This will be possibly the shortest post ever, but I thought I’d throw it on the site since current information about crossing from Zhuhai to Macau with bicycles isn’t easy to find.
Apparently there are two ways to cross; a ferry, or the main foot-traffic crossing at the border of the two countries (yeah, Macau isn’t technically a country, but I’ll write about that next time).
Option one: Ferry crossing
The two options were vastly reduced when we showed up to the ferry terminal and were told that it was no longer possible to cross there. So we cycled back to the city.
Option two: Land border
This border was absolutely packed at 8.30 a.m. on a Monday morning. We pushed our bikes through the heaving crowd, and had to remove our panniers to have them scanned. Once that was done we walked to Chinese immigration, wheeled our bikes down the aisle with no trouble, and got stamped out of China. Immediately after that we had to take off the panniers again to have them scanned.
We walked through to Macau immigration, didn’t have to fill out any paperwork whatsoever, lined up in the queue with our bikes, and got stamped in.
Perhaps at borders between other countries some happy bureaucrat might have started prancing around and made us do something ridiculous, like remove the font wheel or have the bikes wrapped up in plastic. My guess is that this crossing was easy simply because of the sheer number of people, and that trying to make us jump through hoops would have caused too much hassle.