Mainlanders are getting a little help from state media with their Hong Kong Lunar New Year shopping.
The People’s Daily on Tuesday published a lengthy article about the best places to shop and which high-quality, reasonably priced products are available where, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.
These include Landmark North shopping mall in Sheung Shui and dried seafood markets in Sheung Wan, Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan.
A Ming Pao reporter who visited the areas mentioned by People’s Daily, found most of the shoppers in Landmark North were from Shenzhen and Guangzhou.
They said they were not parallel traders but were shopping for personal use.
A shop owner said mainlanders will continue to flock to Hong Kong because they have no confidence in products sold in the mainland.
Yuen Long district councilor Lui Kin expects a 30 percent increase in mainland foot traffic in the district ahead of the holiday which begins on Feb 19.
He said construction of shopping centers should be encouraged in San Tin district in Yuen Long to ease congestion in Lok Ma Chau and other border areas.
Meanwhile, the government is stepping up a crackdown on parallel traders in anticipation of a rush on Hong Kong shops.
On Tuesday, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam ordered law enforcement agencies to ramp up efforts to curb cross-border smuggling.
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