Government must act before mega-bridge tourists crowd Hongkongers out
- The bridge is necessary, but restrictions should be placed on the number of visitors so Hongkongers don’t find shopping and dining out difficult
I am writing to express my disappointment towards the Hong Kong government, regarding the overcrowding caused by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (“Guangzhou tourism body tells agencies to avoid weekend bridge trips”, November 22).
Although I am now studying in the United Kingdom, I still pay a lot of attention to local news about Hong Kong. Ever since the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge opened, it has been bringing in wave after wave of mainland visitors, first flooding places like Tung Chung, and now To Kwa Wan and Hung Hom in Kowloon. Some may say that it is not big deal, as the visitors just want to take a look around the city and shop, but when residents find their movements restricted, and find it hard to shop for daily necessities or dine out because they are being crowded out by the visitors, that is a cause for concern.
I am glad to have this mega bridge connecting Hong Kong to the mainland, but the overcrowding issue must be firmly addressed. The problem has even spurred the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong to call on authorities to do something about the noisy visitors arriving on low-cost tours, causing a nuisance to Kowloon residents, with pavements blocked and buses blocking traffic. I hope that the government can introduce restrictions on tour groups visiting Hong Kong and combat unlicensed tours.
Fok Pui Yi, Surrey