Too many Chinese people go to Hong Kong every day in order to buy everyday items and sell them in China. Hence, Beijing – after months spent in protest and tension along the borders – chose to reduce the possibility for Chinese people to visit Hong Kong.
These are the first steps the government chose to take n order to fight the enormous phenomenon happening during the last years, known as “parallel trade”. Smugglers travel from China to Hong Kong to buy powdered milk, toilet paper, shampoo and other everyday items that are more expensive in China.
This decision is affecting Shenzhen in Guangdong that borders with this region with special administration. Its inhabitants will be allowed to enter Hong Kong just once a week and cannot stay more than 7 days. According to Hong Kong authorities, in 2014, about 47 thousand Chinese visited the city. Many of them buy good in order to sell them in their areas at higher prices, although it is illegal.
The executive chief of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-yin, said it is an “important move” for the government, they have been working on it for the past year, they also announced that Hong Kong will keep on encouraging tourism of Chinese people.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa