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

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    TIL : one day visitors are low quality. two day visitors are high quality

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    TIL : one day visitors are low quality. two day visitors are high quality
    It’s good for the hotels... unless they all decide to camp at the beach?



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    This is commonly understood in HK. Spending more nights is high quality.

    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    TIL : one day visitors are low quality. two day visitors are high quality

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    Time to change your tune now the Chinese authorities agree with the Geoexpat people

    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...macau-weekends
    People will just come individually. The whole purpose of tours are the reduced costs. Coming individually will cost more, but it will still be cheaper than staying the night. I expect the numbers to be up again in a short time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    TIL : one day visitors are low quality. two day visitors are high quality
    Looking forward to my low quality visit to Macau this Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by civil_servant
    Looking forward to my low quality visit to Macau this Saturday.
    I want to be low quality too - but havent had the time just yet.

    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...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    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...
    You'll have a better experience taking the high speed train to Futian than spending 2 hours to cross the bridge just to end up in bumfuck Zhuhai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by civil_servant
    People will just come individually. The whole purpose of tours are the reduced costs. Coming individually will cost more, but it will still be cheaper than staying the night. I expect the numbers to be up again in a short time.
    Your beloved Hemlock answered that point beautifully today:
    So 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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    I want to be low quality too - but havent had the time just yet.

    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...
    I just finished my low quality tourist outing in Macau. Everything went very smooth. Booked a parking spot ahead for the Hong Kong port and then continued on from there. The actual crossing is quite quick. On the other end they have free Casino buses. The best thing is the price. Buy 4 tickets for a family of 4 and pay $196. So all in all I paid.

    Parking: $160
    Return journey on bridge: $392
    Total: $552

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by civil_servant
    The best thing is the price. Buy 4 tickets for a family of 4 and pay $196. So all in all I paid.

    Parking: $160
    Return journey on bridge: $392
    Total: $552
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