Hong Kong res­i­dents seek respite from un­rest in Shenzhen

Global Times US Edition - - BIZUPDATE -

The con­tin­u­ous un­rest in Hong Kong has se­ri­ously af­fected the nor­mal lives of lo­cal res­i­dents, and an in­creas­ing num­ber of Hongkonger­s are hop­ing to es­cape from the op­pres­sive en­vi­ron­ment and seek some peace­ful time in the Chi­nese main­land. Some Hongkonger­s even noted on Tues­day that they have de­cided to pur­chase homes in the main­land.

A num­ber of ho­tels near Luohu and Futian ports in Shenzhen, South China’s Guang­dong Province have lim­ited rooms avail­able and some types of rooms have al­ready been booked out, on­line travel agen­cies showed on Tues­day.

The num­ber of in­bound and out­bound Hong Kong res­i­dents through Shenzhen ports reached 23.5 mil­lion from July to Au­gust, with the num­ber of in­bound and out­bound Hongkonger­s ex­ceed­ing 400,000 each week­end, chi­nanews.com re­ported on Sun­day, cit­ing of­fi­cial data.

Res­i­dents in Hong Kong have suf­fered and some peo­ple would rather spend their week­ends in Shenzhen, in a bid to “have some fresh air,” the re­port said, cit­ing one Hongkonger sur­named Liang.

Wendy, a Hong Kong res­i­dent who of­ten trav­els to the main­land for work, told the Global Times on Tues­day that some of her friends have bought houses in Zhuhai, Guang­dong. She also ex­pressed her wish that the ri­ots in Hong Kong could end as soon as pos­si­ble.

An­other Hong Kong res­i­dent sur­named Zhao told the Global Times that she had to move back to her mother’s home in Guangzhou, cap­i­tal of Guang­dong, since she had just given birth to a baby and the protests in her neigh­bor­hood were dis­turb­ing for her fam­ily.

Some Hongkonger­s in­ter­viewed by the Global Times said they re­ally wanted to have a peace­ful week­end in Shenzhen, but had to stay in the op­pres­sive at­mos­phere of Hong Kong due to busy work sched­ules. zhanghong­pei @glob­al­times.com.cn

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