The Far Away Town – 上水

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The day begun with a severe rain, thunderstorm, flood warnings…

At the train station

Torn legislator

The weather had turned 180º to a fine day with clear sky.

Summer Jello

Sheung Shui (上水) is the second last train station before the China/Hong Kong northern border. It’s the also the nearest station with a town from Shenzhen, China; making it the best destination for the Mainland Chinese to shop at. There’s a huge demand for the Mainland Chinese for the genuine Hong Kong goods/products. It had brought tensions to the community as it drove the overall prices up marginally in the market. So as the rent and even local businesses got replaced by chain stores. It had really stirred up lots of heat over the debate of trafficking baby milk powder to China. There were shortages throughout the entire Hong Kong and brought fear to moms and infants. The Hong Kong Government had even contained the situation by setting regulation to not allow bringing more than 2 cans of milk powder across the border.

It was a brief walk at the centre of Sheung Shui after work. I really enjoy seeing the old blocks with the remaining local businesses. There’re not anything for the tourists but still a reasonably comfortable community.

Bus repair

Caring grandma

At the market

Sheung Shui old block

6 thoughts on “The Far Away Town – 上水

    1. Dear KUM. While i think i do not have a lot of readers, kind words from the fellow bloggers always keep me going. I do make effort in organizing my photos the best i can. The rest is up to the community and whoever come across with my blog. Thanks for your support so far, KUM.

  1. Interesting you mention the baby milk powder situation. The trafficking to China caused shortages here in the Netherlands and the main Dutch manufacturer started a new factory in Ireland just to deal with the demand from China. Didn’t know that it caused shortages in HK too.

    1. You really can’t blame the Chinese citizen flock to else where for daily commodities such as milk powder. They don’t want to intake any toxic stuff to their bodies. It’s just sad that the upper management of food manufacturers in China are not strictly following their formula when producing food products. Cause and consequences…it would be very difficult to reverse the disbelief on the general public’s poor healthy safety. Damages have already done to the tainted milk powder years ago in China.

      1. True. They can’t be blamed. Apparently some Dutch food store managers abused the situation too selling ordered milk powder for higher prices to Chinese moms. All sad really. You need to trust regulators.

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