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热点话题:香港该不该限制大陆游客

2015-03-02    来源:普特编辑部    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

 

香港该不该限制大陆游客
Should Hong Kong limit mainland visitors?

【话题探讨】近年,由于大量的大陆游客选择去香港旅行,而导致的游客人数增多,引起了当地一系列的问题,香港同胞们也是怨声载道。对于大陆同胞的种种行为,其表示难以接受。所以,网上的大陆和香港之间的辩论也是屡见不鲜。香港行政长官梁振英(Chief Executive CY Leung)近日表示,会向政府部门提议尽量减少或限制大陆游客访量。对此,你怎么看?

相关英语报道及观点:

Chief Executive CY Leung said he will speak with central government leaders about the possibility of limiting the number of tourists from the Chinese mainland in response to mounting complaints from Hong Kong residents over various inconveniences caused by the rising number of such visitors. Is it reasonable for the special administrative region to limit mainland visitors? Our forum readers share their opinions on this issue and you are also welcome to add yours.

1. Hesham (China)

Hong Kong is renowned as one of the world's freest markets and every year visitors from all over the world go there to purchase commodities which are also imported from around the globe. The market will still function when supplies fall short of demand. Improper administrative measures, such as limiting visitors, cannot fundamentally solve Hong Kong's economic problems and the self-sealing measures will not boost Hong Kong's prosperity.


 

2. Corinne (UK)

Chinese tourists are fueling Hong Kong's economy after the 2003 relaxation of travel laws that eliminated the requirement that mainlanders visited Hong Kong only in tour groups. Chinese tourists spent about $28bn in Hong Kong last year and any restrictions would be opposed by businesses that benefit from their presence. There are other solutions such as developing facilities such as shopping malls to increase its ability to handle tourists and building more tourist sites in Lantau Island, Hong Kong's largest island which has much room to be developed, to ease the crush of tourists on downtown streets.

3. Kathleen (China)

The parallel-goods traders and visitors staying in Hong Kong for less than one day should be blamed for soaring prices and shortages of daily necessities. The authorities must strike a balance targeting the parallel-goods traders and the policy change should focus on ways to limit the number of people spending less than a day in Hong Kong. Building more duty-free shops near the border could also be a good solution.


 

4. Rhys (US)

Curbing visitor numbers will see locals make less money. Hong Kong functions like a commodity transfer stop and the growing demand from mainlanders will expand the demand for importing more goods, so visitors' shopping will not necessary squeeze local people's needs. Increasing pressure on local people's livelihoods is due to the growing income gap which is not caused by the multiple-entry policy.

5. Michael (China)

About 2.5 million Shenzhen-based mainlanders are eligible for multiple-entry permits. Some 1.2 million have obtained them of which 30,000 to 50,000 are working as couriers. Rampant courier activities affect the daily lives of Hong Kong residents in the North District. The mainland and Hong Kong authorities should target those issued with multiple-entry permits to enter Hong Kong instead of simply pushing away mainland visitors from other cities. If their visits are restricted to one visit per day the problem will improve significantly.


 

6. Glen (Australia)

About 40 million Chinese mainlanders visited Hong Kong last year and this volume overwhelmed the city's capacity to receive tourists. The great benefits mainland visitors create only go to a small number of tourism-related industries, but most local residents have to shoulder the inconvenience caused. Employment positions created by the multiple-entry travel policy is only limited to some low-income service industries and the policy does not contribute much to Hong Kong's GDP.

7.Sandra (China)

The number of Chinese travelling abroad during the Spring Festival went up 10 percent, but the number visiting Hong Kong fell for the first time over the past 20 years because of anti-mainland sentiment. The city may lose between $2bn and $3bn in retail sales, if the government proceeds with a 20 percent cut in Chinese arrivals. The limited capacity theory is not that convincing. When a place is overwhelmed visitors go somewhere else. The number of tourists should be adjusted by the market, not government policies.(英文文本 via ChinaDaily)

重点解析 Key Phrases/Words

1. mounting complaints 逐渐上升的投诉与抱怨

2. is renowned as 以...著名

3. self-sealing adj. 自动封口的,自动密封的

4. parallel-goods traders  水货客

5. rampant adj. 蔓延的,猖獗的

6. sentiment n. 感情,情绪,情操



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