Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > PPRuNe Worldwide > Fragrant Harbour
Reload this Page >

CX/KA Crew - Tung Chung

Fragrant Harbour A forum for the large number of pilots (expats and locals) based with the various airlines in Hong Kong. Air Traffic Controllers are also warmly welcomed into the forum.

CX/KA Crew - Tung Chung

Old 25th Apr 2019, 18:25
  #1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Ireland
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
CX/KA Crew - Tung Chung

Hi all,

I'm about to bite the bullet and relocate to HKG. I'm young, single and looking for an adventure and spent a lot of time on the decision.

The biggest thing for me right now is finding the right location. I've identified Tung Chung as my initial preference. Are there many CX/KA crew living in this location? I've read the older threads re crew locations in HKG but hoping to find something a little more updated.

Ideally I don't want to spend more than $20k on accommodation. Looking online, I can see 2 bedroom apartments in Tung Chung for less than that. I'm more looking at Tung Chung for the convenience of the commute to the airport rather than the nightlife. My understanding is that I can get into Central in 30 mins when I fancy a night out.

If there's better locations, I'm open to suggestions. Being around other crew in a similar situation without having the spend a large portion of my salary on rent is what I'm after, to keep it plain and simple.

Hope to see you soon in HKG!
B7371994 is offline  
Old 25th Apr 2019, 23:36
  #2 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Australia
Posts: 224
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Donít move to TC if young and single. You can get a decent apartment in Sheung Wan for 20k and have a 10 min walk to airport express, more convenient than TC. I read here once TC is the place hope goes to die. Itís true
Joker89 is offline  
Old 26th Apr 2019, 00:52
  #3 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 82
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It's not where hope goes to die. In fact, after living in SoHo, DB, Wan Chai, K-Town, and now TC, I prefer TC the most, but I have kids now--it's not crowded and there's plenty for them to do. To answer your first question, yes, many KA/CX/HX/HKE crew live in TC.

I know 30 minutes to Central sounds real, but it is not, unless you live in TC Crescent right on top of the station, and your night out is in IFC Mall, then maybe but that's still more like 45 minutes all-in. Also, if you like to pound a few when you go out, you won't want that commute back home whether by train (before 12:30am), taxi, or Uber. If you are workout warrior, and drinking is not your bag, then TC is pretty good for biking, hiking, and jogging. Also, you could try the midlevels and you can run up to the peak on your down time. If you are more interested in partying, then I would recommend SoHo or Wan Chai, you can get a place for $20k but it will be small. Now, small to you may be 1000sq ft in your home country. In those locations in HK, it's probably 170-230sq ft. As someone else suggested they are all easy access to MTR to AEX.

I assume you've done your research so you know that everything will be more expensive here, there's no shortcut around that, unless you're flying longhaul and doing your shopping in your overnights. So take advantage of HK and use it as a base to explore around Asia. There's also some really cool people here from all over the world, and it could be a really good spot to make lifelong friends. And if all else fails, if you drink enough, you'll never be alone here.
azhkman is offline  
Old 26th Apr 2019, 01:37
  #4 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Australia
Age: 50
Posts: 109
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You can stay at the Headland hotel for $20k monthly rate, its right at CX city. It's convenient while you do your training. The food is revolting (you can eat at Tung Chung 5 mins away) but the room is good enough. from there you can go all over HK on your days off & make up your own mind, that's what we all did when we joined. I wouldn't spend too my time on this site before moving to HK either unless you want to turn up wishing you hadn't come (there will be plenty of time for that later). Good luck.
stevieboy330 is offline  
Old 26th Apr 2019, 04:39
  #5 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Earth
Posts: 326
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Please do not start out in TC, HK has so much more to offer. Live on the island somewhere between Soho and Kennedy Town, easy to use public transport will have you at the airport in less than an hour. Young and single it is a no brainer
TurningFinalRWY36 is offline  
Old 26th Apr 2019, 07:35
  #6 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: sydney
Age: 47
Posts: 23
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Tung Chung has to be one of the most soulless and depressing places in the universe. Concrete jungle invaded regularly by hordes of mainland tourists. Avoid at all costs if you want to maintain your sanity.
bonzaboy is offline  
Old 26th Apr 2019, 08:32
  #7 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Fragrant Harbour
Posts: 4,780
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Tung Chung has to be one of the most soulless and depressing places in the universe. Concrete jungle invaded regularly by hordes of mainland tourists.
I would say it isn't as good as this. And bizarrely, it's become quite pricey. Maybe out of the reach of COS18.
Dan Winterland is offline  
Old 26th Apr 2019, 10:02
  #8 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Oztrailia
Posts: 2,932
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Unless you like Mould I wouldn’t stay at the Headland hotel........

