Passengers arrive at the Zhuhai Terminal of the Hong Kong-Macao -- Zhuhai Bridge via a shuttle bus in January. QIAN WENPAN The flow of cars across the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge - Mega project in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has increased since the resumption of exchanges between the mainland and the two special administrative regions, according to the Zhuhai highway port authorities.
The number of passengers entering and leaving Zhuhai Port reached 100,000 in the past weekend, the highest number for a single day in the past three years, according to the port administration.
The cross-border travelers are mostly residents of the Greater Bay Area. The number of passengers will continue to increase with the increasing need for travel from residents in other provinces and regions, according to Tan Chang, deputy duty head of the border checkpoint of the bridge.
The border checkpoint stated that group tours have become the main factor behind the increase.
The number of cars with Macao license plates has been particularly significant with the implementation of a policy encouraging cars from Macao to head into the mainland, as well as the number of cars with Macao license plates, it said.
The number of vehicles with Macao license plates exceeded 3,000 per day on Sunday, the most since the implementation of the policy on February 6.
Tan said that the port has established a customs clearance guide and a mechanism to facilitate exit endorsement applications to Hong Kong and Macao for the first time.
In response to the peak inbound and outbound tourism, we have strengthened information exchanges with relevant departments in Hong Kong and Macao, opening sufficient entry and exit lanes in advance for inspection in a timely manner, said Tan.
More than three times the number last year, 1.78 million passengers passed through the station this year, more than three times the level last year.
The agency receives an average of 2,000 to 3,000 tourists from the mainland, and more new tour products will be offered to allow more tourists to experience the unique cuisine of Hong Kong and Macao, it said.