsui and Central Hong Kong

Travelling across the Nathan Road flyover bridge near the Yau Ma Tei area in the Yau Tsim Mong district

Travelling across Nathan Road close to some housing apartments near Mong Kok East

Travelling across Nathan Road leading to the Tsim Sha Tsui area at night

Bypassing The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong on Salisbury Road in the Tsim Sha Tsui district

Travelling along Nathan Road by Victoria Harbour on route back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

Travelling along Mody Road in the Tsim Sha Tsui district on route back to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

Finally arriving back at the main entrance to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong

The interior of the main hotel lobby at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong during the late night hours shortly after we had arrived back

After a short routine late night return cab trip of not more than just 10 minutes from the busy and lively nightlife of the Mong Kok area, we ultiamtely arrived back at the main entrance to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong at 10.35 p.m.. Checking to see that  nothing was left behind on board, we paid our cab fare and headed into the main hotel lobby. Heading to the elevator lobby, we took the nearest elevator back up to the 19th floor, arriving safely at our respective Rooms No. 1944 and 1945 by 10.40 p.m..

Entering our respective Rooms No. 1944 and 1945, we set up our electronic devices to be charged overnight and had a nice, hot shower. Upon changing up into our pyjamas for the night, we spent the remainder of the late night using our own electronic devices for our own entertainment. Since I was not scheduled to travel on any MTR metro lines the next day, I knew that I could join my family for a family lunch gathering around the Tsim Sha Tsui area the next afternoon. Since everyone was feeling exhausted after spending a long day, we finally turned in between one or two o' clock for a well-earned good night's sleep.

This officially brings the second sub-section of my mid-summer 21st birthday vacation to Hong Kong in June 2016 to a formal conclusion. The remaining two segments of the trip report shall be posted publicly once I have selected the highest quality photographs and videos for each remaining segment. Please do be patient as this would require a certain amount of time and effort to ensure that the posted photographs and videos are attractive for each future segment of the entire trip report.

2 comments:

  1. One of the trains you mentioned above(A197/A168) has become A197/A182.

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    1. Oh, yes. I have already made the necessary edits. Thanks for the info.

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