Shenzhen residents are showing enthusiasm about crossing the border to spend money, with an increasingly festive environment in Hong Kong as Christmas is marked by ornamented trees and sale ads on store windows.
The weekend saw droves of travelers at major checkpoints in Shenzhen, many of whom went to Hong Kong and came back with their hands full.
Over the weekend, long lines were even seen for E-channels, which are only usable by qualified travelers, including holders of Shenzhen hukou.
“I’m trying to look for good bargains as part of the annual Christmas discount season,” a Shenzhen woman, surnamed Zhang, told Shenzhen Daily at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin, Hong Kong over the weekend.
Zhang had purchased shoes, cosmetics, clothes and some gifts for friends.
“I have more choices here, but a 30-pecent discount is the most common this Christmas season, which is less than previous ones. Half-off discounts and above are rarely seen,” said Zhang.
Zhang said she planned to go shopping in other parts of Hong Kong next weekend, continuing her search for deals.
A young man, surnamed Lu, said many of his friends in Shenzhen only step into luxury goods shops in Hong Kong when there are big discounts.
“I’m guessing most people waiting in lines at the doors of luxury shops are those from other mainland cities, not Shenzhen,” said Lu.
While some people like Zhang were drawn by Christmas sales, some said shopping in Hong Kong is routine for them.
A man, surnamed Chen, aged 28, bought milk powder and snacks like dried mango and egg rolls in Hong Kong on Friday.
“My family members believe food in Hong Kong is safer and that the prices of daily items are cheaper than in Shenzhen,” said Chen.
Another man, surnamed Wu, aged 55, said he always goes to Hong Kong to buy grocery items like rice, cooking oil, salt, soy sauce and vinegar.
“I prefer to buy Thai rice in Hong Kong,” said Wu.
A woman, surnamed Chen, said Christmas discounts don’t necessarily draw her to Hong Kong because she goes there every week regardless.
“Skin care products are popular with women like me,” said Chen. Besides shopping, many mainland travelers were drawn by the variety of Christmas decorations in Hong Kong and they were busy taking photos of the lights, Santa Claus statues, fake snow, candy canes and more.