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Hong Kong opens up forbidden area with legacy of Xi's father

Xi Zhongxun urged trade after seeing backwardness on mainland side in late 1970s

The Hong Kong government allowed a group of tourists to visit the village of Sha Tau Kok, which had been virtually closed off to non-residents for more than 70 years, on June 3.  (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong has partially opened up one of the last remaining forbidden areas in the territory, Sha Tau Kok, a village that was made off-limits 71 years ago to prevent the influx of illegal immigrants from mainland China.

The village in the northeastern corner of Hong Kong is part of an ambitious development plan to create a new metropolis along the border with Shenzhen, aimed at stimulating the local economy and enhance interactions with the mainland.

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