13th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge witnessed an unprecedented surge in traffic on the third day of the Chinese New Year holiday. According to internal sources, the border checkpoint at the Zhuhai Port of the bridge recorded over 130,000 entries and exits on Monday, February 12th, surpassing last year’s Mid-Autumn Festival record of 115,000 entries and exits in a single day.
The data from the border checkpoint revealed that the number of Hong Kong-registered vehicles exceeded 8,000 for the first time in a single day, setting a new record since the implementation of the “Northbound Travel for Hong Kong Vehicles” scheme. Additionally, statistics from the Zhuhai Port of Entry showed a total of 610,000 entries and exits, with 27,000 vehicles passing through on Monday. This represented a significant year-on-year increase of 122.23% and 147.91%, respectively, compared to a growth of 1.83% and 161.19% in 2019. Notably, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge saw 131,600 entries and exits, while the Hengqin Port reached a new historical high of 82,000 entries and exits.
During the period from Saturday to Monday (February 10th to 12th), the total number of inbound and outbound travellers through the border checkpoint reached 310,000, with 41,000 vehicles passing through. This represented a staggering increase of 520% and 240%, respectively, compared to the same period during the Lunar New Year last year. The total number of inbound travellers reached 184,000, with 24,000 vehicles entering, marking a respective increase of 1.46 times and 1.4 times compared to outbound traffic. Among these figures, the number of residents from Hong Kong and Macao exceeded 190,000, accounting for over 60% of the total passenger flow. Border control authorities have reminded the public that Tuesday is the last day of the Chinese New Year holiday in Hong Kong and Macao, and a concentrated peak of outbound travel is expected at the border checkpoint.