the-queen-chairman-and-i: When People’s Republic of China was proclaimed in 1949, as many as 100,000 people fled to Hong Kong every month. An official controlled border was established in June 1951 to halt this flow of people but thousands continued to cross the border illegally for the next 50 years. Many chose to swim the Shenzhen Bay, including Bunnan’s caretaker in late 1950s and his son, some 30 years later. Thousands drowned during this swim.
The 3 miles crossing is now connected by the 6 lanes highway.