North District, Hong Kong

Then & Now: early maps attest to HK's 'fluid' borders

Monsignor Volontieri's map of Sun On. Picture: National Library of Australia

Early maps of Hong Kong, however inaccurate, provide a picture of its historical evolution and ever-shifting borders. writes Jason Wordie.

Saturday, 27 October, 2012, 11:20pm

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.

Complaints from Hong Kong residents have done little to ease the crush - until this month's crackdown by Hong Kong and Shenzhen authorities.

29 Sep 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

Minister offers 'HK buyers only' bait in New Territories housing project

Paul Chan Mo-po

In a last-ditch effort to defuse a potential political crisis over plans for three new towns near the border, the development minister suggested yesterday that some of the flats could be reserved for Hong Kong buyers.

22 Sep 2012 - 6:48pm 1 comment

Row over cross-border parallel traders in Hong Kong sparks online debate

Parallel traders were still operating outside Sheung Shui MTR station yesterday, but there were not as many as usual. Photo: David Wong

Protests by residents in North District to drive mainland parallel traders away have triggered heated debate on the internet.

Cultural critic and academic Chin Wan urged support for a Sheung Shui group that last week staged several protests at the area's MTR station against the cross-border carriers. Scuffles broke out when protesters chanted anti-mainlander slogans.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:17am

Kwu Tung: villagers vow to fight new town development plan

 A worker checks vats at one of Kwu Tung's soy sauce factories. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

For most of his life, Lee Siu-wah desired nothing more than the quiet life he enjoyed in Kwu Tung, in the northern reaches of the New Territories.

Little did he expect that he would one day be swept up in a battle to save his home village from being swept off the map in a major redevelopment project by the government.

15 Oct 2012 - 11:36am

Rural call to arms over plan to take land in New Territories

Farmer Hung Oi-chun faces losing the fields she works. Photo: Nora Tam

It was a celebratory meal that woke Ping Che resident Lee Po-hang up to the fact that she would lose her home and be forced out of the village she has lived in all her life to make way for a massive new town.

13 Sep 2012 - 9:26am

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

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

Villagers to protest against northern New Territories development

Villagers affected by the northern New Territories development will bring a party - with traditional Hakka snacks and fresh local produce - to the government headquarters on Sunday to protest against the proposal.

The government plan to build new towns would wipe out historic villages in Fanling North, Kwu Tung, Ta Kwu Ling and Ping Che, and would eliminate 100 hectares of farmland.

31 Aug 2012 - 2:39pm

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

New Territories businesses, residents are split over more mainland visitors

Chain stores at Tseun Wan, including pharmacies, are reaping the benefits of more mainland visitors. Photo: David Wong

New Territories businesses and residents remain divided on whether more mainland visitors would be good or bad for them.

Worries about next month's opening-up of multiple-entry permits to 4.1 million non-permanent residents of Shenzhen range from rising rents and prices to a scarcity of train seats. But many shopkeepers welcome an increase in business.

29 Aug 2012 - 7:59pm

Open door for mainlanders won't extend to new towns, Carrie Lam says

Three new towns being planned in the northern New Territories will not be open to mainlanders on a visa-on-arrival basis, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday, although she was vague on the idea of the policy for the border area.

23 Aug 2012 - 2:46am

Greens urge government to stop new town plan as farming industry under threat

Green groups yesterday urge the government to conserve farmland in the northeastern New Territories. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Almost 100 hectares of farmland will be lost if a government proposal to develop the northern New Territories goes on, say green groups, which yesterday issued a joint statement calling for the plan's withdrawal.

17 Aug 2012 - 4:00am

Two villagers in Hong Kong face trial over illegally-built fourth floor at their home

Village residents gather outside the court yesterday in support of Hau and his nephew who face trial over an illegal structure. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Two New Territories' villagers who ignored a government order to remove an illegally built fourth floor at their home will face trial in October, after the court case was delayed for months.

16 Aug 2012 - 3:52am