Hong Kong netizens are extremely furious that the Chinese government expands Individual Visit Scheme to 4.1 million non-permanent resident of Shenzhen on September 1st.
Hong Kong’s doors will be open for regular visits by 4.1 million non-permanent residents of Shenzhen from next month – despite the concerns of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying that the city will struggle to cope with more mainland visitors.
The announcement by Shenzhen authorities that multiple-entry permits will be available to millions of residents of the border city who do not hold hukou, or household registration documents, there prompted new concerns that Hong Kong’s infrastructure would be overwhelmed and that visitors would compete with locals for resources.
According to the editorial of Mingpao on 2012.8.29,
Mainland China announced that non-Hukou residents don’t need to return to their birthplaces to apply for permits, especially for 4.1 millions non-Hukou residents of Shenzhen, who can apply for multiple-entry permits. This makes potential Hong Kong tourists suddenly bursts to 14 millions.
annaannawaifan: Hong Kong already has too many people that the air becomes breathless. In the future, there will be no place to stand.
Anonymous: I still remember the Hong Kong of ten-odd years ago. There were very few people on the street in the morning. I could even sing “the morning is so fresh and cheerful” while rambling around. It is no long like that now. Even in the morning, the air is thick with dust. Needless to say, in daytime, I have to squeeze through people. Whenever I move, I can touch someone else. Mong Kok and Causeway Bay are disaster areas. When I go there, I almost can’t breath, no joke. People who have respiratory problem, pregnant women, elderly and children should not go there.
豪龍: I don’t against Individual Visit Scheme. However, the policy should not be overdone. Hong Kong isn’t that big. How can Hong Kong accommodate that much people! Even there is no space for local. Does it mean that Hongkongers stay at home and Mainlanders do shopping on the street, doesn’t it? Rubbish government!
Seriously Affects Daily Life
Very important note: Majority of Hongkongers do not own cars because this small city has good public transport system. Every day, Hongkongers spend several hours on public transport.
惹愚: In order to avoid tourists on sidewalks, many people have to walk on roads…
sbhk: F***! Now, Hong Kong is so crowded now. Besides crowding up all shopping malls in Mong Kok and Causeway Bay (Now I avoid these places at all costs), these bastards love taking MTR (Mass Transit Railway) during rush hour. They also bring their luggage with them, f***!
Health: Hong Kong will only become more and more chaotic. Now, I always see fighting and arguments inside MTR. My feet are always ran over by luggage.
Aggie: Can they stop coming….It is so crowded during rush hour. Besides, (tourists of) Individual Travel Scheme use luggage and bags to occupy the whole train compartments. Even when I go to Mannings (a pharmacy) to buy shampoo, I have to compete with (tourists of) Individual Travel Scheme. When I eat out, I have to compete for seats. Individual Travel Scheme has completely affected the basic daily needs of us Hong Kong citizens. We have had enough…
可悠悠: What the…HK has already became so crowded that people can’t take public transport…Can they split into groups? Hong Kong is going to sink!
Ric: I take MTR to go to work in Admiralty and I used to take exit B (that is the bus terminal for Ocean Park). Now I have to take other exits because exit B is occupied by them…Now, even let more people come…Sigh! Business owners get rich while we employees suffer! The price of everything inflates, inflates and inflates…
來打醬油的某A: Do Hongkonger need to live? Now, (tourists of) Individual Visit Scheme have started to establish presence in Kwun Tong, Prince Edward and even remote place like Tsung Kwan O, The survival space of local people is going to be disappeared. Everyday, when I walk on the street, I afraid that I will get in a fight with (tourists of) Individual Visist Scheme. In shopping malls, I have to face the situation that when I am being jumped queue I can’t criticise. Do the Hong Kong government have to receive whom the Mainland approved? Isn’t it a rape of our living quality?
