Checkpoints See a Rush of Travelers over the Weekend
In a rush to try to finish their shopping for gifts for Christmas and the Spring Festival, more than 450,000 travelers flocked across the borders at Louhu, Huanggang, Futian and Shenzhen checkpoints this past Saturday. 100,000 people jammed the Louhu Checkpoints as they crossed the border to Hong Kong and had to endure two to five hours to complete customs procedures, which normally only take an hour to do.
At Luohu Checkpoint, which is considered the busiest checkpoint, travelers had to wait in the buffer zone between Shenzhen and Hong Kong for a very long time after they passed Shenzhen customs procedures. Travelers then started to complain about the time it was taking to complete customs checks.
Travelers were also complaining about the inefficiency of Hong Kong customs officials, one traveler said that Shenzhen customs was up to speed while the Hong Kong customs took longer than expected. Officials said that this was due to the Shenzhen side only needing to stamp one seal in travelers permits compared with Hong Kong, which stamps two seals in the permits, which is time consuming.