Guangdong officials tell those planning cross-border trips that hotel rooms are limited in HK Tourism authorities in Guangdong have warned people planning to take breaks in Hong Kong during the 'golden week' holiday next month that there are only 80,000 hotel rooms in the city. But they said they would co-ordinate with their counterparts in Hong Kong to ensure the holiday went smoothly. The warning came as Ministry of Public Security officials told a Hong Kong delegation that permission for individual travel would not be given to residents of any more mainland cities in the near future. The Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, after meeting ministry officials in Beijing yesterday, said the central government had received more than 300,000 individual traveller applications and had approved about 200,000 of them. At present, residents of eight cities in Guangdong, plus Beijing and Shanghai, are allowed to visit Hong Kong on their own. About 280,000 applications were from Guangdong, 4,000 from Shanghai and 2,000 from Beijing. The ministry officials also told the delegation that Hong Kong police had sent a list of 12,000 mainlanders who had committed criminal offences in the city, to the mainland authorities. High-level Guangdong officials plan to visit Hong Kong in the next few days for discussions about the expected wave of visitors to the city over the holiday as well as to raise complaints by residents that they have been cheated and discriminated against in Hong Kong. 'We issued a warning to people that there are only 80,000 rooms in Hong Kong and that they should plan their holidays accordingly,' said Liao Guoqiang, head of the Guangdong Tourism Administration's quality control department. Mr Liao said there had been a marked increase in complaints by mainlanders who had visited Hong Kong recently. The complaints ranged from Hong Kong travel companies dishonouring contracts signed with local companies by raising room rates by up to 100 per cent, to shop assistants telling mainland customers they were not entitled to publicised discounts if they did not have Hong Kong identity cards. First-time visitor Ms Wang, a customs officer, told how she had been cheated at a shop selling dried abalone on Nathan Road and did not know who to complain to. Businesswoman Zhong Xiaohua, a regular visitor to Hong Kong, said she was once cheated by a shopkeeper when buying ginseng. 'I don't have any problems now because I don't go with tour groups that are taken to tourist traps any more. Besides, I speak Cantonese so they can't tell that I am not local,' Ms Zhong said. She said shops selling dried seafood were the worst culprits.