Date
24 July 2017
Many local campers believe some enterprising mainlanders plan to rent out the tents for the coming Labor Day weekend. Photo: Camp Style
Many local campers believe some enterprising mainlanders plan to rent out the tents for the coming Labor Day weekend. Photo: Camp Style

Mainlanders suspected of occupying HK campsites for profit

To save money for shopping, some mainland visitors camp out in Hong Kong’s country parks instead of staying in hotels.

Some are even suspected of occupying campsites in order to rent them out for profit.

Camp Style, a local website that shares camping information, posted photos on its Facebook page over the weekend showing about a dozen tents scattered across a campsite in Shui Long Wo at the Ma On Shan Country Park in Sai Kung.

All tents carried a printed note in simplified Chinese characters, asking people to stay away from them. The notes had the phone numbers of contact persons in Shenzhen.

Those who put up the tents, which remained unoccupied, did not say why did so and who gave them permission to reserve the area. 

But many local campers believe some enterprising mainlanders plan to rent them out for the coming Labor Day weekend.

Local residents and campers are furious. While others plan to report the situation to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, which has responsibility over country parks, others are threatening to clear up the site to give the occupiers a lesson and warn copycats.

Meanwhile, Pui O beach on Lantau Island is another place that has fallen into the hands of mainland visitors. More than 60 percent of the campers there are mainland visitors.

As the campsite is now flooded with mainlanders, local campers are forced to wait for places to set up their tents, something that they never had to do before.

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CG

EJ Insight writer

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