Story of the Borderline


This article basically introduces the situation of both the SEZ Second Line and HK-Mainland First Line, including the conception and basic model of three systems separated by two frontiers. It picks out the shrinking Sino-British Street, transforming bonded area, mutated borderline village, disappearing second frontier pass and north-forwarding port as the subject of the research. Through the observation and documentation of the different knots of SEZ borderline, the author discusses about the  problems together with thoughts and lessons. Life and Death of the borderline can be seem as a reflection and a reference for the evaluation of SEZ. From his narrative, the development of SEZ never arrives at its destination and still has potential to be better.

Figure 1: Photos of the shrinking Sino-British Street.


Figure 2: Photos of Kwai Chung Port(Hong Kong) – Yan Tian Port(Shenzhen) – Hui Zhou Port(Huizhou) They are three main ports invested by Ka-Shing Li in the southeast coast area of China. All located in the Pearl River Delta, these three ports keep good relationship of cooperation besides the normal competition.


Figure 3: Old photos of Second Line Checkpoints


Figure 4: Photos of Futian Bonded Area


Figure 5: Luofang Village is located next to the border river. Lots of villages escaped to Hong Kong in 1970s and built a new Luofang Village across the river but belongs to New Terriories. In 1970s, HK Luofang villagers enjoyed a 70 times higher income than Shenzhen Luofang villagers. However, 40 years later, Shenzhen Luofang is much more boisterous and wealthy than Hong Kong Luofang. Some of the escapees have went back in recent years.



  1. Huang, W. W. “Story of the Borderline.” Urban China. 24 (2007): 30-37

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