Hong Kong people have often griped about the inconvenience caused by mainland visitors, blaming them for things such as crowded public transportation systems, traffic snarls and worse.
Now, the complaints are getting louder with citizens finding that they are being crowded out of the various recreational and public facilities in the city like museums, campsites and swimming pools, Apple Daily reported Friday.
The Hong Kong Space Museum and the Hong Kong Science Museum, which are administered by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, are especially crowded on Wednesdays nowadays. The reason: mainland visitors rush in, as the museums do not charge any entry free on those days.
It is estimated that 80 percent of the visitors, including the tour groups, at the two museums each Wednesday are from the mainland. Apart from crowding, locals complain about the bad behavior of the visitors. The mainlanders are accused of ignoring rules, jumping queues and squatting, as well as other things like eating in prohibited places, sleeping on benches or climbing onto exhibition objects.
Although the department says staff at the museums talk to the visitors if they see any inappropriate behavior, one can usually see the mainland visitors doing pretty much what they want without being stopped by any worker.
The Pui O Campsite located next to Pui O Beach in Lantau Island is another place that has now basically fallen into the hands of mainland visitors. Mainlanders comprise about 60 percent of the campers there, according to the report. Some visitors choose to camp there as they want to save on hotel expenses and use the money instead for shopping.
As the campsite is now flooded with mainlanders, Hong Kong locals are forced to wait in line for places to set up their tents, something that they never had to do before.
And finally, the crowding at the city’s swimming pools also appears to get worse, with visitors thronging pools such as the one in Kowloon Park. Asked why they preferred to come to Hong Kong for swimming, mainland visitors said they had been told that pools in Hong Kong were of high quality compared to those back home.
As the information is correct, they will the recommend the pools to their friends and relatives when they return to the mainland, the visitors said.
Now, comments such as these can only add to the fears of Hong Kong people.
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