More than 7 million People to Cross the Border during Tomb Sweeping Holiday
Between March 31 to April 4, border authorities have estimated that there will be more than 7 million people crossing the Shenzhen and Hong Kong border during Qing Ming Jie, or Tomb Sweeping day and the Easter holidays.
Among the travelers are residents from Hong Kong and Macau going back to the mainland to visit the graves of their loved ones and offer sacrifices. Outbound mainland travelers have also planned to use this holiday to go shopping and sightseeing. Border authorities expect an increase of 11.5 percent of the number of people that will cross the border during the holiday period, an increase on the number of people over the same period last year. Travel peak occurs on April 4, which is the last day of the holiday.
The Hong Kong transportation department will also increase the number of cross border buses from April 2 and 12 at the Huanggang, Shatoujiao and Shenzhen Bay checkpoints. To make it more convenient for traveler, real-time videos will be displayed on LCD screens at all exit halls in Shenzhen checkpoints, showing travelers the size of queues on the Hong Kong side. Authorities say travelers should check the screens before crossing to determine the best time to cross.