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Smugglers built secret tunnel leading to Hong Kong, border officials discover

Officials said the 20-metre-long tunnel was built in a 'professional' manner equipped with rail track and wagon

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 December, 2013, 8:22pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 December, 2013, 9:49am
 

Mainland smugglers dug a "professional" concrete tunnel into Hong Kong equipped with lights, vents, steel reinforcements and even rails to transport goods, domestic media reported on Wednesday.

The underground path had "one end in a rented garage in Shenzhen and another in a thicket of reeds in Hong Kong, totally concealed", said a report posted on the official website China.com.cn.

"It was dug in a totally professional way," it said.

Semi-autonomous Hong Kong, along with Shenzhen on the mainland, are both important trade hubs for the fast-growing and massive market. But the two have very different tariff systems. 

The as-yet unidentified smugglers sought to exploit their proximity by building a 40-metre-long underground passage and installing a rail track and wagon with a block-and-tackle system to ferry goods such as cell phones and tablet computers.

The tunnel stood about 0.8 metres wide and one metre high, just big enough for an adult to crawl through.

It started from a remote area of Shenzhen, in a garage full of bags packed with sludge dug up from the tunnel, and ended in a cluster of tall reeds a few metres past a river dividing the mainland and Hong Kong, with the nearest village 20 metres away.

The project was estimated to have cost three million yuan and taken four months to build.

Border officers discovered the tunnel a week ago, and a nearby resident said she heard drilling noises for one or two nights but assumed they were for renovations.

The man who rented the garage had used a fake ID, authorities were quoted as saying.

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lenali2003
It is indeed a piece of sad news to the tunnel owner as it was discovered before being used.
But ,anyway,he or she deserves that.
pangkf
Good job!! Better build one to the United States or Europe. Richer countries!! GO GO GO, mainlanders!!
captam
It was dug and used by Pan-democrats to sneak into the Mainland at weekends to enjoy the relatively peaceful environment (away from demos) . By using the tunnel, they could evade Immigration and also not let their supporting voters know that they quite like the larger flats, freedom to do almost what they like and the better living conditions in Shenzhen compared to Hong Kong.
chinook
They copy the tunnel tactics from Mexico crime masters.
chaz_hen
And North Koreans at the border between ROK and DPRK.
ricky11
One of many.

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