Mainland Visitors

Democratic groups propose arrival tax of up to HK$100 to curb mainland visitors

Democratic groups propose arrival tax of up to HK$100 to curb mainland visitors

Two democratic groups have proposed slapping an arrival tax of HK$20 to HK$100 on non-Hong Kong residents who enter the city by land as a means of curbing the influx of mainland visitors.

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014, 10:12am 43 comments

Hong Kong should expand facilities to deal with surge in visitor arrivals

Mainlanders have boosted Hong Kong's retail sector. Photo: Sam Tsang

People can be excused for doubting that a small city like Hong Kong could play host to 100 million visitors a year. But this is the number that government officials are talking about. According to the official estimates,

28 Jan 2014 - 4:16am 7 comments

'Beautiful souls' blinkered to reality

Some people see mainland China as leaking badness and contaminating Hong Kong with corrupt officials and 'locust' visitors. Photo: David Wong

A distinctive Hong Kong identity politics is emerging. As it is still developing, it is hard to pin down and put your finger on. But one important aspect seems clear enough: demonise China, idealise Hong Kong. Yes, yes, I know. How can that be when the city is part of China? But it's that very inclusion since the handover that is being called into question.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 31 comments

Airport becomes last line of defence in fight to keep Chinese mainlanders out of maternity wards

Airport becomes last line of defence in fight to keep Chinese mainlanders out of maternity wards

Last month a mainland couple were so desperate to have their baby in Hong Kong that the man's wife pretended to be Filipino and tried to fool immigration officials at the airport by using a false Philippine passport.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am 5 comments

Abrasive, loveable Hong Kong

While life here can be difficult, not least for someone born on the mainland trying to fit in, the city is also loveable in its own way.

I'd like to applaud Joy Yang for her courage in penning her recent op-ed on the discrimination she has experienced in Hong Kong. I, too, was born on the mainland and there have been times when I've got the evil eye for speaking my Beijing-accented native Putonghua here.

29 May 2013 - 10:35am 8 comments

Mainland Chinese's declining spending hits rents for Hong Kong's street-level shops

Rents for street-front shops in prime locations are plunging as tenants and landlords adjust to a fall in mainland visitors that has triggered a slowdown in the growth of retail sales.

Retail sales by volume were up 10.2 per cent year on year in March, down from a growth rate of 21.9 per cent in February, according to the latest government data. Growth in sales of jewellery, watches and high-priced gifts slowed even more sharply, falling from 27.9 per cent in February to 9.8 per cent in March.

30 May 2013 - 3:33pm 3 comments

Can restricting exports on milk formula prove best for Hong Kong's babies?

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

"There was only one tin left at home, but we could not buy another tin of the same brand for a whole week," says Snowy, the mother of a 10-month-old girl, as she recalls the scramble for milk powder she and her husband went through during the Lunar New Year holiday.

27 May 2013 - 9:04am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 26, 2013

Donald Tsang tried to phone Benigno Aquino. Photo: Xinhua

Has our society lost all its marbles or collective brainpower to spend taxpayers' money on something so trivial? I suppose most readers would be troubled by the front-page news ("Taxi driver cleared in 50-cent court case", May 17).

26 May 2013 - 4:35am 4 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 15, 2013

Hong Kong's landfills are nearing capacity. Photo: AFP

No truth in report of deal

Referring to your Lai See column entitled "Henry Tang buys historic property in Australia" (May 14), I want to clarify that there is not a shred of truth in the story.

It is totally incorrect to say that I have recently bought Lyndsay Park in Barossa Valley in South Australia. Any alleged claims in the story are wrong.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am

Outsiders have clearer view of our city's true excellence

Peter Woo Kwong-ching, chairman of Wharf. Photo: Dickson Lee

The Wharf (Holdings) chairman Peter Woo noted in his chairman's statement in the group's annual report that Hong Kong had become the top brand and the place to go for many goods and services mainlanders preferred. Thus, the current extraordinary surge in demand from the mainland should be treated as a "happy" problem, even though it challenged the city's capacity and creativity.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am

Lu Ping: Too many Chinese mainlanders being allowed into Hong Kong

Lu Ping in Shanghai. Photo: RTHK

In a pre-recorded interview with RTHK, Lu blamed the influx on the individual visit scheme, which he said was "too open".

10 May 2013 - 9:52am 11 comments

Spending by holiday visitors lags increase in arrivals

Mainlanders are spending more frugally here. Photo: Felix Wong

This year's "golden week", a national holiday, lacked lustre, says the Hong Kong Retail Management Association, whose members run more than 6,700 retail outlets in the city. Retail sales grew about five per cent from last year during the mainland's three-day Labour Day holiday, below the group's forecast of 10 to 12 per cent.

3 May 2013 - 5:36am

Golden week visitors add insurance to the shopping list

The bags may look full but mainlanders are finding extra space to pack away some life insurance while visiting Hong Kong. Photo: Thomas Yau

Besides gold jewellery, baby milk powder, cosmetic products and luxury flats, it seems life insurance policies are now on the shopping list of cashed-up mainland tourists when they visit Hong Kong for the golden week holiday.

2 May 2013 - 5:53am 2 comments

Tourists demand payout for short wait

A mainland tourist complains to the media. Photo: SCMP

Members of a mainland tour group demanded 3,000 yuan compensation each and an extra three nights' stay from a Hong Kong tour agency, saying they lost about an hour waiting for a coach.

2 May 2013 - 6:16am 5 comments

Hong Kong retail rent growth seen at 5pc this year, says consultancy

Sha Tin is one of the new and emerging shopping districts that attract 'day trip' visitors. Photo: David Wong

In its new report, Jones Lang LaSalle says the limited availability of retail space and consequently high rents in prime shopping districts continue to challenge cost-sensitive retailers, many of whom are no longer able or willing to commit to paying higher rents.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am 1 comment