Plans in the works to divert bridge visitors

Local | 14 Nov 2018 3:23 pm

The Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yeut-ngor says officials are studying ways to avoid mainland tourists making unnecessary trips into Hong Kong's urban areas when they are only really interested in visiting the new bridge from Macau and Zhuhai, RTHK reports.

During a Legco question time session today, Lam said shops could be put at the passenger terminal at Hong Kong's end of the bridge so tourists can go there rather than making a beeline for Tung Chung, where residents have complained of overcrowding at weekends.

She also suggested an artificial island where the bridge is connected to a tunnel could be developed into a tourist attraction of its own.

"Maybe we can do something with the Eastern Artificial Island. Even when President Xi came to open the bridge, he went there to have a look. So that could be developed into an attraction," Lam said.

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum had also suggested finding ways of keeping mainland visitors in the vicinity of the bridge if the journey over it is the main event and their only additional interest is in shopping and eating.

Tung Chung residents have complained they are finding it difficult to go about their normal business at weekends because of the large crowds of mainland visitors.

Lawmaker and executive councillor Regina Ip has proposed suspending the bus between Tung Chung and the bridge at the weekend to help keep the travellers out of the town.

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