Mann: I do not discriminate Mainland compatriots. However, Individual Visist Scheme now has seriously affected the daily life of Hongkonger. If the scheme expands, Hongkongers and public facilities can’t really support it anymore. Besides, price index, housing price, public expenditure etc will be bound to shoot up. And this will deepen conflict between Hongkongers and Mainlanders. CY Leung should handle it seriously, otherwise there will be protests. Hong Kong is about to become a place not for Hongkongers. It is going to be a city just for people to go in and out.
Lui: <If you are a Hongkonger, please share> The number of Individual Visit Scheme (tourists) is 6 times of Hong Kong population. Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui have already been “ceded” to them. Now, increase the number of Individual Visit Scheme again? 10M more people and multiple-entry permits? Freaking crazy! Hong Kong is occupied!!! As a city, she can’t control the influx population, useless government! The never-ending increase of Individual Visit Scheme tourists has already seriously affected the daily life and welfare of local residents.
A netizen lists 10 adverse effects of Individual Visit Scheme
- Rents shoot up. Small business disappears.
- Pharmacy, jewelery and chain stores monopolise the market.
- City centers are overcrowded. Hongkongers avoid these places.
- The quality of guests is uneven and it taints the city appearance.
- The flooding of Mainland Chinese tourists repels foreign guests.
- Smugglers seriously affect residents.
- Low-tech industry doesn’t help economic transformation.
- Welcome guests with simplified Chinese. Destroy culture.
- Customs overloaded. Taxpayers’ burden.
- Undocumented workers and prostitutes never stop coming.
Worry of Non-Hukou Population
DucklingYau: At least Hong Kong public hospitals will collapse completely. The economy status of non-hukou residents is not that good. If they have serious illness, they will certainly rush to Hong Kong emergency rooms.
SNSD: Let migrant workers to come to Hong Kong? Coming to work illegally more than shopping
Sad.H.K: Hong Kong Catastrophe: inflation, health care system overloaded, free to get medical treatments and give birth in Hong Kong. The grassroots of Hong Kong will certainly be in very big trouble.
Puppet Government and Beijing’s Ill Intentions
Orange: As a Hongkonger, seeing my government even surrender Hong Kong permit approval to China, it is really disappointing.
一個普通市民: During election, CY Leung said Individual Visit Scheme would not be expanded. Why do more people are allowed to come down?
Ling Ling: Double negatives problem (anchor babies) hasn’t even been solved and then Individual Visit Scheme is expanded. Mainland China really wants Hong Kong to doom faster. The opinion of Hongkongers is not consulted. The doomsday of Hong Kong has arrived.
★敗家★: Mainland China wants the death of Hong Kong…therefore they use locusts to invade.
Pak Ho: Beijing just want to integrate Mainland China and Hong Kong.
Max: Beijing wants Hong Kong to become a normal Mainland city. Mainland China doesn’t want to use the special environment of Hong Kong to change their internal political system. The pearl of oriental has already died. Angry, helpless and heartbroken.
Fiona: It will be more than 4 millions because (migrant workers) of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin etc are not counted and they will rush to Hong Kong. Basically, this is a plot of the Communist Party, colonising Hong Kong with Mainlanders or Mainland locusts as fast as possible.
Electric Fan: Compatriots? I don’t treat Chinese colonists as compatriots. They are in fact invaders.
MOD1: China just wants to replace us with Mainlanders. If we don’t against it… in the future, we local born and raised “Hongkongers” are going to be an ethnic minority…
Venus: Actually… Do Mainland China and Hong Kong governments want to oppress Hongkongers to the state that blood sheds like Indonesian anti-Chinese incident happen so that they will finally be peaceful and happy?
Who says that there are only 4.1 millions of non-hukou residents eligible for Individual Visit Scheme?
Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing
The number of non-hukou residents of the above 6 cities is 36.95 millions in total. And they can apply for multiple-entry permit to Hong Kong.
Chui: They come to occupy Hong Kong. Beijing uses its colonists to repel Hongkongers, sinicising Hong Kong. In the end, completely integrate, no longer one country two systems.