Shenzhen / Hong Kong Border Hopping Exhaustion

In china business, hong kong business by Michael Michelini4 Comments

Starting to feel like some special agent in a James Bond movie…seriously…while I thought this lifestyle would be so cool, there is that famous saying “be careful what you wish for”. As it gets quite exhausting going through borders, waiting in lines, dealing with people from all kinds of backgrounds, stress levels, and moods. Larry tells me switching it up from ferry to bridge borders makes it less boring and more fun….I somewhat agree there, and tried the ferry today. Erik tells me I should try to schedule better…but really the reason is things are changing so quickly for me these days its hard to nail down a firm schedule.

Borders seem to always highlight the most extreme cases in people’s lives, the dividing lines in the haves and have-nots.

Just again and again I think when I am crossing borders, its like border checks is profiling and racist, the ability for some to cross and others not, mostly due to the fact of where they were born into this world. I guess that has to be the defining factor of those who can and cannot enter certain countries, and I am thankful again and again for being fortunate enough to have been born to American parents in the United States of America.

I spend my days now talking to people in Hong Kong who don’t have visas to go into mainland China, and then other days talking to people in mainland China who cannot get into hong Kong, or other countries, without a lot of hassle and applications.

Ideally, it would be best to be born a Hong Kong resident for the life I am living now, as a Hong Kong ID holder can zip through borders much easier. Even as an American, I have to get stamped on each side, the Hong Kong side and the Shenzhen, China side.

I am still amazed at the differences between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. sure the gap is closing, you can definitely see that in the prices – with Shenzhen costs for food, real estate, and labor sky rocketing. But even culture, and feeling between these 2 areas is major….and while there is a decent sized expat community in Shenzhen, it is nothing compared to the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Hong Kong…..a truly international city.

People have said that in the next 5 to 10 years there will not be much of a real border between Shenzhen and hong kong. There is big talk of a major metropolis between Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and even up to Guangzhou and Zhuhai. The population in each of these places is bigger than almost any city in the world, all are major….so to see them all combined as 1 metropolis….this is daunting. But that would be so great for me not to have to fill out these annoying customs forms (what happens to these forms anyway) when crossing back and forth, filling up my passport with stamps.

And “us Americans”, especially those who have not traveled outside of USA, have a hard time comprehending what it means to have to get a passport visa to enter a country, we are so spoiled to just fly to any destination and show our passport and get in without any questions asked….the rest of the world population is well aware of passport visas, customs officials, border taxes, and all the other headaches that divide the lines between the “haves” and the “have-nots”.
Just wonder if there could be a “super passport” of highly educated or experienced people in the world, who have to pass some sort of test to receive this passport, and could easily travel between any country in the world. Rather than having country passports where simply being born in one country gives you the rights and priviledges in that country (or the difficulties, burdens, and setbacks). Because during my travels I have met some really intelligent people, truly gifted people who appreciate life and would do great things, but have more hardships and disadvantages because they were born into a country and a system that holds them back.

….Super passport, global passport….that would be awesome.

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  1. I think it would be a horrible idea to blend HK into mainland and dissolve the border. I think they should tighten it up. Mentality between HK Chinese and mainland is too different and I find HK more intelligent. I can see them try, I can see them dream, I can see them work. I can also see a bio robot from mainland in some convenience store that just came from village from mainland. No intention to understand, no intention to work. I also saw successful businesses by people from Beijing Shanghai and Shenzhen and it’s great for china, however I think open border is no good.

    Agree for a world passport. Pass a test of being a normal person with opened mind and go ahead. I had experience of having both. Most restrictive and most acceptable passports and let me tell you one thing. People in some countries have radically different view of life and that’s why visas implemented. So I don’t think visas are bad for some.

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      well, i have to say……people that migrate to shenzhen do desire more in their life…..i see it as a new york city of china in that “melting pot” concept…..people there are not born in shenzhen and moved there for new opportunity and a chance to make something of their life….maybe this is why i see it as a possibility to merge borders……or expand the border of mainland china to the outskirts of shenzhen and guangzhou………the metropolis

      i believe this is destiny….just a matter of time.

      as far as global citizenship…..we all like this but governments may not…..and how would taxes work

      maybe we have to invade a new planet before countries merge passports…..then it will be earthling and martian passports instead of countries

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