Since I must work on the restructuring first it will take some time until I can give You my views of Hong Kong - plus travel tips. Travel Tip No. ONE: Fly there!!! PLUS see Macau, too!!!
After the First Opium War 1842, Hong Kong became a British colony. After a 99-year lease Hong Kong remained under British control until the Second World War, when Japan occupied the colony from December 1941 to August 1945. After the Surrender of Japan, the British resumed control. Transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong on 30 June 1997.
I think the british did an uncompared act of smart diplomacy since everybody wanted Hong Kong. Except for the japanese interlude they defended their stay and their rights in Hong Kong, avoiding wars.
They did so in giving China wide influence in Hong Kong despite their sovereignty. All major decisions were made after consultations. Nevertheless China did not allow the British to establish a proper airport. Landing airplanes had to fly a low curved approach over hilltops and houses to touchdown on the runway. Errors were fatal. Pilots were scared. They were only allowed to do that after special training.
Approach to Kai Tak: first pictures show the Jeppesen IFR approach chart for Kai Tak:
In the year of the handover of Hong Kong from Great Britain to China, in 1998 the new airport Chek Lap Kok was operative. Kai Tak was closed. A piece of history. The facilities are gone. You can still see the area, the remains in google earth.
My interested readers may forgive me this special part for aviators and fsx-enthusiasts, please!
Visual descent right turn just above the roofs of Mongkokhill aiming for checkerboard tight right turn to final and establish glidepath. I would love to have an old horse who's done that tell me about bad weather minima.
Upon reaching a small hill marked with a huge “aviation orange” and white checkerboard, used as a visual reference point on the final approach (in addition to the middle marker on the Instrument Guidance System), the pilot needed to make a 47° visual right turn to line up with the runway and complete the final leg. The aircraft would be just two nautical miles (3.7km) from touchdown, at a height of less than 1,000 feet (300 m) when the turn was made. Typically the plane would enter the final right turn at a height of about 650 feet (200 m) and exit it at a height of 140 feet (43 m) to line up with the runway.
Continued flight on the Instrument Guidance System flight path after passing the MM [Middle Marker] will result in loss of terrain clearance. For reasons of noise abatement please try to avoid that!
So You'd better turned on MM/NDB, needle to runway.
I guess it is pretty unique that a glidepath goes to a checkerboard, right? But it's smart. I LOVE smart!
Situation nach Schliessung 1998 - after 1998
Aktuelle Situation 2016: Der neue Hong Kong airport Chek Lap Kok
Present situation 2016: new Hong Kong airport Chek Lap Kok
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