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Driving from HK to Macau - HK-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge

  1. #411

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    No worries, Xi promised 52 times today to open the market at China international Import Expo so import duties will be reduced/removed eventually and parallel traders ans shopping maniacs will disappear, luxury brand and shop owners will commit mass suicide and HK will be happy place again..

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    Quote Originally Posted by civil_servant
    That's evil. How dare they engage in the same behaviour that Canadians living close to the US border engage in? Or the Swiss near the German border.
    Its terrible, terrible I tell you.

    Maybe we should build a wall to stop the hordes from coming

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    Hemlock as usual on the money on this clusterf**k:

    On this weekend’s episode of ‘Mainlandize Yourself Tonight’… | Big Lychee, Various Sectors


    We take your money to build white-elephant projects, and in return we swamp you with people. Tung Chung – the town that makes Tin Shui Wai look fun and hip – is inundated, or you could say ‘aggrieved’, with package tourists coming over on the Zhuhai bridge. And the critics said no-one would use the thing…

    Here’s a first-hand report on using the bridge to and from Macau. Basically, if you want the journey to take a leisurely (if you can read Chinese or Portuguese signage) three hours rather than the mere one it takes on the ferry, it’s great.

    The author remarks that ‘you have to leave the bus twice for passport checks at either end of the bridge’. At the border-boundary with Shenzhen, of course, you also go through two immigration inspections, but they are just a minute’s walk apart in the same virtually seamless building complex. So if you are changing buses, you do so once. On the ferry (as on an aircraft), you go through the checks in terminals at each end of the journey.

    The Zhuhai Bridge’s immigration checks emulate an air/sea transport pattern rather than a land-crossing one. That is, after leaving your home you (probably) go bus-immigration-plane/ferry/bridge-immigration-bus to (say) your hotel.

    The obvious solution would have been to have a three-way immigration hall combining the Mainland, Macau and Hong Kong checkpoints in one architecturally impressive triangular facility. As illustrated in this rather elegant diagram…



    My hunch is that officials insisted on the ‘stupid’ option for symbolic rather than practical or technical reasons. The ‘sensible’ arrangement would have given Hong Kong jurisdiction over most of the highway – when the whole point is to jam simplified-character road-signs and other Mainland stuff right in the city’s face. Because 50,000 people buying milk powder in Tung Chung isn’t good enough.
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    I read this one just now as well, and the setup with 3 jurisdictions never made any sense to me.

    The obvious solution, as hemlock points out as well, would be to have the customs in a triangle format when the bridge separates. That way when driving to Macau you would not need to to china, hence no need for the chinese insurance. You could also do the customs clearance in one building.

    But, I find hemlocks hunch a bit too simple even for chinese. Really, just to put simplified characters on the bridge ?

    What do you guys think, is there anything more why we have the current setup instead of the rational one ?


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    After watching the bus crash through the bridge railing on the other thread and into the Yangtze River, not sure I want to be on a crazy-long bus ride on a 54 km bridge...or I need to vet all my fellow passengers to make sure they don't pick a fight with the bus driver.


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    Quote Originally Posted by henkka
    What do you guys think, is there anything more why we have the current setup instead of the rational one ?
    Massive infrastructure project with worldwide attention, had to have a Mainland majority stamp on it.

    Also the bridge is a strategic security and military asset as it effectively puts a controlled barrier across the entrance to the delta.
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    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...complain-about
    “I was there on Sunday morning, and it looked nothing like Hong Kong. There were mainland tourists, and plastic bottles thrown by them everywhere,” Ng recalled.

    “Did [tourism authorities] think of Hongkongers’ well-being, public hygiene and transport issues or were they only thinking of making money?”
    Lawmaker Holden Chow Ho-ding said he suspected some of the tours could be illegal as mainland tour guides had to be registered with authorities to bring tour groups into Hong Kong.

    “The crowdedness in Tung Chung on Sunday is comparable to Sheung Shui … I will ask the Security Bureau to step up law enforcement to tackle these illegal tours,” he said.

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    Wow, the mall there (CityGate) was already packed with outlet bargain hunters at the weekend, haven't been since the bridge opened, used to shop there from time to time after ferry to Mui Wo from Peng Chau, then bus to Tung Chung (or ferry to DB, bus to Tung Chung). Was basically my closest Fortress if I needed to haul something back to Peng Chau...

    Isn't there only the one hotel there at the mall? I guess people are only doing a day trip...


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    Don't worry folks. SKYCITY RDE is coming. Something to look forward to.


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    Quote Originally Posted by civil_servant
    Don't worry folks. SKYCITY RDE is coming. Something to look forward to.
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