China Restricts Travel of Locals to Hong Kong to Cool Tensions

Chinese authorities brought in curbs on travel to Hong Kong on Monday to cool tensions over the growing influx of mainland shoppers that's angering residents of the Asian financial hub. The move comes as anger simmers over the rising numbers of cross-border mainland Chinese travelers, who've been blamed for voracious buying of smartphones, cosmetics, medicine and luxury goods that distorts the local economy. The Xinhua report said, the central government in Beijing has adjusted the travel policy because, "alongside the unceasing growth of mainland residents traveling to Hong Kong and growing pressure on mainland and Hong Kong immigration ports, there's growing contradiction between visitor numbers to Hong Kong and Hong Kong tourism's capability."