The Beatles arrive in Hong Kong

12.00pm, Monday 8 June 1964 (49 years ago)
Q: What sort of journey did you have on the way up?

Paul McCartney: Very bad. Well, it wasn’t a bad journey, it was just so long, you know.

Q: Are you going to, whilst you’re here, take a look at some of the poverty that exists in Hong Kong?

John Lennon: Not if we can help it.

Paul: Yes, there’s a lot.

George Harrison: But we don’t have time, anyway. And we’d probably be stuck in the hotel.

Paul: We’d go and see the good bits, you know. They’re capitalists.

Q: Why did you choose to come to Hong Kong before Manila and Japan?

John: Well, nobody asked me to go to Manila and Japan. Did they ask you?

George and Paul: No.

John: Where is Manila?

John: Well, how am I to know where they are?

George: It’s just down…

Paul: It’s just as popular as Hong Kong.

John: Is it?

George (to John): It’s just hanging off the bottom.

John: Oh, that one.

Paul: We’re not very good at geography.

Q: Are you going to do any shopping while you’re in Hong Kong?

John and Paul: Yes.

Q: What were you feeling when, after your big success in the States, that an old-timer like Louie Armstrong finally displaced you at number one with Hi Dolly?

Paul: Well, when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. And we might as well go with Louie Armstrong as anyone else, mightn’t you. He’s a good lad.

Q: Are you thinking of recording Hi Dolly?

All: It’s called Hello Dolly.

Q: Well, Hello Dolly. It doesn’t make any difference.

John: It does, you know…

Paul: I’ll bet you didn’t buy it.

John: …to the fellow that wrote it. You make a lot of money, you know.

Paul: No, we don’t want to sing it.

John: No, we don’t record it, no. It’s jazz.

Q: How would you judge your reception at Kai Tak Airport as compared with the reception you’ve received when visiting other countries?

George: It’s been great.

John: A good comparison.

George: Yeah, it was very good.

Q: Was it quieter?

George: No, it was about the same as we’ve had recently at other airports.

Q: George, they tell me that you arrived in London the other day and only two people turned up.

John: Three!

Paul: Five. Five.

Q: It was the Daily Express and, you know, you can’t believe them. What happened?

Paul: They were all round Ringo‘s bed.

Q: When you’re standing on a stage, and you look down and see a crowd of screaming teenagers, what do you say to yourself?

John: ‘Look at them, all screaming.’

Paul: It’s the same feeling as footballers must get when they come out onto a football field. It’s a marvellous feeling inside, you know. And it’s the same every time.

John: Ask Jimmie ’cause it’s new for him.

Q: Don’t you sometimes get irritated because you can’t make yourselves heard above the screams?

Paul: No. Actually, you get irritated when the screams go down a bit.

One Response to “The Beatles arrive in Hong Kong”

  1. Joe

    I’ve not been able to find the President Hotel on Google Maps. It may not exist any more. If anyone knows the location, please add a comment with the link.


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