Friday, 27 October 2017

Novotel Citrygate Airport Hotel, Tung Chung


Changi Airport, Singapore
A scene from Changi Airport, Singapore.
"Hey...wait for me!"


This is the 1st time we stayed in Tung Chung, so far away from HK's city centre. But then we only here so that we could catch a flight to China the next day. I guess this is 1 of the reasons what an airport hotel is for. Naturally, there's a free hotel shuttle (runs every 15 mins or so) that moves us between the airport and the hotel (about 10 mins drive).

Sculpture, T2, HKIA, Hong Kong
The sculpture locates not far from Terminal 2 of HKIA where we caught the shutter bus to Novotel


Sculpture, T2, HKIA, Hong Kong Sculpture, T2, HKIA, Hong Kong

T2, HKIA, Hong Kong
A corner of HKIA T2

shrub, Penzai, bonzai, T2, HKIA, Hong Kong
This penzai (盆栽 = bonzai) display located in front of  Bay 25 (see top right corner of photo).
(The blue) Novotel shuttle bus departs from Bay 29 - 30 every 15 mins. I forgot to tip the driver. Do so for me.

Model, T2, HKIA, Hong Kong
Model of HKIA Terminal (2 presumably).

Lobby, Novotel Citygate, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Lobby, Novotel Citygate, Tung Chung

There's not much to do in Tung Chung except shopping at the Citygate Outlets Mall, which houses factory outlets for high-end designer labels. This mall is like Horizon Plaza, except this place sells higher end brands. So for those who are more value minded, Horizon Plaza is a better place. That's Ada's opinion, who has been to both places, and an expert in retail therapy (so much so that i think she needs therapy to cure her of her retail therapy). She likes Horizon Plaza, and said the choices are wider.

Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Citygate Outlets

I managed to get a pair of Adidas runner for 420 HKD, which is a nice catch. It seems that only Adidas makes a decent shoes for my flat-footed, uneven feet.


Adidas runner, Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung, Hong Kong


There're a lot of Mainland Chinese tourists shop here, which is odd. Remember that all these designer label fashions are made in Mainland China (probably close to 100%), and the Mainland's living cost / standard of living are (still) considerably lower than that of HK's. Both of these lead one to conclude that these designer brands have to be sold cheaper in Mainland than in HK. From what i've gathered, it's the reverse. I guess there're probably the policies of those multinational brands that they limit a number of factory outlets in a given geographical region


From the view outside my hotel window, you can see that that's not much actions around Tung Chung except nice mountains and sea, and the ultra-thin LED / LCD TV looking apartment complex that houses most of the locals.


Tung Chung Crescent Apartment, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
View outside my hotel window: the arc-shaped apartment blocks that appropriately named Tung Chung Crescent Apartment

Novotel Citygate, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Tung Chung Crescent apartment block
and Novotel Citygate

Lift's buttons, Novotel Citygate, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
In Novotel Citygate, no Chinese or Westerners have to stay in unlucky floors.
Some buildings omit "13" due to Western superstition (numerous reasons).
Other buildings omit "14" due to Chinese superstition (it puns with "Sure die").
Go to Macau and gamble your hearts out ! (don't do it. It's only an empty dare).

There're a local mall (Fu Tung Plaza 富東廣場) across and over Tung Chung MTR station via a sky-bridge that serves the residents in this apartment complex. We had our breakfast there in Tsui Wah Restaurant (翠華餐廳).

Sky-bridge, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Sky-bridge that connects Citygate Outlets to Fu Tung Plaza


Atrium, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Atrium, Fu Tung Plaza


Tsui Wah is located right at one end of the sky-bridge. I would like to have breakfast at a HK's so-called tea-restaurant (= cha chaan teng 茶餐廳). This is a place where you get your variety of Cantonese main staple of rice, soup noodle, congee, etc dishes.

Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong



Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
A modern crowd-pleasing upgrade of olden HK-style cha chaan teng

I ordered a Satay Beef Noodle, Fish Ball Noodle, and last but not least, in fact a must drink, stocking milk tea ("stocking" as in lady legwear).

Receipt, Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
HK's prices are no longer as cheap as it used to be.


Since Tung Chung is a small town, and so i don't expect high standard. It met my expectation, and the milk tea is nice enough.


Fishball noodle soup, Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Fish ball noodle soup and milk tea


Porkbelly noodle soup, Tsui Wah Restaurant, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Pork belly noodle soup

It was only after i stayed here that i realized that there's a (2+ hours) bus service to go from Tung Chung to Tai O Fishing Village, which is one of our place to see. But we didn't plan to go from here, but from Causeway Bay when we came back from China. To get to Tai O from Causeway Bay would require 4 legs of journey (of various public transportation interchanges) where Tung Chung to Tai O being the last leg.

Now that we know that, we would stay here next time and make time for the Tai O trip from here. One of these days...