TIL : one day visitors are low quality. two day visitors are high quality
Please do report back and let us know how painful/painless the whole process is.
I have a China visa in case that matters, and would love to have an afternoon break and evening at a nice restaurant and be back in my comfortable bed before midnight...
Greater Bay Area cooperation boost for Hong Kong | Big Lychee, Various SectorsSo a HK$150-billion, 55-km, six-lane bridge-tunnel opens. Only a small number of private cars are allowed to use it (subject to nightmarish permit procedures). Trucks apparently have no use for the new route. Hongkongers trying buses to Macau report that it’s quicker by ferry; possibly the same goes for everyone’s fave destination, Zhuhai, but who knows? And the main users – bored retired farmers from Zhongshan and environs – must be restricted because Hong Kong doesn’t have the capacity to carry them.
It’s a bridge linking a place where there’s no space for more visitors or traffic to a place no-one wants to go to.
Meanwhile, a gleam of sanity bursts through the gloom, as an academic confirms that the sort of tourists coming over the bridge add little or nothing to Hong Kong’s economy. Mass-market tourism is a parasite on a developed city-state with a shortage of space and manpower. A few interests (basically landlords) benefit, but only at the expense of the rest of the population and economy, which suffer lower quality of life and higher rents. Hong Kong would benefit from fewer mainland visitors.
It is clear that Beijing and the tycoons each have their own interests in swamping Hong Kong with outsiders. It is also clear (recall Sheung Shui) that it is only the threat of activism and visible hostility from Hong Kong people that makes officials pay attention.
Return journey on bridge: $392
To do the same journey using the Tuen Mun ferry: $1696 + taxi/bus to the pier.
On the way back, I tried to see how long it takes. Took a taxi from Sé Catedral de Macau at 6pm. There was a little traffic in Macau but not too bad. We were home by 7:45pm. Considering that the Tuen Mun link will further reduce the time it takes for us in the future, and there's the potential to save further time by parking in Macau instead, we may consider going to both Zhuhai and Macau more often.
I think if you live on the island it may be tough to beat the ferry in terms of time it takes, but one can still realize significant monetary savings depending on the party size. Families with children benefit.