(Yicai Global) Aug. 24 -- The Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail will go into use on Sept. 23. The first train will depart from Hong Kong's West Kowloon Station at 7.00 a.m. on that day, with its destination Shenzhen North Station. The shortest travel time is 19 minutes.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government officially announced this latest news Aug. 23.
The opening of this section connects Hong Kong to the mainland high-speed railway network, and thus trains departing from it will be able to reach the mainland's 44 stations, including six short-distance stations and 38 long-distance stations, said Chen Fan, director of Hong Kong SAR's Transport and Housing Bureau.
The 38 long-distance stations mainly include large and medium-sized cities such as Shantou, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Nanchang, Hangzhou, and Shanghai in Southeast China, Changsha, Wuhan, Zhengzhou in China's central region, Guiyang, Guilin, Kunming in Southwest China, and Shijiazhuang and Beijing in North China.
It takes 14 minutes to arrive Shenzhen Futian, the nearest station to Hong Kong, and the ticket price is around USD10. The farthest station from Hong Kong is Beijing, which takes 8 hours and 56 minutes to arrive at and costs USD156 for a ticket.
"The current focus of the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed railway is short-distance travel, which benefits the creation of a one-hour living circle and a quality living circle for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area. It will also promote the flow of personnel within the Bay Area and accelerate regional construction," Tan Gang, vice president of Shenzhen's party school, told Yicai Global.
Editor: Ben Armour