National Immigration Administration reports a 2.8-fold increase in mainland China’s Spring Festival travellers

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Zhuhai Gongbei

18th February 2024 – (Beijing) The National Immigration Administration revealed today that during the 8-day Spring Festival holiday period in 2024, a total of 13.517 million people entered or exited mainland China. This marked a significant increase of 2.8 times compared to the same period in 2023 and a recovery to nearly 90% of the travel volume seen during the equivalent period in 2019. The average daily number of travellers reached 1.69 million. Additionally, the authorities inspected 459,000 cross-border transportation vehicles, reflecting a 1.6-fold increase from the previous year’s Spring Festival.

Of all the sea, land, and air ports in mainland China, the land ports connecting Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao accounted for the largest share of the total entry and exit volume, amounting to 73.1%. Furthermore, domestic tourism saw a surge with a total of 474 million trips, representing a significant year-on-year increase of 34.3%. The total expenditure by domestic tourists exceeded CNY 632.6 billion (approximately HKD 692 billion), marking a substantial increase of 47.3%.

Among the noteworthy highlights, the highest daily passenger flow was recorded on the third day of the Spring Festival, which fell on Monday, with 1.857 million people travelling. Within the Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao region, the ports of Zhuhai Gongbei, Shenzhen Luohu, and Shenzhen Futian experienced daily average passenger flows of 260,000, 187,000, and 158,000, respectively. Notably, the land ports of Zhuhai’s Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and Hengqin witnessed the highest daily record of entry and exit passenger and vehicle flows since their opening. According to statistics from the Gongbei Border Inspection Station in Zhuhai, the total number of people travelling between Zhuhai and Macao through Gongbei Port during the first eight days of the Spring Festival holiday reached over 2.08 million, showing a year-on-year growth rate of over 60%. On the busiest day, the number of travellers exceeded 280,000. The percentage of cross-border tourists among the total number of cleared personnel reached 40%, reflecting a remarkable year-on-year growth rate of 221%.

During the extended holiday period, major airport ports experienced a rapid increase in entry and exit passenger flows. Shanghai Pudong, Guangzhou Baiyun, and Beijing Capital International airports registered daily averages of 88,000, 37,000, and 34,000 passengers, respectively, representing growth rates of 4.9 times, 6.2 times, and 7.5 times compared to the 2023 Spring Festival period.