✅ Trip Verified
| I can honestly say Hong Kong airport is one of the nicest airports I've ever been through. To be fair, have I been in every major airport on earth? No, of course not, but I have traveled to many airports including LAX, ORD, EWR, LHR, CDG, HND, and so forth. For me HKG is easily one of the best in the world. The coolest thing in my view is the terminal is one huge open space. As in one huge roof that goes on, and not many different sections or terminals you commonly see at older airports. The engineering aspect alone is really fascinating. On top of that, the architecture and aesthetics are quite nice. It's mostly open, bright, and very pleasing to walk around. You very rarely felt claustrophobic in the airport, and the only crowded areas are check-in depending on time of day, and security. For example, the United check in counter wasn't crowded, but United only has 2-3 flights out a day compared to Cebu which is packed with several daily flights to Manila. Meanwhile security and immigration was smooth and quick overall, and it wasn't too crowded on my way in and out. The food and shopping options were quite nice. There were a lot of shops in the main mall before the gates, then another mini-mall with several shops around gate 60. You have many huge brands from Chanel to Calvin Klein if you fancy nice clothes, and the main duty free store was huge with very rare bottles of top notch whiskey and spirits. I bought some fresh tea and cookies on my way out. The only negative about shopping is I didn't find any cliche tourist store. I know it sounds cheesy, but I was hoping to find a mug or model Cathay Pacific plane. Meanwhile the food options are good with some notable fast food brands to local chains. The only negative is I didn't see many bars or food options in between gates, but they had the mini-mall and a food court halfway down the terminal. I can't complain too much, but it would be nice to have a couple options beyond a store when you're in the middle of the gates. Finally, the Wi-Fi was free, and worked well. The best part of the airport is the the train network to the airport is amazing. The high-speed rail is about $14 (USD) to Hong Kong station, and the train runs every 10 minutes. It was fast, and easy to get too when you pass through immigration. On top of that, there are plenty of ATMs to get cash, and they have counters and machines to get your local Octopus card. FYI, the Octopus card is their transport card which is a must-have in Hong Kong for the buses to subway. Finally, the signs are listed well, and it's easy to navigate around the airport. The only point it loses is it needs a bar or two in between gates. Overall this is a top notch airport that provides the necessities well, and gives you tons of shopping and dining options when you have some time to wonder around.