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Attending my daughter's graduation ceremony in the UK

Around midnight on Tuesday, my wife and I left Hong Kong for London (not for Beijing, of course). We spent the flight sleeping. Upon arrival, we joined my elder daughter for a walk in Hyde Park. In the afternoon, we caught a train to Cambridge and spent a night there. This morning, we attended my younger daughter's graduation ceremony and then flew back to Hong Kong. It was quite an efficient trip since we slept on the plane for two nights and stayed in the UK for one night. In the past, I used to travel to the UK on business quite often. Many times, I arrived there in the morning and boarded a flight back to Hong Kong in the evening. This was unimaginable 40 years ago when I went to the UK to study. At that time, it took over 20 hours, with three or four stops, to fly from Hong Kong to London. The aviation industry has now become an integral part of the economy of any big city, and an airport with high efficiency and a large handling capacity is a prerequisite for a city to be competitive. At present, the Hong Kong International Airport is doing well. But there is increasing concern about its capacity. This problem will become more conspicuous in future.


June 26, 2014