More than Two Million People Estimated to Cross During Tomb Sweeping
According to city border administration, an estimated 2.2 million people will be crossing the border between Shenzhen and Hong Kong in the three day Tomb sweeping holiday. Administration head Wang Jian said, that major checkpoints in the city will be experiencing heavy inbound and outbound travel on each day of the holiday which is a 12 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
Cross border travelers were mostly Hong Kong and Macau residents coming into the city to offer sacrifices to their dead loved ones in the cemeteries as well as outbound city residents that went shopping or sightseeing. Even with e-channels placed at these checkpoints it was still insufficient as reported by border administration. Although more than 860,000 main landers gave their personal information so they can access the e-channels only 20,000 have used the e-channels in the three day holiday. Compared to the 160,000 Hong Kong and Macau travelers who used the e-channels every day.
Even after the tomb sweeping holiday, checkpoints in Shenzhen will still see heavy border crossing since Easter holiday will start on Friday in Hong Kong with and expected crossing to exceed 700,000 travelers.