An aerial shot of the magnificent Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. [Photo/Xinhua]
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) opened to traffic Oct 24, and here are some travel tips for Zhanjiang residents who plan a self-driving journey to Hong Kong or Macao.
1. Passengers/vehicles that can use the bridge
The bridge is open only to passengers with an Exit-Entry Permit for Traveling to and from Hong Kong and Macao.
Only vehicles with Guangdong-Hong Kong, Hong Kong-Macao, or Hong Kong license plates (with Macao quota), within the one-off quota or approved by each of the three governments are authorized to use the bridge.
2. On which side of road should vehicles run
Vehicles should keep to the right of the road in the mainland and follow route guidance to switch to the left after having passed the boundary checkpoints in Hong Kong or Macao.
3. Speed limits
The bridge's main section is designed to handle a speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour.
The bridge's main section is designed for a speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour. [Photo by Edmond Tang/China Daily]
4. Toll charges
Guangdong Provincial Government has set tolls for cross-border private vehicles and taxis at 150 yuan ($21.68) per trip. Coaches, shuttle buses, general wagons and container trucks will pay 200 yuan, 300 yuan, 60 yuan and 115 yuan.
Fees can be paid via the mainland Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) systems, Alipay and WeChat Pay. Renminbi will be used for settlement.
A toll station for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. [Photo by Edmond Tang/China Daily]
5. Self-driving routes
Shenyang-Haikou Expressway—Coastal Expressway—and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Zhuhai Port—Hong Kong/Macao
Zhanjiang-Zhuhai: five hours
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Zhuhai Port—Macao: about 10 minutes
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Zhuhai Port—Hong Kong: about 35 minutes
Another hour is needed for clearance procedures.