Divided Cities

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.

Saturday, 21 July, 2012, 12:00am

Border crackdown on smugglers begins

More than 20,000 cross-border smugglers took a hit in the pocket yesterday when Shenzhen customs began subjecting travellers who cross the borders with Hong Kong and Macau more than once a day to more thorough inspection.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Travellers targeted in smuggling war

Mainland travellers who cross the borders with Hong Kong and Macau more than once a day will forfeit their duty-free quota and their luggage will be subject to thorough inspection, under a Guangdong customs policy from Friday.

The move is the latest step by authorities in the province to crack down on rampant cross-border smuggling.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Triviality of sins is cause for relief

Recent storms in teacups over whether or not certain past and present government leaders took a lift on a friend's yacht, or extended a basement, highlight how lucky we are in Hong Kong to have such a startlingly clean level of government.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Stop culture clash getting out of hand

We are well aware of the gap dividing rich and poor, but among some people in Hong Kong, there is another as insidious gulf - between residents and visitors from the mainland. A video uploaded to YouTube last week vividly laid the animosities bare, showing a war of words between residents and visitors on an MTR train that led to those involved being forced off at the next stop.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

In Brief

Six HK residents among those held in Shenzhen drug bust

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

New border checkpoint in the bag, just ask Shenzhen

'A working group formed under the joint taskforce on boundary district development will carry out preliminary studies on the implications of a new eastern border checkpoint which is expected to be completed in 2016.'

SCMP, March 11

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Road scholars

It's still dark outside when the alarm clock goes off to wake Li Jun-hui and his sister Mei-ying for their daily grind. Like many of the children of Hong Kong residents who live in Shenzhen, but attend school across the border, getting an education is an endurance test.

13 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Cross-border school faces battle

Soaring land prices and lack of government support have crippled expansion plans of a school in Shenzhen which caters exclusively for children of Hong Kong residents.

3 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Tourism chief wants cheaters banned from the retail business

Retailers who repeatedly cheat tourists should be banned from the industry, the tourism chief has said.

James Tien Pei-chun, chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, made the comment yesterday as he called for the government to introduce tougher laws to punish unscrupulous retailers.

9 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Shenzhen offers 'pressure-free' tours

Two dozen travel agencies join scheme promising 'honest and quality holidays'

Shenzhen has become the third mainland city, following Beijing and Shanghai, to offer 'pressure-free shopping' tour packages in Hong Kong in the hope of cracking down on market malpractice.

22 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Housing activist blocked from visiting HK

A Shenzhen activist calling for a boycott of housing sales has been denied an exit permit so he could come to Hong Kong.

20 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

E-channels ease Easter rush for border officials

About half the 500,000 travellers who left for the Easter holiday had returned to Hong Kong by last night, with Lowu the busiest checkpoint.

17 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Shenzhen calls for a new border crossing

Another checkpoint raised in mayor's 'constructive' talks with chief secretary

Shenzhen wants to open a new border checkpoint with Hong Kong in the eastern part of the city to help alleviate the mounting traffic pressure and speed up economic integration.

24 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Buffer zone on border likely to be opened up

Low-density development, ecotourism will be allowed on the land, says source

About 2,000 hectares of border land - closed to the public for half a century - is set to be opened up under a government plan to promote ecotourism and low-density development in the New Territories.

10 Sep 2005 - 12:00am