Hong Kong battles 'pregnancy tourism'

Mainland Chinese seek births in Hong Kong during lucky "Year of the Dragon" to gain advantageous passport.

    It is considered good luck in China to have a baby in the Year of the Dragon.

    The benefits of a Hong Kong passport are highly prized by many mainland Chinese, and the high demand by pregnant women to cross the border has brought tough new regulations and restricted access to public hospitals.

    However, a flourishing private sector is offering maternity beds, with some agents offering to get around the rules.

    Al Jazeera's Rob McBride reports from Hong Kong.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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