|Source||:||China Central Television (CCTV)|
|Restrictions||:||Not access Chinese mainland|
|Summary||:||Trips more convenient between China's inland and Hong Kong|
Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, South China - Recent
1. Pan right from square to Immigration Inspection Department building
2. Close of passport checking
3. Close of sign reading (Chinese & English) "E Channel Enrollment Office"
4. Pan right of applicants waiting for enrollment
5. Various of applicant having finger print recorded
6. Various of travelers clearing custom
7. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) resident of Chinese inland (partially overlaid with shot 8):
"My child is in Hong Kong. I come and go all the time. E channel is really very convenient as it has simplified the formalities."
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8. Wide of traveler at custom counters
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9. Various of travelers clearing customs
10. Mid of travelers lining up to go through custom procedures
11. Wide of custom clearance
FILE: Hong Kong SAR - China
12. Various of downtown Hong Kong
Since Hong Kong's return to China on July 1, 1997, trips between inland and Hong Kong have become more convenient, especially after the policy allowing inland residents to make self-service trip to Hong Kong was initiated in 2003. More and more residents from China's inland go to Hong Kong for shopping and sightseeing.
Starting from four cities in south China's Guangdong province in 2003, the self-service trips are now allowed to residents of 49 inland cities.
According to Su Chinliang, chief of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of the Special Administrative Region, self-service trip earns more income for Hong Kong than any other sector since the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) between the central government and the SAR was signed in June 2003. Statistics available have shown that self-service travels generated 85 billion HK dollars for Hong Kong from 2004 to 2009.
The smooth travels have also helped enhance the mutual understanding from inland and Hong Kong residents, said Su.
Chen Kuochi, deputy director of Hong Kong Immigration Department, claimed that self-service trips greatly spurred the Hong Kong economy at its downturn of 2003. To date more than 87 million trips from inland have made to Hong Kong since 2003, with more than 27 million trips in 2011 alone.
Chen Kuochi also said he is expecting faster and more convenient custom clearance for the travelers.
In fact, the Hong Kong immigration department has been joining in efforts with the relevant inland government departments to improve custom clearance, and such efforts have so far yielded satisfactory results.
With increasing number of inland travelers to Hong Kong in recent years, the Shenzhen Bay port opened six E channels for entry and four E channels for exit on February 20, which shortened the time of clearance for each traveler from 75 seconds to 25 seconds, with only a simple finger printing procedure required.
Shenzhen, one of the ten entry/exit ports from the inland to Hong Kong, handles more more than 500,000 travelers per day, or over half of nation's total.
"My child is in Hong Kong. I come and go all the time. E channel is really very convenient as it has simplified the formalities," said an inland resident.