ACMS is offline  
Old 27th Apr 2019, 21:41
  #9 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Ireland
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Appreciate all the feedback and insight guys. Definitely a lot of food for thought.

I had heard that TC was pretty quiet. My thinking was that if there was enough crew, it could have been manageable if everyone was in the same situation.

I've started now looking at Sheung Wan, Sai Ying Pun, Kennedy Town, Wan Chai etc. - as long as the commute to the airport is manageable.

I'll be over in HK mid May before relocating permanently so going to use the time to explore different areas and try get a feel for it.

Thanks again!
B7371994 is offline  
Old 28th Apr 2019, 10:01
  #10 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Not in a Bus
Posts: 325
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Your last post nails it - good areas for your time of life
White None is offline  
Old 29th Apr 2019, 06:07
  #11 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: hong kong
Posts: 113
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If all else fails a taxi from central to the airport is between $ 400-500 not that you would do that often but itís a fall back.
there are also night busses they dont run as often but they are available
cannot is offline  
Old 29th Apr 2019, 08:34
  #12 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: England
Posts: 594
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by cannot View Post
If all else fails a taxi from central to the airport is between $ 400-500 not that you would do that often but itís a fall back.
there are also night busses they dont run as often but they are available
Aaah... the Ďbus of shameí... I remember it well...
Kitsune is offline  
Old 29th Apr 2019, 22:39
  #13 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: UK
Posts: 18
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by TurningFinalRWY36 View Post
Please do not start out in TC, HK has so much more to offer. Live on the island somewhere between Soho and Kennedy Town, easy to use public transport will have you at the airport in less than an hour. Young and single it is a no brainer
What he said.
FRYVA is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2019, 02:59
  #14 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hong Kong SAR
Age: 79
Posts: 295
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
As far as I'm concerned there is only one place to live in Hong Kong.
Within a five minute walk to an Island Line MTR station.
CISTRS is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2019, 06:06
  #15 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: hong kong
Posts: 113
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Kitsune View Post

Aaah... the Ďbus of shameí... I remember it well...
Kitsune , the whole idea of the late night busses was that you really didnít remember very much of the trip . Assuming you were going home from a night out in SOHO
cannot is offline  
Old 30th Apr 2019, 07:41
  #16 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Here
Posts: 465
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Itís a very small world in TC. Once you bag your harem, youíll be dizzy trying to avoid 5 while youíre with 1. Got the T-shirt. But back to the elephant in the room, people are still joining? 🤦🏻*♂️
crwkunt roll is offline  
Old 8th May 2019, 16:05
  #17 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Ireland
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Still looking into this in more detail. I read on Cathay's website that there are staff/crew buses provided around HK Island. Is this correct?

If so, what's the frequency, location and cost of this service?
B7371994 is offline  
Old 9th May 2019, 05:22
  #18 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 381
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by B7371994 View Post
Still looking into this in more detail. I read on Cathay's website that there are staff/crew buses provided around HK Island. Is this correct?

If so, what's the frequency, location and cost of this service?
there are buses but they are mainly aimed at the office staff leaving various points around HK and Kowloon to arrive at kitty city at the start of the working day and leaving Cathay City around 5.30pm . The service is very infrequent out of office rush hours . You have to be registered with the company contracted to Cathay to be allowed to use the service . No cash is accepted on-board for journeys so you must pay for the trip using octopus card . Last time I used the service which was many years ago it cost $26 one way Iím sure that it has gone up since then . There are any number of city bus routes that go to the airport on a regular basis and there is the MTR to TungChung or the airport express that runs every 10 mins and Cathay supplies a free shuttle bus from the airport to CX city about every 15 mins
oriental flyer is offline  
Old 9th May 2019, 06:26
  #19 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: HK
Posts: 42
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by crwkunt roll View Post
Itís a very small world in TC. Once you bag your harem, youíll be dizzy trying to avoid 5 while youíre with 1. Got the T-shirt. But back to the elephant in the room, people are still joining? 🤦🏻*♂️
The secret is to get hold of their rosters, and try to stick to the pilots on long haul/ more stable fleets. A KA or Freighter crew is going to have such roster disruption that he's much more likely to turn up unexpectedly
Freehills is offline  
Old 11th May 2019, 14:31
  #20 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Extreme
Posts: 313
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
there are staff/crew buses provided around HK Island
Just for the blunts. You are on your own.
Shot Nancy is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.