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Hong Kong to Almaty, part 1

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We will not use the modern Chek Lap Kok airport, but my favorite Kai Tak. Although the Tu-114 is huge, among the modern heavies, its size looks modest

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Originally I planned to fly to Almaty directly, but then I had second thoughts and decided to make a stop-over in Bhutan

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The Tupolev has an amazing cruising speed of around 400 knots

 

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Flying over Hong Kong is always a feast

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Deep in Southern China, we pass Laibin

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Below us is Tezpur in Assam, India, favored for its tea and picturesque landscape

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The Himalaya comes finally into sight

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And now the interesting part starts: landing this beast in Paro, Bhutan

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Paro Airport is 1.5 miles above sea level and surrounded by deep valleys and sharp peaks of up to 18,000ft tall

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With a runway just 6,500 ft long, Paro is considered one of the world’s most difficult airports for takeoffs and landings. The approach is fairly complicated and can only be flown visually with no sight of the runway until the last moment

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Planes have to weave through dozens of houses that are scattered across the mountainside - coming within feet of clipping the roofs.

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As usual, the airstairs are too short for the Tupolev

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And tomorrow we’ll have another challenge: getting out of Paro again

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Love the spectacular Hong Kong skyline and busy international airport scenes....press on into the Taklimakan Desert!

 

HLJAMES

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Thanks a lot, gents. I am glad that you like them. Hong Kong really is a great place to fly around. I enjoy it every time, as it brings back fond memories.

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