High-speed train to Hong Kong to start operation
On August 23, a transport official from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, announced that the Hong Kong section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) will begin operation on September 23.
The first train will depart at 7 a.m. on September 23 from Hong Kong's West Kowloon Station and stop at Shenzhen North Station.The price of a second-class train ticket will be 86 Hong Kong dollars for the 26-kilometer section.
Once put into use, the railway will shorten the travel time from Hong Kong to Shenzhen to just 14 minutes.
Passengers from Wuhan can reach Hong Kong in 4 hours and 33 minutes for RMB 684.
Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) connects Hong Kong with Guangzhou, Dongguan and Shenzhen.
The high-speed railway will offer direct services to 44 destinations, with 38 to be long-haul destinations. Included cities will be Wuhan, Shantou, Xiamen, Nanchang, Hangzhou, Changsha, Zhengzhou, Shijiazhuang, Guiyang, Guilin, Kunming, Shanghai and Beijing.
It will take the high-speed trains eight hours and 56 minutes to travel from Hong Kong to Beijing; Shanghai, eight hours and 17 minutes; Wuhan, four hours and 33 minutes; Zhengzhou, six hours 20 minutes; Changsha, three hours and 12 minutes; and Hangzhou, seven hours and 25 minutes.
Customs and port issues
Whether entering or leaving Hong Kong, travelers will have to pass through two control zones which straddle four levels of the building at West Kowloon Station.
According to plans unveiled by Hong Kong officials, southbound travelers will get off the train on the B4 platform when their train arrives at West Kowloon Station, then go up two floors to the B2 arrival area.
Clearance for departure from the mainland side will come first before passengers proceed to the Hong Kong control zone, where channels and counters for arrival clearance will be located. Once both clearance procedures are completed, passengers can leave West Kowloon Station directly from the B2 level.
Northbound travelers departing from the ground-floor concourse, will go down one floor to a ticket hall on level B1. Valid identification will be needed to purchase a ticket and go through the gate. Travelers will then go down two more levels to the B3 departure area.
Clearance for departure from the Hong Kong side will come before passengers proceed to the mainland control zone, where channels and counters for arrival clearance will be located. Once both clearance procedures are completed, passengers will proceed to a waiting area on the same floor, and finally board their train on the B4 platform level.
Stations on XRL
Part of cities connected with Hong Kong through XRL