CX First Class: B747 vs. B777

Cathay Pacific from LAX to HKG has long switched from using the 747 to 777. This was due to the fact that with the 777, it can fly for an approximate maximum of 17 hours, thus, ensuring a non-stop flight to HKG from LAX (15 hours) and from SFO (14 hours). It used to be that during the winter months, LAX-HKG B747 flight most likely must refuel in Korea prior to continuing to HKG.

The SFO-HKG still employs the 747, but as Cathay continues its strive for efficiency, sooner or later SFO will start flying the 777. First Class enthusiasts, take note! Enjoy the Continue reading

No Fly List for Certain Canine Breeds

This pug may be adorable, but unfortunately, its family has joined some other flat-nosed canine breeds that are now banned by Cathay Pacific and other airlines.

Cathay Pacific has banned the so-called brachycephalic breeds due to concerns that certain types of short-nosed animals have an increased risk of breathing problems and overheating due to the stress of flying.

Click HERE for Cathay Pacific’s complete list of canine and feline breeds that are banned from flying.

The US Department of Transport released figures, based on reporting by US-based airlines, that showed the short-faced dog breeds contribute to about half of in-flight canine fatalities. Because the short face restricts breathing, it is more difficult for such breeds to cool itself down by panting.

For a complete report on this story, read it HERE at CNN.

HKG: The [temporary] Wing Business Class Lounge

Corridor to the Shower AreaMain Seating AreaMain Seating AreaMen's Restroom: CorridorPC Computer Work AreaMen's Restroom: Urinals
Men's Restroom: Commode, with Small & Big Flush ButtonsMen's Restroom: Basin

Cathay Pacific’s the Wing’s Business Class Lounge at the Hong Kong International Airport is gearing to close its lounge for a renovation. The Lounge, located on the 7th floor near the Immigration and Customs area, and adjacent to the Wing’s First Class Lounge will temporarily be located on the lower floor (6th floor), closer to the boarding gates 1-4.

For LAX and SFO-bound passengers, this temporary Lounge will be convenient, especially if Cathay Pacific continues to use Gates 2 & 3 for LAX and SFO.

The renovation is slated to run this early summer of 2011. Afterwards, the Wing’s First Class Lounge will have its turn. Why they decide not to take care of the First Class Lounge first, I am not sure; but let’s hope that the result will be a welcome change. After almost a decade of using the Wing’s FC facilities, some elements start to deteriorate. Plumbing on the shower at the Cabanas causes so much rattling noises that it almost feels as if there were an earthquake.

Xin Tian Di and the French Concession

Xin Tian Di (the New Heaven and Earth) is located at the periphery of the French Concession. In the olden days, Shanghai is divided into different districts as a result of the Westerners trying to carve out a part of the city for their own fellow compatriots. Thus, Shanghai has the British Concession, the American Concession (these two later became the International Settlement), and the French Concession.

When I arrived at Xin Tian Di, I saw immediately the restaurant that my friend had recommended, Xin Ji Shi. I thought of going in but decided to walk around and take Continue reading

The Bund by the Huang Pu River

Once in an exhibition at the now defunct Mill/Short Gallery in San Francisco, I attended the photographic show of a well-known Hong Kong artist named Fan Ho. The work was done decades before the gallery even existed, and the subject was Shanghai. The play of light and shadow in those black and white photographs remained permanently etched in the deepest pocket of memory. I dreamed that one day I would be able to see the architecture by the river that was immortalized by his camera.

That dream became a reality this morning as I went to see the Western-influenced architecture of the Bund by the Huang Pu (Wang Pu) River. I was originally planning to walk from my hotel to the site, but the Continue reading

Shang Hi, Everyone!

Shanghai Alley #1 by bloompy
Shanghai Alley #1, a photo by bloompy on Flickr.

I still cannot believe that I am finally in China! I am at last in the land of my ancestors.

Pudong airport did not try to be beautiful; functionally, however, it served its purpose of ushering visitors into Shanghai and sending travelers out of China. My arrival gate was quite a long way to the immigration area, but once I arrived there, the passport check was a breeze; no questions asked. After grabbing my luggage, I went through customs, then got out to the welcoming zone filled with people who were picking up their friends and relatives. Once I went out of the airport and into the open air, four men approached me Continue reading