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Slight respite from parallel traders in Hong Kong may not last

Trading activity has slowed at the border. Photo: Sam Tsang

For years, border checkpoints between Sheung Shui and Shenzhen have been a jammed, chaotic mess as thousands of parallel traders commute, with carts bulging with boxes and heavy bags, in a cat-and-mouse game with customs officers.

Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 3:44am 1 comment

Parallel exporters using Hong Kong flats as warehouses

Immigration Department and police officers take away mainlanders suspected to be parallel traders at Fanling's Cardinal Industrial Building. Photo: David Wong

Parallel traders who tried to outsmart police by using residential flats instead of industrial units for goods storage were raided yesterday by law enforcement officers armed with emergency court warrants.

Immigration and police officers arrested 15 mainlanders in the fourth action in eight days against illegal activities by parallel exporters.

27 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Immigration officers threaten holiday mayhem with work-to-rule

Frontline immigration officers warned that their planned work-to-rule could paralyse border control points during the National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holidays next month if talks with the department over providing extra officers break down.

5 Sep 2012 - 8:24am

Lo Wu closed-border quota upsets parents of children studying in city

Some using the most popular crossing point, Lo Wu, were unable to start school yesterday. They now face a wait of up to two weeks for Lok Ma Chau. Photo: SCMP

Some cross-border pupils were unable to start school yesterday because they lacked permits that enable them to reach their school buses waiting in the boundary closed area.

4 Sep 2012 - 2:40am

Shenzhen multi-entry travel permits for Hong Kong delayed

Green Sense activists release balloons outside the government offices to protest about the multi-entry permits. Photo: David Wong

Non-permanent residents of Shenzhen eager to apply for a multi-entry permit to Hong Kong were met with signs telling them no permits would be issued for the next three weeks on the day new rules took effect.

5 Sep 2012 - 9:47pm

Immigration staff cannot cope with extra visitors, unions say

Frontline immigration officers have warned border controls are at a "critical point" and need an extra 400 staff before the influx of visitors that a relaxation of entry- permit rules in Shenzhen will bring this month.

1 Sep 2012 - 3:57am

Third time lucky


After disappointing experiences with contractors, a couple finally found the man to make their wishes come true.

16 Sep 2012 - 2:37am

Barcode readers help pupils get through border checkpoints quicker

Immigration chief Erick Chan Kwok-ki (centre) briefs Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on a new border clearance system involving handheld barcode readers for schoolchildren aged under 11. Photo: Dickson Lee

Kindergarten and primary school pupils who live in Shenzhen but attend Hong Kong schools will be able to cross the border quicker, thanks to new technology at the checkpoints.

Handheld barcode readers will be used at several border points next month.

25 Aug 2012 - 2:50am

Officials developing Lok Ma Chau Loop recognise need to protect wetlands

I refer to the letter from Mike Kilburn of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society ('Development threatens sensitive area', July 24) regarding the Lok Ma Chau Loop.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Father of baby born at border is jailed

A baby was born while his mainland parents were being interrogated at the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint, a court was told yesterday.

But while the child will get the Hong Kong identity card his parents craved, his father will spend a year in prison after admitting attempting to evade border controls aimed at stemming the influx of pregnant mainlanders into the city.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Luohu planners consumed by a risky ambition

Luohu in central Shenzhen has long been dubbed 'Hong Kong's backyard', with hordes of Hongkongers heading across the river for cheap goods and services.

But now Shenzhen authorities say they plan to invest more than 250 billion yuan (HK$302 billion) in the next five to 10 years to make the 78-square-kilometre district an 'international consumption centre'.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

New status for wetland

The government has designated Long Valley, a 37-hectare stretch of wetland near Sheung Shui, a natural ecological park.

The bird haven was spared dissection by the Lok Ma Chau rail line in 2000 after public opposition.

In late 2010, birdwatchers reported that there were at least 261 species of birds in the area.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Truck driver killed over Shenzhen parking space

A Hong Kong container truck driver was killed by a mainland counterpart in a dispute over parking space at a border checkpoint early yesterday morning.

Chiu Yin-ming stopped at the Huanggang checkpoint in Shenzhen for a customs inspection after crossing the border at about 1am.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Blaze closes Lo Wu crossing

Fire broke out at the Lo Wu border crossing last night, closing the immigration post and leaving hundreds of agitated travellers waiting on the Hong Kong side.

The gate on the second floor of the crossing on Shenzhen's side was closed at 7.45pm, with smoke billowing from inside the building.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

RURAL beauty

Luxury houses have been one of the best-performing categories in the property market's revival this year. Midland Realty says in the first 20 days of this month, there were 101 transactions of first- or second-hand houses valued at more than HK$10 million apiece, the highest monthly figure since June last year.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am