New ferry routes between a terminal located in downtown Guangzhou and Hong Kong began operating on Thursday morning, bringing travellers between the capital city of Guangdong and the Hong Kong International Airport or Tsim Sha Tsui.
The high-speed ferry takes travellers between Hong Kong and Pazhou Ferry Terminal, which also officially opened on Thursday, in approximately two hours. The ferry operator in Pazhou had already been running trial routes to the China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui since April 14.
At a virtual launch ceremony, Chief Executive John Lee praised the new connection, saying it “demonstrates the complementary advantages of the Greater Bay Area.”
The fare between Pazhou and the China Ferry Terminal (located at the China Hong Kong City complex in Tsim Sha Tsui) is HK$250, while ferrying between Pazhou and HKIA costs HK$295.
SkyPier, the ferry terminal at HKIA, provides a Sea-to-Air service which gives passengers from the mainland the ability to go through immigration and luggage check-in at Pazhou terminal so they can immediately head to their flight once they’ve arrived at the Hong Kong airport.
Mainland visitor numbers were forecasted to tip over 600,000 during the Golden Week holiday this week, the Hong Kong Free Press reported.
The Hong Kong government has been making efforts to draw cross-border travellers with initiatives like free air tickets for people from 14 mainland Chinese cities. Under the “Hello Hong Kong” tourism promotion campaign, the government has pledged to give away 500,000 free flight tickets from now until September 2023 to overseas tourists.
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