With one eye swollen shut and bruises over his nose and forehead, SCMP photographer Felix Wong tells of his ordeal of being beaten up by riot police in Shenzhen when he covered the violent anti-Japanese protests there on Sunday.Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 9:49am
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
Torrid protests against Japan broke out in dozens of mainland cities for a second day yesterday, prompting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to urge Beijing to protect his country's companies and diplomatic buildings from fresh assaults.17 Sep 2012 - 9:19am 1 comment
More than 50 suspected parallel trading cases have been detected in the past week as a result of an enhanced crackdown by Hong Kong and Shenzhen customs authorities on illegal cross-border exports.17 Sep 2012 - 11:37am 2 comments
Police have arrested at least four people accused of damaging privately owned Japanese cars in a big anti-Japanese demonstration in Shenzhen last month and say they will face prosecution.15 Sep 2012 - 3:45am
Cross-boundary pupils are being pestered by grey-market traders into smuggling goods across the border, a social service group recently revealed.
In one case, according to International Social Service (ISS), a bus nanny put cellphones into the bags of all her young passengers, who were later caught by Customs officers.13 Sep 2012 - 3:00am
Workers’ rights groups in the manufacturing hub of Shenzhen are being forcibly evicted from their offices, scholars have said in an open letter, urging an end to the crackdown.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
I think the decision to grant multi-entry permits to non-permanent residents of Shenzhen will cause a lot of problems.
First, the huge influx of mainland tourists will raise shop rents in the New Territories. For example, many mainlanders flock to the pharmacies and supermarkets in Sheung Shui to buy medicine and infant formula.7 Sep 2012 - 1:39am 1 comment
Can Hong Kong take more visitors? The answer depends on who you ask. The truth is that there are limits and, arguably, Hong Kong has reached its capacity - and not just physical capacity, either. The ballot box will give us an important answer on Sunday.
Hong Kong received nearly 42 million visitors in 2011, 28million of whom came from the mainland, with 14.5million day visitors.7 Sep 2012 - 1:47am 1 comment
Shenzhen prosecutors have filed formal charges against eight senior hospital executives for taking bribes in the procurement of goods, such as medical equipment and medicine.5 Sep 2012 - 2:41am
How much longer will it take before the administration of Leung Chun-ying realises that national education is belly-up - at least in its current form? We're now seeing more than just a stalemate - we're seeing a battle of wills between the government and its citizens.5 Sep 2012 - 2:28am
Commuters between Hong Kong and Shenzhen will be able to use a single card for transport in both cities from today, but will have to wait for more advanced features.
A commemorative version of the two-in-one card, "Hu Tong Xing", will be available in both cities today, while regular cards will go on sale next week, the two sponsoring companies announced yesterday.4 Sep 2012 - 3:28am
Travel agencies on the mainland expect a 20 per cent increase in visitor numbers after a change in permit rules which will allow non-permanent residents of six cities easier access to Hong Kong, with the first surge arriving as early as next month.1 Sep 2012 - 2:16pm
Immigration unions are demanding the appointment of 400 extra staff members to cope with an expected increase in the number of mainland visitors following Shenzhen’s relaxation of the Individual Visit Scheme.
On Friday, 10 representatives from four unions covering Immigration Department staff met their bosses to raise their concerns over increased work due to the influx.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Hong Kong will discuss with Shenzhen how to control the influx in visitors with administrative measures, according to a source.
From next month, changes in permit rules will allow 4.1 million non-permanent residents of Shenzhen to make multiple visits to Hong Kong.31 Aug 2012 - 11:14am