For some, it was just another acquisition. Those with BNO passports queued for SAR travel documents for the same reason others climb mountains - because they are there. Others, without travel documents or with Certificates of Identity, waited patiently for the chance to apply for their keys to the world. Expecting freedom from red tape and expensive visa requirements, thousands could allow their imagination to soar from the scuffed tiles of Immigration Tower to all corners of the globe. 'I want to go to other countries,' said Tony Mok Chun-wah, 45, a Kodak operations supervisor and BNO holder from Hunghom. 'Many countries now have relationships with Hong Kong. This passport is more powerful.' But for a significant number clutching wads of application booklets, the deep blue SAR passports symbolise dreams larger than a string of exotic holidays or an extra travel document. 'Because I'm a holder of a Certificate of Identity, previously I had to sign my nationality as 'stateless',' said computer programmer Li Ming, 25. 'It was quite odd. 'A CI is just a travel document. It doesn't represent any special identity. After I have an SAR passport, I will have a nationality.' For New World Harbour View hotel guest relations officer Eva Li Wai-lin, 25, yesterday was a long time in arriving. 'I was born in China, and when I was five years old my family moved to Hong Kong,' she said. 'We didn't apply for any British passports - we waited until this day came. My family is not going anywhere. We're staying in Hong Kong.' Kowloon housewife Yuen Wai-king, 50, said she had been denied a BNO passport because her mother had lost her Hong Kong birth certificate long ago. 'I like the SAR passport. I am Chinese and I am a Hong Kong person; I've lived here all my life,' she said. Kwun Tong teacher Chan Yuen-wai, 38, was in no doubt why she had waited in line. 'Of course it's good,' she said. 'I'm a Hong Kong citizen.'