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This is my Hong Kong | The crazy, out of control crowds at Victoria Peak
Hong Kong Tourism is out of control at the moment.
65.1 Million visitors in 2018 came to Hong Kong of which 51 million came from Mainland China.
Just have a look at this recent image I took up at Victoria Peak and it seems to be getting worse, particularly from 2pm onwards, 7 days a week, but much worse on a weekend.
This has basically happened because of two new transport options now available to tourists from China to visit Hong Kong which opened towards the end of 2018
The Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge
The Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong High Speed Express Rail Link
Hong Kong is now overwhelmed by by cheap package tour tourists from China, most of them visiting Hong Kong for the first time.
There are two ways to get to the Peak
The Iconic Peak Tram
by road by coach, bus or car | taxi
Forget going on the Peak Tram, average waiting times these days going up or down is between 1 to 2 hours and worse at weekends.
The majority of these mass market tourists from China come up to the Peak on huge coaches which is a massive problem, the drop off zone at the Peak has a capacity at any one time to handle about 10 coaches, these days I have counted over 50 of these coaches on Peak Road (at one time) which is the ONLY road to Victoria Peak and they cause huge traffic jams particularly in the afternoon, cars and taxi’s cannot get into the drop off zone because of the buses and everything just grinds to a halt.
In addition Peak Road is quite narrow and was not designed to handle these mega coaches and at 2 or 3 places on Peak Road traffic grinds to a halt because there is no space for the coaches to pass each other and typically there is not a traffic cop in sight!
The Police and the Hong Kong Government must know about this issue but they simply have no clue as to how to solve it and as far as the Hong Kong Tourism Board is concerned, well they shrug their shoulders, there aim is simply to bring as many visitors from China to Hong Kong as they can to go shopping so as to prop up the retail sector in Hong Kong.
I actually have no issues at all with Mainland Chinese Tourists, they have as much right as anyone to visit Hong Kong and despite the less than warm welcome they get when they visit Hong Kong they always seem to have a smile on their face!
The issue is simply infrastructure, it simply did not occur to anyone in the Hong Kong Government or the Transport Department or the Traffic Police that the infrastructure at Victoria Peak cannot possibly handle the sheer volume of Chinese Tourists visiting Hong Kong and it is only going to get worse.
Perhaps it is time for our well paid fat cat politicians to get of their behinds and spend a few hours at the Peak at 3pm on a weekday to see the scope of the problem and then actually do something about it.
..oh and yes, this issue started when the bridge and the high speed rail link opened, it is time our Government started thinking about a daily quota of Chinese visitors to visit Hong Kong as we simply cannot cope.
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