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'I had to be on the frontline to capture the actions', says SCMP photographer Felix Wong

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

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

Anti-Japan protests turn violent in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Qingdao

Demonstrators disperse after tear gas is fired into the crowd in Shenzhen yesterday. Photo: AFP

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

50 parallel trading cases detected in HK-Shenzhen border crackdown

Travellers wait outside Sheung Shui station. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Four Chinese will be charged for wrecking Japanese cars in Shenzhen

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

Students from Shenzhen exploited to smuggle goods across border

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

Migrant rights groups report forced evictions in Shenzhen

Migrant workers' housing in Shenzhen. Activists who help the workers have reported random inspections and evictions, said an open letter. Photo: AFP

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

Influx of mainland traders to have bad effect on New Territories economy

Traders at Sheung Shui with large packages. Photo: Reuters

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

Expect 'overwhelmed' Hongkongers to find voice at Sunday's election

Mainland visitors line up at Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint before entering Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

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 hospital chiefs charged with pocketing millions in bribes

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

It's a battle of wills over national education

Paul Chan

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

Hong Kong-Shenzhen combined travel card launching in both cities

The two-in-one, cross-border card, Hu Tong Xing. Photo: SCMP

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

20pc rise in mainland tourists expected after change in permit rules

A train at Sheung Shui, a stop away from the border. In Shenzhen, multi-visit permits will be available. Photo: EPA

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

Unions demand more staff to meet Shenzhen rush

Immigration Service Officers Association chairman Ngai Sik-shui says more staff were urgently needed at the border. Photo: Felix Wong

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

Talks to discuss influx of visitors to Hong Kong from Shenzhen

Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai is a popular spot for sightseeing for mainlanders when they are not shopping. Photo: Felix Wong

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