Chinese Smugglers Dig Tunnel to Hong Kong

Officials said the tunnel cost almost $500,000 to build

Officials said the tunnel cost almost $500,000 to build

Chinese authorities have uncovered a tunnel from the mainland to Hong Kong, apparently built by smugglers.

The tunnel, with concrete walls and interior lighting, started under a garage near the city of Shenzhen and stretched for 40m (130ft) under a river and into reed-beds in Hong Kong.

The authorities believe gangs intended to use it to import mobile phones and other electrical goods into Hong Kong.

The semi-autonomous zone has different tariffs to the mainland.

The smugglers could make huge profits by avoiding border fees and taxes.

This picture taken on December 24, 2013 shows a soldier checking an underground tunnel leading to Hong Kong from Shenzhen
The tunnel was thought to be incomplete, about 20m short of its intended destination
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