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Qingmao is now the nation’s fourth busiest immigration checkpoint

Opened in 2021 to ease congestion at the ultra-busy Border Gate, the Qingmao checkpoint has subsequently seen huge amounts of passenger traffic.

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More than 28 million people passed through the Qingmao border checkpoint in 2023, a figure Zhuhai’s Qingmao Immigration Inspection Station says makes it the fourth busiest entry and exit point in all of China, TDM reports.

The volume of people using Qingmao – on Macao’s northern boundary – to cross into and out of the Chinese mainland increased steadily throughout the year, culminating in a daily record of 135,000 on 31 December. Year-on-year, the checkpoint experienced a 130 percent increase in traffic.

Qingmao checkpoint opened in September 2021 as an overflow option for the nearby Border Gate checkpoint, which was reportedly China’s busiest entry and exit point pre-pandemic.

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According to police data, Qingmao is Macao’s busiest crossing after the Border Gate. Figures show that in November 2023, the Border Gate saw 9.21 million people flow in and out, Qingmao saw 2.9 million, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge 2.1 million and the Hengin checkpoint (via the Lotus Bridge) 1.75 million.

The Qingmao Border Inspection Station told TDM that it would continue to deepen cooperation with Macao police to manage passenger flow during peak periods such as holidays. 

The 1.4 billion pataca facility has the capacity to handle up to 200,000 travellers per day.

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