20th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) In a continuous trend, a significant number of Hong Kong citizens travelled north on Saturday, reaching a peak not seen in the past month. According to immigration data, over 296,000 individuals crossed Luohu Port and Heung Yuen Wai Control Point, among other departure facilities, marking the highest single-day figure since 21st and 22nd October. Simultaneously, approximately 123,000 mainland Chinese tourists visited Hong Kong, representing an increase of around 3,000 individuals compared to the previous Saturday (11th November). However, the overall disparity between northbound and southbound travellers remained at approximately 173,000 individuals.
On 18th November, Hong Kong residents continued their trend of heading north for leisure activities, such as dining, entertainment, and shopping, while mainland Chinese visitors travelled to Hong Kong. The immigration data, excluding figures from the airport, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, and Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, revealed that a total of 295,860 individuals departed through various border checkpoints, including Shenzhen Bay Port, Futian Port, Luohu Port, and Heung Yuen Wai Control Point. This figure represents an increase of approximately 6,000 individuals compared to the previous Saturday, including a significant number of individuals departing through Luohu Port, reaching 94,362 people.
On 21st October, there was a record high of 365,000 individuals travelling north, surpassing the previous single-day high observed after the full reopening of the border with mainland China on 6th February. On 22nd October, there were also 320,000 individuals travelling north. However, in the subsequent three Saturdays, the number of northbound travellers fell below 290,000. Therefore, Saturday marked the highest number of Hong Kong citizens travelling north in nearly a month.
In terms of mainland Chinese visitors arriving in Hong Kong, approximately 123,000 individuals were recorded on Saturday, representing an increase of around 3,000 individuals compared to the previous Saturday (11th November). This figure represents the highest single-day total since the end of the mainland’s National Day Golden Week in late September and early October.
The difference between northbound and southbound travellers amounted to approximately 172,800 individuals, which is similar to the figure recorded on 4th November (173,000 individuals).