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.

Changjiang Weekly - - CONTENTS - By Zhang Quanlu

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

De­sign by Fang Lei

Part of cities con­nected with Hong Kong through XRL

De­sign by Wu Xiaolin

Ticket price

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