A Sneak Peek into the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

A few weeks ago, I got a behind-the-scenes tour of the up and coming Kai Tak Cruise Terminal at the site of the old Kai Tak Airport.

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Kai Tak Cruise Terminal: parking lot view

Jeff Bent, the Managing Director for the Cruise, Rail, and Business Development of Worldwide Cruise Terminals gave us an insider’s look into the future of Hong Kong Tourism. Or at least, a huge part of it.

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Kai Tak Cruise Terminal; on what used to be the runway. Can you believe a plane skidded off the runway into the harbour one winter’s day decades ago?

You might think Hong Kong is inundated enough with tourists as it is. But wait ’till the Cruise Terminal goes into full operation, and cruise operators from Guangdong provinces start shipping the visitors in droves. Think thousands and thousands of tourists in one ship. The cruise terminal by mid-2014 will be able to handle 2 major liners at berth simultaneously – plus the capacity of Ocean Terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui (two berths accommodating vessels of up to 50,000 tonnes).

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Kai Tak Cruise Terminal – rooftop park

What will probably be more interesting to expats and local residents, however, is the rooftop park/garden on top of the cruise terminal with astounding views and plenty of space. On weekends, however, you might have to share that space with elderly visitors that come in by the busload.

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Kai Tak Cruise Terminal – rooftop park

Sharing or no sharing, you can’t deny this place is beautiful.

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Kai Tak Cruise Terminal – rooftop garden

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Kai Tak Cruise Terminal – rooftop park

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Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

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look familiar? The place was designed by Sir Norman Foster’s firm, Foster + Partners – just like the terminals of Hong Kong International AirportImage

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Kai Tak Cruise Terminal – where the ships dock and anchor

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