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Mainland Chinese tourists hit Hong Kong for holiday period, but many plan to make it a 1-day trip

About a million mainland visitors expected over ‘golden week’ holiday from September 29 to October 6, which overlaps with Mid-Autumn FestivalNumber of mainland tourists expected to peak from Saturday to Monday, with some from outside Greater Bay Area saying they would stay longerHong Kong tourismFiona SunPublished: 3:37pm, 30 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Mainland Chinese tourists flocked to Hong Kong on Saturday as the “golden week” holiday got under way, but many of them opted for just one-day visits.

Many of the people who took high-speed trains from the mainland said they planned to continue on to other destinations after a stopover in Hong Kong and did not intend on enjoying a shopping spree while in the city. But some said they planned to buy gold or had budgeted up to HK$100,000 (US$12,770) for luxury items.

Secondary school teacher Long Xiaoping, 59, travelled to Hong Kong by train from his home city Dongguan in Guangdong province in the Greater Bay Area early on Saturday morning with wife Yang Juqing, daughter, eight-year-old granddaughter and three-year-old grandson.

Long said he came to the city about three years ago, before the coronavirus pandemic hit, and good memories of his trip had sparked his decision to bring his family along this time.

The family, although planning to stay for just a day, had lined up a packed schedule.

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