Multi-entry permits

Paper talk

Peter Lee Ka-kit

Fish paste sold in Wellcome supermarkets is found to be produced in a filthy house in Lok Ma Chau. And the house, swamped with rats and flies, is said to belong to businessman Kwok Chi-yau, a member of the chief executive election committee. 

Saturday, 9 March, 2013, 2:31am

Milk powder row triggers calls for review of visit scheme

Concern groups continue to rail against parallel traders from the mainland outside Sheung Shui station yesterday. Photo: David Wong

Tourism Board chairman and Liberal Party lawmaker James Tien Pei-chun said he welcomed measures to clamp down on trading of the milk powder, but called for an end to the scheme's multi-entry permits. He said visitors from Shenzhen should be limited to a single entry per day.

4 Feb 2013 - 11:47am 7 comments

Welcoming jingle hits a sour note when it comes to unwanted visitors

Parallel trading has intensified Hong Kong-mainland tensions. Photo: Nora Tam

The Hong Kong Tourism Commission theme song was once a hit, thanks to Canto-pop star George Lam Chi-cheung. He was appointed to be the city's hospitality ambassador to help promote tourism.

28 Jan 2013 - 6:36am

SCMP Debate: can HK accommodate any more mainland visitors?

What the changes to entry permit rules means for Hong Kong's tourism industry

During his first 100 days in office, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying helped to shelve a plan that would have allowed non-permanent residents of Shenzhen to apply for multiple-entry permits to visit Hong Kong. But non-permanent residents of Shenzhen and five other mainland cities are still being offered easier access to our city.

15 Oct 2012 - 10:48am

Multi-entry permits help thousands of parallel traders cross into HK daily

Parallel-import traders are seen operating around Sheung Shui MTR station. Photo: Nora Tam

More than 3,000 parallel traders are crossing the border every day and over half of them are Shenzhen residents with multi-entry visit permits, according to government sources.

The figures were revealed by a mainland official during a recent meeting of a newly formed working group between Shenzhen and Hong Kong customs authorities to combat illegal cross-border exports.

17 Sep 2012 - 11:10am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, September 17, 2012

Chinese University students' boycott. Photo: SCMP

New subject wrong and harmful

Alex Lo, in his column ("The echo chamber that is public opinion", September 12), places himself on an intellectual high ground.

He's saying that when enough people think alike, these people don't think, implying he is the rare critical thinker.

Is it too difficult to think through what national education is about?

17 Sep 2012 - 1:29am 2 comments

What's being said on

On the Legco election results:

Jose Allan Tan - Not a very good sign to have an increased presence among radical democrats.

Chu Fu-min - Don't let a noisy radical minority dictate policy for the moderate majority!

12 Sep 2012 - 12:26am 1 comment

Talking points

The Panda Diplomacy

Panda diplomacy lands in Singapore

6 Sep 2012 - 1:22am