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Hong Kong Tourism remains open and safe, while new protests emerge quickly

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Hong Kong Tourism Board in cooperation with MTR is working around the clock to assure a smooth travel experience for those visiting the City of Lights. The message to visitors: Tourism in Hong Kong is open for business, but take your phone, and download our APP.

As reported by eTurboNews the time to visit Hong Kong is now. The city appears to be safe and ideal to explore since rates are lower, hotels less crowded, and HKTB took the leadership to guide tourists accordingly.

The ongoing conflict in this special administrative region of China is not targeting the visitors’ industry, and all sides are sensitive and keep re-assuring this to their foreign guest.

It seems a world apart, protesters today are quick to adapt to changing circumstances. Even though demonstrations were not authorized for Saturday, some leaders were arrested, it only took a  short the time from the adoption of a good tactic by outliers to its full integration by the masses to move ahead anyway.

A reader in Hong Kong said on his twitter: Changing my profile pic to HongKong’s protest emblem to show solidarity for a rally to take place today. Arresting and harassing prominent figures and activists will not work, nor would it end the pro-democracy movement. It did not work in Taiwan during martial law.

Another tweet commented to a post about key Hong Kong protest organizer attacked by armed masked men, referring to undercover police officers or Chinese agents: “Why do we only read about this and not about the attacks on police and their families by well organized and well-funded rioters?”

It appears protesters today on Saturday are targeting Hong Kong Island, while Kowloon is expected to remain quiet.

Adapting to his situations within minutes the Hong Kong Tourism Board is quick to take the lead and suggests to visitors:

“Due to possible public events this afternoon on Hong Kong Island, there may be crowd control and other special arrangements at the MTR stations along the Island Line. This includes Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay, including closing station entrances and exits, trains not stopping at certain stations or station closures. Visitors are advised to check the MTR website  for the latest information, or check with the station staff.”

The official Hong Kong Tourism Board website  www.discoverhongkong.com is already looking at Sunday in asking visitors to arrive at the airport three hours early.

HKTB states:  “Traffic to Hong Kong International Airport may be busy due to a public event on the afternoon of September 1. Access control measures will be enforced at terminals. Visitors are advised to allow extra time to get to the airport, arriving three hours before departure for proper checks.   =

The HK Transport Department has launched the “HKeMobility” mobile applications for disseminating the latest traffic news. For major incidents, messages will also be sent through “GovHK Notifications”. Please download from Google Play or App Store.

The following Special Traffic Update  was just published

  • Due to road situation, the following public transport services have been affected:
    The following bus routes have been truncated / diverted:
    Hong Kong Island Routes:
    East bound:4、18P、91
    Cross Harbour Routes:
    East bound:101、104
    Both bounds: 113、905
    South bound:970、970XTram service:
    Tram service between Hill Road and Macau Ferry Terminal is suspended.Police will exercise or alter the road closure, traffic control and diversion measures depending on the traffic conditions on-site. Motorists are advised to be patient when driving in the vicinity and follow Police’s instruction and watch out for the latest traffic news through the media.In addition, other ad-hoc traffic and public transport measures, including additional road closures, traffic diversion, alteration and suspension of public transport services may be implemented by the Police at any time depending on actual traffic and crowd conditions in the areas.Early planning of journeys and use of alternative traveling routes are advised to avoid unexpected delay. Public transport commuters are advised to pay attention to the arrangements of route diversions and suspension or re-location of stops.
  • Due to heavy traffic, West Kowloon Highway Western Harbour Crossing bound near Nam Cheong MTR Station is busy. Motorists passing through the above section of road are advised to drive with utmost care and patience.
  • Due to the road situation, the following road sections on Hong Kong Island are temporarily blocked/closed to all traffic:
    -Western Harbour Crossing (Hong Kong-bound) – Shek Tong Tsui exit
    -Connaught Road West between Water Street and Western Street (both bounds)
    -Des Voeux Road West between Chiu Kwong Street and Western Street (both bounds)Affected bus routes have been diverted.
  • Due to the road situation, the following public transport service has been affected:
    Tram service:
    Tram service between Hill Road and Macau Ferry Terminal is suspended.Police will exercise or alter the road closure, traffic control and diversion measures depending on the traffic conditions on-site. Motorists are advised to be patient when driving in the vicinity and follow Police’s instruction and watch out for the latest traffic news through the media.In addition, other ad-hoc traffic and public transport measures, including additional road closures, traffic diversion, alteration and suspension of public transport services may be implemented by the Police at any time depending on actual traffic and crowd conditions in the areas.Early planning of journeys and use of alternative traveling routes are advised to avoid unexpected delay. Public transport commuters are advised to pay attention to the arrangements of route diversions and suspension or re-location of stops.
  • Because of public activities in Hong Kong Island, Sai Ying Pun Station will be closed and trains will not stop at Sai Ying Pun Station starting from 13:30 until further notice. MTR  anticipates that there will be an increase in the number of passengers in stations and therefore crowd management measures may have to be implemented in some stations on the Island Line and train service may be adjusted.These measures could include closing station entrances/exits, trains not stopping at certain stations or station closures.Updated service information will be provided through the MTR website, MTR Mobile, station and in-train announcements as well as radio and TV broadcasts.Please plan your journey accordingly.
  • Due to road subsidence, the following road sections are closed to all traffic:
    – the fast lane of Tai Wo Hau Road (Kwai Chung Estate bound) near Fu On House, Tai Wo Hau Estate; and
    – the only lane of Tai Wo Hau Road (Texaco Road bound) near Fu On House, Tai Wo Hau Estate.
    One-lane-two-way traffic arrangement is now implemented on above road sections.
  • Due to emergency repairing works, the following road sections are closed to all traffic.:
    – The slow lane of Shenzhen Bay Bridge southbound between CH0.2 and CH0.7
    – The slow lane of Shenzhen Bay Bridge northbound between CH0.85 and CH0.35
  • Due to emergency repairing works, the fast lane of Tai Chung Kiu Road Ma On Shan bound near City One Shatin is closed to all traffic. Only the middle and slow lanes are still available to motorists.
  • Due to the road situation, the following sections of the road are still closed to all traffic:- All lanes of Tim Wa Avenue (both bounds).

Hong Kong Tourism Board has a message to HK visitors:  Contact our team with any questions or concerns.

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