• Short Summary

    FOR MILLIONS OF CHINESE FRIDAY (5 FEBRUARY) MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR OF THE DOG.

  • Description

    FOR MILLIONS OF CHINESE FRIDAY (5 FEBRUARY) MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR OF THE DOG. IN HONG KONG THOUSANDS OF LOCAL CHINESE ARE PREPARING TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH FRIENDS AND RELATIVES ACROSS THE BORDER.

    LONG QUEUES FORM OUTSIDE IMMIGRATION OFFICES AS TRAVELLERS APPLY FOR EXIT AND RE-ENTRY VISAS. OFFICES HAVE BEEN WORKING OVERTIME TO COPE WITH THE RUSH.

    FOR THE PAST WEEK, GAILY DECORATED SHOPS HAVE BEEN JAMMED WITH CUSTOMERS IN A CHRISTMAS-STYLE RUSH. THEY HAVE BEEN BUYING FOODSTUFFS, HOUSEHOLD GOODS, CLOTHES AND OTHER PRESENTS FOR THEIR RELATIVES.

    SPECIAL TRAINS HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED TO TAKE TRAVELLERS TO CANTON WHERE THERE ARE CONNECTIONS TO OTHER PARTS OF CHINA. EVERY MORNING THE KOWLOON RAILWAY STATION IS CROWDED AS THE NEW YEAR EXODUS BUILDS UP.

    THE TRAINS CROSS THROUGH THE RURAL COUNTRYSIDE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TO SHEUNG SHUI, ONE OF THE FINAL STATIONS BEFORE THEY REACH THE FRONTIER WHERE PASSENGERS CHANGE TO A CHINESE TRAIN.

    FOR YEARS PEKING'S LEADERS HAVE BEEN EXHORTING PEOPLE TO REVOLUTIONISE THE SPRING FESTIVAL AND ELIMINATE SUPERSTITIOUS PRACTICES SUCH AS THE USE OF FIRECRACKERS TO DRIVE OFF EVIL SPIRITS.

    AND WITH THE CURRENT WAR PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN IN CHINA THIS YEAR'S CELEBRATION ARE EXPECTED TO BE SUBDUED. BUT THERE ARE ALSO OTHER REASONS FOR A CAUTIOUS ATTITUDE -- IN THE CHINESE CALENDAR THIS IS NOT A PROPITIOUS YEAR FOR MARRIAGE AND FEW COUPLES ARE EXPECTED TO RISK A LIFE TIME OF BAD LUCK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB2K3CBNWS8W1R8D6GNPC07642
    Media URN:
    VLVAB2K3CBNWS8W1R8D6GNPC07642
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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