Shoppers' interest in Shenzhen has cooled in recent months as Hong Kong prices have dropped, a survey found. Forty per cent of 819 respondents said they shopped in Shenzhen less often in the past few months than they did last year. Only 13.2 per cent said they visited Shenzhen more often in the same period. Some 72.2 per cent said they made no more than five visits to Shenzhen in the past year. The survey, conducted by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, found only 35.4 per cent of respondents had visited Shenzhen in the past few months. About 65 per cent said they had not. Thirty-nine per cent said they spent between $200 and $300 a visit and 30 per cent said they spent about $500. Compared with the result of a street-survey taken by the DAB last December, enthusiasm for shopping in Shenzhen had dwindled, said Sam Wong Sa-ping, who conducted the latest survey. In the previous survey, 93 per cent of 208 respondents said they had visited Shenzhen recently. Mr Wong attributed the drop in the number of visitors to price cuts in Hong Kong and the economic downturn. But the party expressed concern over the standard of the local retailing service. In the survey, 25.8 per cent of respondents said retail service in Shenzhen was better than that in Hong Kong.