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Airport UrbanismInfrastructure and Mobility in Asia$
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Max Hirsh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696093

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696093.001.0001

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Special Zones

Special Zones

(p.75) Three Special Zones
Airport Urbanism

Max Hirsh

University of Minnesota Press

The third chapter continues the theme of accommodating travelers despite architectural and social conventions by studying cross border bus networks between Hong Kong and the Chinese city of Shenzhen. These networks developed due to the differences in aviation regulations that made it easier to fly internationally from Hong Kong and cheaper to fly domestically (i.e. within China) from Shenzhen. The de-facto specialization of the two airports produced a system of “cross-boundary” coach terminals at shopping malls and border crossings located throughout Hong Kong and Shenzhen. An ethnographic study of air passengers traveling between the two cities revealed how the increase in cross-border traffic has affected a fundamental redesign of the border zone that separated Hong Kong from the Mainland.

Keywords:   China, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Infrastructure, Transportation, Buses, Air travel, Airports, Borders

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