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Hong Kong accelerates integration into Greater Bay Area development

2024-06-17 20:57 Last Updated At:21:57

China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is accelerating integration into the Greater Bay Area development in order to build a high-quality development highland in synergy with Macao and nine cities in south China's Guangdong Province by giving full play to their complementary advantages.

One such move is a logistics park in mainland GBA city of Dongguan built by the Hong Kong International Airport.

The park, which has been put into operation since last April, adopts a pioneering "sea-air intermodal cargo transshipment" model, making it more convenient for products made in Chinese mainland to export to overseas markets.

"The establishment of the Dongguan-Hong Kong International Airport Logistics Park has moved our cargo services to Dongguan, and has already processed the cargoes at the source. The transportation time can be reduced by one third, and the freight price has been halved. We have 17 airlines using the logistics park, and their freight value in the first four months of this year has exceeded 3.2 billion yuan (about 441.09 million U.S. dollars)," said Vivian Cheung Kar-fay, the acting chief executive officer and chief operating officer of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, in an event introducing Hong Kong's development opportunities on Saturday.

In December 2023, the "fly from Hong Kong via Zhuhai" policy took effect, allowing travelers arriving at Zhuhai Jinwan Airport on the Chinese mainland to travel via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Hong Kong International Airport to fly to overseas destinations without going through immigration in Hong Kong.

Cheung said the policy connecting mainland GBA city of Zhuhai and Hong Kong has facilitated international travel.

"Residents living in mainland cities which do not have ports can fly to Zhuhai Airport or Shenzhen Airport, and then go to Hong Kong, and fly to global destinations. 20,000 people have already used this channel to travel to other parts of the world," said Cheung.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, adjacent to the Hong Kong Airport, handled about 11.65 million passenger trips in the first five months of this year, with an average of 77,000 trips per day. It marks a 57-percent increase from one year ago.

The growth is largely attributed to a slew of measures launched last year, including the bridge's opening to tour groups, "fly from Hong Kong via Zhuhai" policy, and the "northbound travel for Hong Kong vehicles" scheme, which allows eligible Hong Kong private cars to travel between Hong Kong and Guangdong via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge without the need to obtain regular quotas.

An official of the authorities monitoring the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge said that more efforts are underway to utilize the mega bridge to deepen the integration of GBA, a move which could present more development opportunities for Hong Kong.

"In the future, some arrangements (for making good use of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge) will be made. For example, the scope, procedures and mechanism of the 'northbound travel for Hong Kong vehicles' program that we have launched will continue to be optimized. In addition, in the near future, people may also be able to drive to the Hong Kong Airport and Hong Kong's Lantau Island via the bridge from the mainland. This is already in the plan," said Li Qiang, the assistant secretary of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Authority in an event introducing Macao's development opportunities on Sunday.

Both of the events introducing Hong Kong and Macao's development opportunities are part of the media activities exploring GBA's development since the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Development Plan was unveiled five years ago.

Hong Kong accelerates integration into Greater Bay Area development

Hong Kong accelerates integration into Greater Bay Area development

Hong Kong accelerates integration into Greater Bay Area development

Hong Kong accelerates integration into Greater Bay Area development

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