It’s all systems go for the highly anticipated High Speed Rail System connecting Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The rail system, which is expected to reduce travel time by approximately 60 percent, is commencing operations this weekend.
Strengthening Hong Kong’s position as a gateway to Greater China, the 142km track will connect the city to 44 stations across Mainland China, including six short-haul and 38 long-haul stations.
With trains reaching speeds of up to 350km per hour, Wuhan, one of China’s popular cities, will be accessible from Hong Kong in five hours, whilst the journey time between Guangzhou and Hong Kong will be reduced from 100 minutes to about 50 minutes.
The Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail is approximately 26km and runs along a dedicated underground rail corridor from a new terminus at West Kowloon to the boundary near Lok Ma Chau, where it connects with the Mainland section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail.
The West Kowloon Station, designed by architect Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, will also debut on 23 September 2018, and will be the main Hong Kong hub for the new rail network. Once completed, the station will be one of the largest underground high speed rail stations in the world, and features a pedestrian skywalk with views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline; an urban green oasis and more than 4,000 glass panels.
Tickets for the High Speed Rail System start at HK$78 (approx. NZ$30) from Hong Kong to Futian station; HK$247 (approx. NZ$40) to Guangzhou South; and tickets to long-haul destinations, such as Beijing will start at HK$1,240 (approx. NZ$210). For ticket information, click here.
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