Borders See 2 million Travelers Returning from Three-Day Holiday
During the three-day May Day holidays, around 2 million people crossed the Shenzhen-Hong Kong borders. Checkpoints from both ends saw an average of 600,000 travelers each day that lead to long queues.
Border administration officials said that most of the travelers came from inland cities visiting places in Shenzhen before heading to Hong Kong or Macao for shopping and sightseeing. This type of traveling practice has been increasing in popularity, especially during holidays. For Shenzhen residents, shopping is their main cause for travel and many are willing to line up at checkpoints to enter Hong Kong.
Shopping in Hong Kong has long been attracting Shenzhen residents because of the diversity and low prices of cosmetics, jewelry, luxury handbags and clothes. That is why it is common to see returning travelers from Hong Kong carrying large shopping bags after the May Day Holiday.