Macau (MNA)- A five per cent increase over last year in the number of visitors crossing the Gongbei port to Macau for the Dragon Boat Festival is expected this year, amounting to some 440,000 tourists travelling between the two regions, Xinhua has reported.
According to the Zhuhai General Station, Customs authorities are currently building 50 automated Immigration clearance checkpoints at the Gongbei border, in the north of the Macau Peninsula, and expect to put all into operation from the end of June to the beginning of July.
The Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, originally commemorated the ancient patriotic Chinese poet Qu Yuan, who protested against corruption by drowning himself, according to official information on the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) website.
Today, the celebrations are held through the internationally popular Macao International Dragon Boat Races contest on Nam Van Lake, where many local and foreign teams participate in various men’s and women’s divisions.
The Festival starts on June 16 and ends on June 18.