Date
17 August 2019
Airport buses were packed because travelers from the airport were taking the same vehicles to the Hong Kong terminal of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Photo: Xinhua
Airport buses were packed because travelers from the airport were taking the same vehicles to the Hong Kong terminal of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Photo: Xinhua

Easter traffic was great, but not so much

Don’t you just love to stay in Hong Kong during Easter when one-tenth of the people were away?

According to the immigration bureau, 724,125 people were counted passing through the gates back to the city on Easter Monday.

And neither were there too many mainlanders around because Easter is not a holiday across the border. (Expect them to come back in droves in the Golden Week in early May.)

Unsurprisingly, the high-speed Express Rail Link reported disappointing figures during the extended weekend.

The cross-border train recorded 81,002 passengers on Easter Friday, the highest daily figure during the four-day holiday, and a local paper even suggested that Hong Kong and Shenzhen agree on a walk-in arrangement for tourists traveling between the neighboring cities as it was hard to get single-ride tickets during peak seasons.

On average, however, the number of passengers was below 80,000, the forecasted passenger throughput for the pricey transport.

As for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZMB), the problem was how to accommodate the surge of passengers.

What’s worse, according to mainland mouthpiece Ta Kung Pao, the airport buses were packed because travelers from the airport were taking the same vehicles to the Hong Kong terminal of the HKZMB.

The paper suggested that the number of airport buses be split to give one half to those that won’t have to stop at HKZMB.

That would solve the problem of jampacked buses and, at the same time, avoid bad local feelings for visiting mainlanders.

Well, some locals are extending their spring break up to the Labor Day weekend, which means some more days away from the earlier than expected onset of summer and missing the unexpected red rainstorm.

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CG

EJ Insight writer

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