July 31st, 2008
10:21 AM ET

Waiting at China's doorstep

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Eunice Yoon
CNN Correspondent

I had heard that China is tightening its borders ahead of the Olympics in August, but I didn't think getting through customs was going to be this tough.

My crew and I have been trapped at the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen for over an hour now.

For the first time since moving to Hong Kong four years ago, I have had to drag all my luggage to a special room to get everything X-rayed. Customs officials are painstakingly looking through all our camera equipment and scrutinizing our papers and documents. (My cameraman looks tired and we haven't even started working yet.). Every car making the short trip from the Hong Kong side of the border to Shenzhen is driving over with an open trunk ready for inspection by dozens of Chinese officials.

Normally, crossing the Chinese border from Hong Kong is a breeze. Chinese immigration officers happily stamp your passport and off you go.


Filed under: Behind The Scenes • Eunice Yoon • Olympics
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. James Dylan


    July 31, 2008 at 11:07 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    So it takes longer to get in the country and then once you are there you could get breathe in their polluted air and wonder about the water you drink as most of their water is polluted too. I worry about the athletes and what impact this pollution may have on their health. China has tried hard to minimize the effect and reduce the pollution in the air during the Olympics but there was only so much they could do. If it wasn't for that I would be all for the Olympics being in China – its past time to include them in world events; maybe by including them they will become allies. Remember the old saying – keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer. Whichever you regard China as including them and letting them host is a step in the right direction.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 31, 2008 at 8:51 pm |
  3. james messina

    Is man contributing to global warming? Just take a look at the city of Beijing

    July 31, 2008 at 8:34 pm |
  4. Melissa, Los Angeles

    I think it was a huge mistake to give China the Olympics and I'm Chinese! They're still under a Communist regime that oppresses not only their own citizens but also the Tibetans who never were a part of China in the first place. It doesn't surprise me the amount of censorship that's going on over there however it will be interesting to see what journalists bring out of there.

    July 31, 2008 at 7:15 pm |
  5. Martina Ilstad

    it was a big misstake,to give china the olipics games.did the wold realy
    forget what happend with peascful student,its not so long ago?it is a land that depress
    their own their own poeple,kill them put them under arrest far away from their familys.its a unlow country.and now thy cut the right of internatinal correspondent.to make good storrys about the games you need good
    material (Internet,which the china gouvermat cut,because crazzy reasons)
    but to be guest in a land,that ask olipicis artict to come together fot peacful games must alow to new more about this county.chin promess
    the wold a peacful and free games.where is the history of olipics?if thy
    dont make this possible,thy ly.

    July 31, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  6. Cindy

    Hey...China has to do what they have to do to keep out terrorists who may want to bomb events or hurt someone. So I guess if that is a little bit of a hassle for you all now, oh well...better that then thousands of people get hurt or killed.


    July 31, 2008 at 10:40 am |