After the closure of Kai Tak Airport in the early hours of the morning on July 6, 1998 a new era in the civil aviation history of Hong kong was written with the opening of the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok on the same day.
Two weeks after the closure a visit was made to Kai Tak. What was once a noisy, bustling, and congested Airport looked so unbelievably quiet, barren, desolate and devoid of life. The spirit of Kai Tak had gone and so disappeared the thrill of returning to Hong Kong and flying just above the roof tops of crowded tenement blocks, washing lines and gazing into the windows of the tenants below. One thing that certainly won't be missed was the noxious stench of the Kai Tak Nullah.
Today, all the buildings associated with the Airport have been torn down. The site has become a dirty, ugly wasteland with the awful presence of a cement mixing plant.
A very different Kai Tak from July 1998.
From Checkerboard Hill, Kowloon Tsai.
Looking towards Kowloon City, Checkerboard Hill and Beacon Hill.
On Runway 13. Looking in a south-easterly direction towards Lyemun Gap with Devil's Peak on the left and Pottinger Peak and Mount Parker on the right.
Kai Tak Runway south-east end windsock. A hot sweltering day.
On Runway 31 looking in a north-westerly direction towards Beacon Hill and Lion Rock.
Near the numbers 31 someone had spray painted in yellow 'Goodbye Kai Tak'. That summed up my feelings as well as I walked back.