Should Hong Kong And Shenzhen Merge?

<p>Government planners in China are proposing a megacity merger between Hong Kong and neighboring Shenzhen to create a metropolis of more than 20 million people, but some fear the metropolis would be too big.</p>
September 19, 2007, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Government-backed planners say Hong Kong should be merged with Shenzhen, the southern Chinese city across the border, to make a mega-city of 20 million people."

"Only then can Hong Kong be one of the world's great cities, argues a research report by the government-linked Bauhinia Foundation."

"'It is not only merging, it is really creating a metropolis between Hong Kong and Shenzhen,' Anthony Wu, director of the Bauhinia Foundation, said."

"So does he envisage an endless sprawl of buildings and highways to gobble up all the space and greenery between urban Hong Kong and southern China?"

"Mr Wu says the first goal is to build a direct express train link between the two cities' international airports."

"The next goal would be to ease visa procedures for residents of Shenzhen to come into Hong Kong more readily."

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Published on Monday, September 17, 2007 in BBC
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