Hi and welcome to the second segment. Below is the schedule so far:
SFO - TPE on BR PEY - Boeing 777ER - CLICK HERE TPE - HKG on BR Y - Boeing 787 - YOU ARE HERE HKG - SIN on SQ Y - Airbus 350 - CLICK HERE SIN - HKG on SQ Y - Boeing 777-200 - coming up HKG - TPE on BR Y - Airbus 321 - coming up TPE - SFO on BR PEY - Boeing 777ER - coming up
After our arrival in TPE, we proceeded straight to the connecting flight to HKG at gate B7. I did not attempt to go to the lounge in order to minimize the hassle of requesting another wheelchair again and just waited at the gate.
I was not impressed with TPE and thought that it really lacked natural light. It felt like I was inside a claustrophobic maze with endless corridors and this airport was so different from its Asian counterparts. When you have been to HND, ICN, HKG or SIN and then step into TPE then you ask "what happened"?
When I first booked this itinerary the TPE-HKG segment was operated by a 777 with PEY cabin. That is why I chose it since we would still be in the same cabin type going to HKG. Eventually the plane was changed to the new 787 and to my surprise this new plane only had J and Y cabins. I thought that the 787 would be used for long haul routes and PEY would be offered. The change did not matter much to me since this represented a golden opportunity to fly on a new aircraft.
From B7 it was impossible to view the plane so I moved to the gate next door and was able to get a partial view of my plane.
Partial view of the plane
Boarding started 30 min. before departure and we were the first ones allowed inside the plane. There was a cart with newspapers at the end of the jetbridge. Two FA's were positioned at the door greeting pax and one of them escorted us to our seats.
Cart with Chinese and English periodicals
The economy cabin looked roomy and comfy with its Recaro seats. Each seat had a packet with earphones and we decorated in a geometrical pattern with touches of green and orange.
We were seated in row 42 which was located in the 2nd Economy cabin. A few passengers were seated nearby but overall the flight was empty so I moved to the back to get a window seat in a whole row for myself. FA's were proactive in helping pax find their seats and store their luggage.
Looking outside the window
An empty flight
I don't have the exact pitch but it felt fine and I was able to move around.
i found the separate partitions in the seat pocket useful for storage unlike the PEY one on the 777.
Seat pocket contents
Coat hanger on the side of the seat
The screen was of decent size and it was touch sensitive.
Socket for your electronics under the seat
The headrest could be adjusted according to one's preference.
Reading light control is located on the menu screen and not on the armrest
Finally we are able to taxi out
Since I had a window seat it was easy to do some plane spotting
One of the hub carriers
Ready for take off
The tray table was easy to deploy and it could be folded for maximum flexibility
FA's started to distribute the special meals first and then followed up with a snack and drinks for the rest of us.
The snack consisted of packaged baked goods. I thought that it was a bit frugal considering that the competition offered a hot meal or even some type of sandwiches. However, coming from the USA it was appreciated that something was served for free for this quick flight, especially with a full set of silverware. ;)
Brown rice burger? Something is lost in translation. It was some sort of sweet pastry that did not taste bad though.
Time to visit the WC in the back.
As you can see the WC for even such a short flight was well stocked with amenities.
This is how the seat looked when reclined.
Looking out of the window midflight.
In preparation for landing FA's made sure that seats were in the upright position and that bins were closed. I have never seen an airline so focus on making sure that bins were completely closed and several FA's rechecked this.
Soon we were turning and approaching HKG.
Taxiing to the gate.
The arrival was smooth and thankfully Immigration in HKG was not too full. We went through a special line for wheelchair pax and just waited for 10 min. We then took the HK Express to the IC Grand Stanford for some resting (and eating).
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Yum Cha Dim Sum
Many here have tried Michelin rated Tim Ho Wan for dim sum including yours truly and I agree that the praises are merited. However, during this visit I discovered Yum Cha which also has many chains thorough HK. Personally I find their interpretation of dim sum to be more creative with a fun twist. I visited the branch in TST (Tsim Sha Tsui) on Granville Rd. located inside the Soravit hotel.
Upon arrival there were already a few people lining up in the narrow hallway and there was a big window that looked into the kitchen with their set up.
Nice kitchen prep area.
Let the feast begin
Birds in buttery crust with pineapple filling.
BBQ Pork buns.
Doggie Chinese sausage buns.
Green tea custard buns.
Naked vegetable dumplings with truffle.
Lemongrass beef pops.
Shrimp and pork dumplings with crab roe.
I loved all the dishes but one in particular caught my attention - truffle noodles - when the dish was brought to our table it was so aromatic and the taste was rapturous.
For more information about this restaurant you can click HERE.
In search for the best roast goose
Originally I intended to go to Yat Lok but upon arrival the place was closed, so I went a couple of blocks back toYung Kee which is another institution with a long history and a Michelin star recipient in previous years. It is also said that Yung Kee has an infamous reputation for its exorbitant prices but if the price merits it then it's all fair.
I ordered a goose leg over rice to take away and it was neatly packed along with some sauce to go with it. The goose was delicious and the skin was a thin crispy layer that had a lovely texture.
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Chi Lin Nunnery
This Buddhist temple complex was founded in 1934 as a retreat for Buddhist nuns and follows the architecture style of the Tang Dynasty. It is built entirely of cypress wood without using any nails, just interlocking features in the wood to hold it together.
It is one of the most beautiful and serene places that I have ever visited. The beauty of a place like this is not only external. Its serenity invites you to reflection and hopefully in the end would allow one to become a better person.
Nan Lian Garden located in front of the Nunnery
Taipei - TPE
Hong Kong - HKG
It was exciting to fly on BR's new 787-9 on this short hop and this came as a surprise since it wasn't expected. The interior of the plane had a roomy and comfy feel in Y and I think that the design of the seats is user friendly.
Service was very efficient and attentive. I'm sure the light load contributed to this and high number of staff did not hurt.
Catering was a bit light especially when you compare it to what the competition offers. I think something a bit more substantial than industrial snacks should be given. Having said that, the fact that something is given on a flight of this length is appreciated.
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