Chinese mainlanders flock to Hong Kong

The end of China's zero-COVID policy means Hong Kong is once again teeming with visitors from the mainland for the Lunar New Year holidays.

Authorities eased border controls earlier this month. A high-speed railway has also resumed operations after a three-year hiatus.

Travelers were seen being greeted by friends and family on Friday at Hong Kong's West Kowloon Station.

One local woman said she was happy to see her son and grandchildren, who live in neighboring Shenzhen, for the first time in three years.

Other holiday makers were seen shopping in an upscale district. One woman said she is excited because there are many luxury shops with cheaper prices than the mainland.

She also said she will take her child to Disneyland, a marine park and a museum.

The massive movement of people for what is China's biggest travel season is expected to exceed more than two billion trips.

People in Hong Kong's tourism industry are now hopeful of a return to the days before the pandemic. In 2019, more than 43 million tourists visited from the mainland.