New 24-hour border crossing between Zhuhai and Macau proposedPosted: 05/29/2012 10:08 am
Anybody who has crossed at Gongbei Port has surely noticed the insane crowds of people moving back and forth. Macau is a gambling haven for Mainland Chinese who are fortunate enough to get a travel permit, but the city is a whole lot more than just gaming; many Zhuhai residents cross into Macau to do their grocery shopping, and vice versa. It’s not uncommon to see hundreds of elderly people walking across with grocery bags full of cooking items. The result is sometimes a 30-40 minute wait – or longer – to get across.
To tackle the problem, Macau is proposing to build a second crossing with Zhuhai that would remain open 24-hours a day.
MacauBusiness.com says it would be equipped to handle 250,000 crossings per day.
The new checkpoint will be located where the Nam Yuet wholesale market now is, and will be for pedestrians only, however all details – including its operating hours – still need to receive approval from Beijing.
As construction hasn’t even started, it will be a while yet before you can make use of the new crossing. Building an alternative to Gongbei is a good idea though, considering Macau’s casino business is booming. Its gaming revenues are now five times what Las Vegas pulls in, making it easily the biggest gambling mecca on the planet.
Despite Macau’s staggering growth, many believe this is just the beginning. Large casino operators are looking to cash in on the growing numbers of affluent people in China and Southeast Asia.