Mainland fully resumes HK, Macau travel, expecting to boost economy
The Chinese mainland fully resumed normal travel with the Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions (SARs) starting Monday, in what is expected to be a strong boost for the two regions' economic development.
Starting Monday, the Lo Wu Control Point, the Lok Ma Chau/Huanggang Control Point and the Heung Yuen Wai/Liantang Control Point opened up, marking the full resumption of the functioning of all seven boundary control points between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Monday's first group of travelers included students, cyclists, and people traveling for business and family reunions.
At the Liantang Control Point, red welcome banners and flower bouquets added to the joyful atmosphere greeting commuters. Around 6:30 am, cross-boundary students and their parents, who were about to leave for Hong Kong for the new semester, were already queued up for departure.
Pan Qiaojuan, who lives in Shenzhen's Luohu district, arrived early with her son for the long-awaited trip. "I've been looking forward to this moment. Today, my son will go back to his middle school in Hong Kong and we will also visit his grandparents there. We haven't seen one another for a long time."
Group tours between the mainland and the two SARs also resumed on Monday.