North District, Hong Kong
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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 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