Mega mall at border proposed:It can ease HK-mainland tensions, says Heung Yee Kuk2014.02.27
THE Heung Yee Kuk (鄉議局) wants a huge shopping complex built on border-crossing Chung Ying Street (中英街) in Sha Tau Kok (沙頭角).
It says such a complex could divert cross-border shoppers from Hong Kong’s crowded areas and ease anti-mainlander sentiment.
Kuk members also want hotels, exhibition facilities and offices in the Lok Ma Chau Loop (落馬洲河套區) area.
They would like to see mainland and Hong Kong authorities opening Chung Ying Street for people from both sides.
Leading Kuk member Hau Chi-keung (侯志強) offered his thoughts on easing strains caused by droves of mainland visitors.
“There are already retail stalls in the street. We can build a giant shopping centre that can help divert some tourists looking to buy daily necessities like milk powder,” Hau said.
North District Council (北區區議會) member Tang Kun-nin (鄧根年) backed Hau, saying “most mainland tourists are now packing Tsim Sha Tsui and other prime areas for shopping.”
“Such a proposal could be a win-win situation for both mainland visitors and Hong Kong people.
“It would also help create more job opportunities for Hong Kong residents in the northern New Territories (新界) districts.”