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Old 11-09-2018, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Unfortunately the ferries will remain a much quicker way to get from Macau to Hong Kong Island. (One hour).

To get from Macau to HK Island via the bridge is closer to the 90-minute to 2-hour range. I guess it really depends on where you want to go in HK. If you were to live near the bridge, and your destination was close to the HK Airport (which is where the bridge goes it), it would be the most efficient, but there isn't much to do around the HK Airport, except for jump on a 45-minute bus or a 20-minute train from the airport into the city.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Unfortunately the ferries will remain a much quicker way to get from Macau to Hong Kong Island. (One hour).

To get from Macau to HK Island via the bridge is closer to the 90-minute to 2-hour range. I guess it really depends on where you want to go in HK. If you were to live near the bridge, and your destination was close to the HK Airport (which is where the bridge goes it), it would be the most efficient, but there isn't much to do around the HK Airport, except for jump on a 45-minute bus or a 20-minute train from the airport into the city.
Thanks! Before I got to your post I was gonna ask how this affects just regular people moving to and fro.

When we are in the region, what matters most to us is moving between Taipa and Kowloon, Taipa and Zhuhai, and Taipa and Zhongshan. Seems like this bridge does nothing other than offer perhaps a cheaper alternative to the ferry but given the extra travel time (including getting up to Gongbei) probably not going to be worth it.

I'm sure it's a game changer for businesses and those with cars.
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Thanks! Before I got to your post I was gonna ask how this affects just regular people moving to and fro.

When we are in the region, what matters most to us is moving between Taipa and Kowloon, Taipa and Zhuhai, and Taipa and Zhongshan. Seems like this bridge does nothing other than offer perhaps a cheaper alternative to the ferry but given the extra travel time (including getting up to Gongbei) probably not going to be worth it.

I'm sure it's a game changer for businesses and those with cars.
Kind of like the train line they've built in Taipa (Macau), it is basically for tourists. The bridge will be a quick and easy way for tourists to take the HK Airport in and out of Macau. I do wonder what the consequences will be for the little Macau airport though.

But for locals, the ferries are much easier, and better located.
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Kind of like the train line they've built in Taipa (Macau), it is basically for tourists. The bridge will be a quick and easy way for tourists to take the HK Airport in and out of Macau. I do wonder what the consequences will be for the little Macau airport though.

But for locals, the ferries are much easier, and better located.
I always wondered what was the point of building that little airport. It is so easy and convenient to visit Macau from HK or the Mainland so that airport could not have been built with tourists in mind. Perhaps the local Macau residents wanted it but I find that unlikely too given it was built relatively recently and no one had complained about a lack of an airport in the past. I think it's best to shut it down and redevelop it for housing just like they did to Kai Tak Airport years ago.
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Many major urban agglomerations have multiple airports so I do not find this especialy unusual, particularly since this airport is technically under its own administrative/governmental oversight. And it's not actually that small. It carries over 7 Million passengers per year, which is far more than it was originally intended to, and is more than Zhuhai Airport across the border.

But that said, when you consider Shenzhen Airport as well, that's 4 airports that cover the immediate region so I could see your point that it is perhaps not necessary. Seems like a useful facility to me though, and I enjoy flying in and out of there when I'm in Macau.
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I always wondered what was the point of building that little airport. It is so easy and convenient to visit Macau from HK or the Mainland so that airport could not have been built with tourists in mind. Perhaps the local Macau residents wanted it but I find that unlikely too given it was built relatively recently and no one had complained about a lack of an airport in the past. I think it's best to shut it down and redevelop it for housing just like they did to Kai Tak Airport years ago.
I don't know....actually I LOVE that airport! You can get anywhere in the city so quickly from there. Air Asia is using it more. I absolutely love it.

The bridge might be a game changer; but previously, any arrival in HK Airport, meant an additional 3 hours approximately to get into my Macau apartment. The Airport ferries were infrequent, so waiting time involved or the alt route of going through Central. This bridge COULD change that drastically.

Still though, being able to use that Macau Airport is incredible. Literally, you can be anywhere in the city of Macau within 20 minutes after arrival, and for many of the casino guests, they can be there within 10-15 minutes upon arrival.
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:30 PM
 
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I was in Hong Kong when that bridge was dedicated. But that bridge, impressive as it is, is not the main thing that's going on. The biggest project China has on the table right now is the "new Silk Road" which they are constructing from China through Pakistan and onward to Africa/Middle-East. This will link them with the deepest sea port in the world and will allow them to dominate economics in Asia and the middle East.
This will be especially interesting to watch as the US continues its trade war policies.
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Old 11-15-2018, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Macao
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This will be especially interesting to watch as the US continues its trade war policies.
..and trade with Africa....basically the entire world except for the U.S.

The U.S. is going backwards and allowing other nations to dominate global trade, and they just don't care. Meanwhile the U.S. is reversing trade deals.
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Old 11-17-2018, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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This will be especially interesting to watch as the US continues its trade war policies.
The trade war will affect China in the short term (and benefit the U.S. in the short term), but won't have any lasting effect.
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Old 11-21-2018, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Even though my experience is more limited than that of other commenters, I agree with a lot of what has been said. The Macao airport is very convenient for US people who fly to Taipei and subsequently make the short hop to Macao. I can even walk from the Macao airport to the casino district or to my friend's condo in Taipa. Also, I agree that taking the ferry from there to HK is faster. Nevertheless, I remain impressed by the new bridge connection, even though it may be - at present - more of a political statement.
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