12th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) The highly anticipated Lunar New Year fireworks extravaganza lit up the skies of Victoria Harbour last night (February 11), attracting a staggering 330,000 locals and tourists who lined the shores on both sides of the harbour for a mesmerizing spectacle. According to the Immigration Department, a total of 184,000 mainland Chinese visitors travelled to Hong Kong on the second day of the Lunar New Year. However, on the same day, over 153,000 travellers headed north to return to the mainland. This resulted in a net influx of only around 31,000 mainland visitors for the entire day.
Following the conclusion of the fireworks display, many visitors were seen rushing to catch direct buses or high-speed trains at the nearby Austin Station to head back north, with no intention of staying overnight in Hong Kong. Furthermore, the second day of the Lunar New Year also marked one of the peak periods for local residents travelling north, with a staggering 261,000 citizens making their way across the border throughout the day. The accompanying chart in this article will provide updated data on the number of inbound and outbound travellers during the Lunar New Year period.
The Lunar New Year fireworks display, which returned after a four-year hiatus, once again captivated a large number of spectators in Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai. Immigration Department statistics reveal that a total of 184,000 mainland Chinese tourists visited Hong Kong on the second day of the Lunar New Year, making it the second busiest day since the border reopening, second only to 31st December, 2023 (196,000 visitors). Yesterday, nearly 45,000 visitors arrived in Hong Kong via the West Kowloon high-speed rail station, making it the busiest control point. It was followed by Lo Wu (27,000 visitors) and Lok Ma Chau spur line (29,000 visitors).