Explore the marvel that is Chep Lap Kok
Chek Lap Kok is Hong Kong's new airport, designed by the British architect, Sir Norman Foster who also designed London Stansted Airport. It took six years to build this amazing airport and it cost an enormous amount of $20 billion US dollars. It is said to be the biggest civil engineering project in history, with the terminal building being the largest covered space in the world.
Chek Lap Kok was originally a small mountainous fishing village, it has been flattened and extended into the South China Sea to four times its original size to form a platform for this inspiring architectural achievement. Chek Lap Kok is designed to accommodate more than 80 million passengers, which is more than London's Heathrow and New York's JFK combined, can handle.
Chek Lap Kok's passenger terminal is nearly a mile long and boasts an enormous shopping mall with over 140 restaurants and shops, including some very famous fashion trades. It also has round about 88 airport gates, 288 check-in counters, 12 baggage reclaim units, at least 48 travelators and no less than 3100 car parking spaces.
The only downside is that the runways lie in the shadow of Lantau Island's twin peaks that rise almost 1000m above sea level. This can cause a disturbance of the prevailing winds crating dangerous turbulence and wind shears. Hong Kong is also a place that experiences around 45 storms days a year. But nevertheless this airport is equipped with a $1.6 million, modern and very advanced, ground-based warning system that can forecast dangerous wind shifts approaching along the runways, informing the pilots of dangerous weather conditions every minute.
There is no airport in the world that matches this amazing development. Chek Lap Kok is the world's most modern and high tech airport and it is the airport of the millennium.