Dragon Boat Festival holiday sees over 520,000 Hong Kong residents departing, 80% heading north

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9th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) Many Hong Kong residents took advantage of the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday to embark on trips and visit their loved ones. On the first day of the weekend and the festival, over 520,000 Hong Kong people departed from the city, with nearly 80% heading north, surpassing the previous record set during the Easter peak season of 529,000 outbound travellers. Additionally, there was a notable increase of over 50% in the number of mainland Chinese visitors coming to Hong Kong, with more than 130,000 recorded.

According to immigration statistics, a total of 521,759 Hong Kong residents left the city on the mentioned day, with over 400,000 individuals crossing various border checkpoints to enter mainland China, accounting for approximately 80% of the total outbound travellers. Among the departure ports, Lo Wu saw the highest volume of people, with 129,000 individuals, followed by Lok Ma Chau Spur Line with 100,000 people, and Shenzhen Bay Port with 66,000 people.

As for mainland Chinese visitors to Hong Kong, the data revealed a substantial increase, with 136,387 individuals recorded on the mentioned day, marking a significant 56% surge compared to the previous Saturday. Furthermore, there was a notable disparity between the number of travellers heading north and those heading south, with a difference of 270,000 individuals.

Meanwhile, according to the Shenzhen Entry Exit Border Inspection Station, a total of 887,500 inbound and outbound passengers and 28,600 vehicles (ships/planes/trains) were inspected on Sunday (9th), surpassing the previous record set on 29th March during the Easter holiday in Hong Kong by an additional 4,100 individuals.

Of note, the Luohu Port witnessed a record-high number of 244,000 inbound and outbound passengers on Saturday, marking the highest volume since the resumption of comprehensive customs clearance. The Shenzhen Entry Exit Border Inspection Station has been dynamically adjusting the deployment of duty personnel and channel types based on the changes in border traffic flow. They have enhanced guidance for passenger flow and diversion, maintained close communication and collaboration with relevant departments in Hong Kong and Macao, and utilised new facilities and equipment such as handheld mobile inspection terminals and temporary inspection stations to maximise inspection efficiency and ensure the smooth and secure flow of passengers at the port.