Prediction # 1:
HKDL will perfrom better in 2007 (YEAR OF THE PIG)
Prediction # 2:
2008(Year of the Rat) will be a big turning point for HKDL
More attractions will be built.
IASW in 2007 and
Increased flow of tourists from mainland upon the completion of various infrastructure projects in HK:
(1) Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor (to be opened in 2007)
Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor is a 5.5-kilometre long dual 3-lane carriageway of which the Hong Kong section is 3.5-kilometre. Spanning across Deep Bay, the Hong Kong section links up the northern end of Deep Bay Link at Ngau Hom Shek with the Mainland section of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor.
(2) Lok Ma Chau Spur Line (to be opened in 2007)
The cross boundary traffic has been increasing rapidly in recent years. In 2005, there are about 250,000 passengers crossing the boundary at Lo Wu on a weekday and over 300,000 passengers per day during holiday. Sheung Shui to Lok Ma Chau Spur Line is needed to meet the increasing cross boundary demand. The 7.4 km long railway line will branch off the existing East Rail just north of Sheung Shui and run to the new Lok Ma Chau Terminus close to the boundary with Shenzhen. The station will be connected by a pedestrian bridge across Shenzhen River with Huanggang on the other side of the boundary. Cross-boundary passengers will have an easy transfer to Shenzhen mass transit railway system.
The Lok Ma Chau Spur Line will be the second railway link between Hong Kong and the Mainland, relieving passenger congestion at Lo Wu Station. The 7.4 kilometre alignment will branch off the existing East Rail north of Sheung Shui Station and then stretch to the Lok Ma Chau Terminus where customs and immigration facilities will be provided. The terminus will be connected to new Huanggang Station of the Shenzhen Metro by a pedestrian bridge across the Shenzhen River.
The KCRC has adopted a combined tunnel and viaduct scheme for the Spur Line: from Sheung Shui to Chau Tau, the railway will run through tunnels, the railway will then run on viaducts until it reaches Lok Ma Chau Station.
The Spur Line project comprises four major sections, namely, the tunnels, the viaducts, Lok Ma Chau Station, and the modification works at the existing Sheung Shui Station.
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region endorsed the Corporation's construction of the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line on 14 June 2002. Construction commenced in January 2003, and the project is targeted for completion in 2007.
(3) SkyPlaza, Terminal 2 (HK International Airport) (to be opened in 3Q 2006)
Sky Plaza, which extends from the passenger terminal and is fully integrated with the airport and airport express railway station, will feature airline check in facilities, a transport interchange for coaches (in readiness for Disney), two office towers (total of 30,000m² and a 38,000m² retail and entertainment centre.
(4) Route 8 and Stonecutters Bridge, one of longest span cable-stayed bridges(to be completed by 2008)
Hosting the Equestrian Event for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at Hong Kong
Sources: KCR, Airport Tech, HK Gov etc.