More than 5 Million Travelers Crossed during the Eight Day Holidays
According the Shenzhen General Station of Exit and Entry an estimated five million travelers crossed the Shenzhen Hong Kong border during the eight day holidays. These numbers showed an average of 625,000 travelers a day which is an 15 percent increase compared to non holiday periods and peak of the cross border travel happened on the third day of the holiday with around 720,000 people this include 500,000 inbound travelers as well.
Checkpoint officials added more on duty staff and separated individual travelers from tour groups and kept Hong Kong officials informed on the real time traveler flow. Officials also reported no major disruptions during the crossings. Crossing officials attributed the high number of travelers due to the long holidays along with the policy that allow non hukou holders to apply for Hong Kong entry permits in their place of residence. Before any policy was implemented, Shenzhen residents without hukou needed to return to their hometown to apply for the permits which in turn discouraged residents to travel to Hong Kong.
The holiday visitors brought Shenzhen a total income of more than 4.9 billion yuan a 30 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Tourists that stayed in Shenzhen for a day spent an average of 537 yuan during their stay. Those who stayed for more nights spent around 640 yuan a day. Shopping was the top of the tourists list which was then followed by dining.