Lo Wu

Parallel trading of baby milk formula still rampant despite Hong Kong restrictions

A parallel trader with tins of milk formula. Photo: Nora Tam

A check of the mainland side of the Lo Wu border checkpoint at the weekend found several dozen traders with trolleys full of milk powder. They were collecting different brands and handing out cash to travellers.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 5:06am 1 comment


If Google Street View had been around in the 1970s, images of Shenzhen would have been fairly uniform: large stretches of green farmland, the odd dusty trail, a few scattered villages - and that's it.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Marks in passport foiled lying visitor

A mainland woman has been jailed for five months for lying about her travel plans and tampering with her passport to conceal previous deceit.

Huang Zhen was convicted in Sha Tin Court of false representation and possession of false documents.

20 Mar 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

Tears and anger as families grieve for victims of bus tragedy

Relatives of three Hongkongers who were killed when a bus crashed into a crowd of passengers in Shenzhen on Tuesday mourned at the roadside near the Lo Wu immigration control point yesterday.

Lee Wai-man, 45, Tsang Siu-king, 60, and Chan Choi-yuk, 65, were among five people crushed to death near the control point. A four-year-old boy from Chongqing was also among the dead.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Up to 100 cross-border students lack permits

More than 100 mainland students - some as young as eight - are being forced to use public transport when travelling across the border each day to attend Hong Kong schools.

The children do not have closed-area permits, which give access to Lo Wu Station Road and public transport at the Lok Ma Chau border crossing and would have enabled them to use school buses.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

We need to ask ourselves if a third runway is really needed at airport

We now have proposals to build a third runway at Chek Lap Kok. Predictably, and understandably, these have been made and supported by those who stand to benefit (the Airport Authority, the airlines and the construction industry).

And, as always, the projections have been made on a 'business-as-usual' model which simply extrapolates the present position.

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Diamond smugglers jailed in Shenzhen

A Hong Kong-based cross-border diamond-smuggling racket has been broken up, with the Shenzhen authorities seizing 200 million yuan (HK$238.19 million) worth of precious stones.

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

24 hurt when escalator goes into reverse

Twenty-four people were injured yesterday morning when an escalator suddenly jerked to a halt and reversed at a metro station in downtown Shenzhen.

15 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

14 Hongkongers arrested in smuggling bust

At least 14 Hongkongers have been arrested by Shenzhen and Xian customs authorities along with 36 mainland suspects in a bust of six computer-smuggling gangs.

Police also seized laptop computers and other electronic appliances valued at 300 million yuan (HK$344 million).

14 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Out and about

Once about the furthest it was possible to go in Hong Kong and still remain in the territory, Lo Wu is only one of the several border - or boundary - crossings in use today. 'Boundary' is the politically correct word to describe the points of entry and exit to the Middle Kingdom - after all, we are part of 'one country' now and borders only exist between separate national entities.

30 May 2010 - 12:00am

Drivers protest over border-crossing closure

About 400 drivers from a private-car owners' association staged a slow-drive protest in Sheung Shui to urge the Hong Kong and Shenzhen governments to allow cars with no passengers to use the Man Kam To border crossing. It was closed on February 22 for 21/2 years due to renovation on the Shenzhen side.

24 May 2010 - 12:00am


HK risks becoming a concrete world unsuitable for children

In January the government published a document online entitled 'Hong Kong; The Facts - Town Planning'.

2 May 2010 - 12:00am

Rethink on closure of Man Kam To crossing

The closed Man Kam To border crossing is set to reopen - with limits - to the public under a new arrangement by the mainland authorities.

2 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

HK's Indian diamond traders concerned about Shenzhen raids

The arrest of suspected diamond smugglers in Shenzhen has sent shockwaves through the Indian gem-trading community in Hong Kong.

About 50 people were initially arrested, 33 of them foreign nationals, by mainland police who swooped after questioning a man at the Lo Wu border checkpoint. He had been travelling from Hong Kong carrying diamonds.

17 Jan 2010 - 12:00am