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Bridge opening and 13 hotel Macau opening dates ?

Old Jul 7, 18, 7:16 pm
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Bridge opening and 13 hotel Macau opening dates ?

any idea ?
Didnít understand if a regular taxi can take the bridge ?
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Old Jul 8, 18, 1:32 am
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No, regular taxis will not be able to take the bridge. A opening date has not yet been announced, but it is expected to be before the end of 2018. The general concensus seems to be that it will be no quicker and no more convenient than taking the ferry.
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Old Jul 8, 18, 4:36 pm
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No, regular taxis will not be able to take the bridge. A opening date has not yet been announced, but it is expected to be before the end of 2018. The general concensus seems to be that it will be no quicker and no more convenient than taking the ferry.
If everyone believes in this consensus, then it will be quicker taking the bridge.
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Old Jul 8, 18, 8:24 pm
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If everyone believes in this consensus, then it will be quicker taking the bridge.
For all the hassles in how you pass the immigration if you take the bridge, I'll take the ferry.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 9:01 pm
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FWIW - I simply can't trust the building standard of the bridge.

Beside - ferry is a better option, at least for now, in term of convenience.
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Old Jul 9, 18, 11:37 pm
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For all the hassles in how you pass the immigration if you take the bridge, I'll take the ferry.
What are these hassles?
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Old Jul 10, 18, 1:45 pm
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What are these hassles?
going to somewhere to take a bus to go to the HK immigration centre (Near HKIA) to take another bus to pass the bridge that goes to Macau immigration centre (Near the Outer Macau Ferry Pier) then to take another bus again.

That said, it's still not known if you have to officially enter china after the first (departure) immigration centre and the 2nd (arrivals) immigration centre. probably not.

Logistically it's already a farce from what's described above. That is before....
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FWIW - I simply can't trust the building standard of the bridge.

Beside - ferry is a better option, at least for now, in term of convenience.
Neither can I, as a civil engineer.

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Old Jul 11, 18, 11:24 pm
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going to somewhere to take a bus to go to the HK immigration centre (Near HKIA) to take another bus to pass the bridge that goes to Macau immigration centre (Near the Outer Macau Ferry Pier) then to take another bus again.
OK, leaving aside the engineering concerns, how is that different from taking a bus to the ferry pier, then ferry, then bus into Macau.

Looks like a few of the HK airport buses will go to the bridge immigration centre on the HK side, and probably the casinos will make new routes for their buses to the Macau side.

If my local HK airport bus route is extended to the bridge, then the bridge might actually be more convenient for me. Also the buses are supposed to be significantly cheaper, which is going to attract plenty of people even if the bridge starts to collapse.

Anyway my question was in response to Chromie25 stating specifically that immigration would be more of a hassle. Surely for HK residents it will just be ID card and thumb (though I don't know why the Macau e-gates can't use the same design, I'm still not sure how to place my ID card in them and just move it around until it works...) Why would the mainland immigration want to process thousands of extra people needlessly?
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Old Jul 12, 18, 12:56 am
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Originally Posted by kaka View Post
going to somewhere to take a bus to go to the HK immigration centre (Near HKIA) to take another bus to pass the bridge that goes to Macau immigration centre (Near the Outer Macau Ferry Pier) then to take another bus again.

That said, it's still not known if you have to officially enter china after the first (departure) immigration centre and the 2nd (arrivals) immigration centre. probably not.

Logistically it's already a farce from what's described above. That is before....

Neither can I,
as a civil engineer.
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Old Jul 12, 18, 5:07 am
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...how is that different from taking a bus to the ferry pier, then ferry, then bus into Macau.
Travelers transit via Skypier will not officially enter Hong Kong, bypassing immigration and customs. Travelers transit via Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal/HZM Bridge will have to enter Hong Kong officially.

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If my local HK airport bus route is extended to the bridge, then the bridge might actually be more convenient for me. Also the buses are supposed to be significantly cheaper, which is going to attract plenty of people even if the bridge starts to collapse.
While I can't answer which A routes will be extended, for sure, the HZM Bridge transborder bus service will not be significantly cheaper.

Both TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet are either owned or affiliated with casino holding companies (TurboJET - Shun Tak; Cotai - Las Vegas Sands). Their success or survival are mainly contributed by the casinos. Unless the casinos are involved in the transborder bus service, I am pretty sure that both ferries will take necessary actions to protect the market, including, but not limited to, reducing the ticket prices.

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...though I don't know why the Macau e-gates can't use the same design, I'm still not sure how to place my ID card in them and just move it around until it works...
A little bit show and tell:

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Old Jul 23, 18, 7:59 am
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No, regular taxis will not be able to take the bridge. A opening date has not yet been announced, but it is expected to be before the end of 2018. The general concensus seems to be that it will be no quicker and no more convenient than taking the ferry.
You should be comparing the current drive time to the new drive time. I can't take my AMG Mercedes onto the ferry with me.
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Old Jul 23, 18, 9:38 am
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But nor will you be able to drive it into Macau! You will have to leave it in a car park at the Macau end of the bridge and then take local transport. And that's after you've jumped through numerous bureaucratic hoops for the priviliege of being able to drive it across the bridge.
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Old Jul 25, 18, 12:14 am
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Originally Posted by :D! View Post
OK, leaving aside the engineering concerns, how is that different from taking a bus to the ferry pier, then ferry, then bus into Macau.

Looks like a few of the HK airport buses will go to the bridge immigration centre on the HK side, and probably the casinos will make new routes for their buses to the Macau side.

If my local HK airport bus route is extended to the bridge, then the bridge might actually be more convenient for me. Also the buses are supposed to be significantly cheaper, which is going to attract plenty of people even if the bridge starts to collapse.

Anyway my question was in response to Chromie25 stating specifically that immigration would be more of a hassle. Surely for HK residents it will just be ID card and thumb (though I don't know why the Macau e-gates can't use the same design, I'm still not sure how to place my ID card in them and just move it around until it works...) Why would the mainland immigration want to process thousands of extra people needlessly?
It's not related to the documentation. Not having read up on the specifics recently, I understand the arrangement was that you have to get off the bus to walk into the immigration building on HK side to exit HK immigration, then walk out to the bus terminal and take the cross-border bus. Similar arrangements when you get to the Macau side. You still need to walk if u take the ferry but the walk within the ferry building is more pleasant. I guess the best comparison is comparing China border crossings by train through Lowu or by bus from Lok Ma Chau.
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Old Jul 26, 18, 2:11 pm
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Has anyone heard any official word on whether a bridge traveller will be entering China? I have a tiny civil engineer in training who would very much like to see this bridge. Said tiny civil engineer in training and family hold US Passports, so it would be helpful to know whether we would need to apply for Chinese visas or not.
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Old Jul 26, 18, 7:31 pm
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Not to travel from HK to Macau, no. It's a Y-shaped bridge.
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