Hustle and bustle reappears at checkpoint shops

Writer: Cao Zhen  |  Editor: Zhang Chanwen  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2023-02-15

Business at several Shenzhen checkpoints have been reviving since the full resumption of travel between the mainland and Hong Kong started early this month.

Due to the three-year cross-border travel restrictions, many shop owners closed their brick-and-mortar stores at various Shenzhen checkpoints and turned to online business. Some suffered a lot since most of their clients were from Hong Kong.

When the cross-border travel between the mainland and Hong Kong fully resumed Feb. 6, more and more businesspersons returned to their shops, preparing goods to welcome old and new customers. Once again, hustle and bustle is taking place in checkpoint shops. 

Various shops have reopened in Luohu Commercial City, which is decorated with welcoming banners and advertising posters. Luohu Commercial City near Luohu Checkpoint is one of Shenzhen’s best-known shopping malls due to its size and the diverse range of goods it offers. No matter what you’re after, it’s hard to leave empty-handed. Photos by Sun Yuchen except otherwise stated

A customer tries on a pair of eyeglasses at a shop in Luohu Commercial City on Feb. 5. China News Service

Staffers prepare goods at Mannings at MTR Lo Wu Station in Hong Kong on Feb. 3. Personal care product chain stores in Hong Kong are very popular among shoppers, as they can get a wide range of items at cheap prices. Hong Kong China News Agency

A real estate agency and a China Mobile service hall are seen near Futian Checkpoint on Feb. 12. Most stores near Shenzhen checkpoints are engaged in services targeting border-crossing passengers.

Shopkeepers and customers chat at a jewelry shop at Luohu Commercial City last week.

Diners eat at a tea restaurant near Futian Checkpoint on Feb. 12. A poster behind the restaurant window shows a Hong Kong food guide.

Shopkeepers stand outside a timepiece store and a bag shop at Luohu Commercial City last week. Luohu Commercial City is a one-stop mall packed with clothes, shoes, toys, electronics and a diverse mix of goods.

Customers select tailored business suits at a shop in Luohu Commercial City last week.