Everything you need to know about the Hong Kong–Mainland high-speed rail
Written by South China Morning Post
Image courtesy of MTR
Running from West Kowloon in Hong Kong to Shenzhen and Guangzhou in Mainland China, the rail link offers a super-fast connection to multiple destinations.
What is the high-speed rail?
Commencing operation in 2018, this 26 km railway links Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to Shenzhen. The high-speed train runs underground through dedicated tunnels, passing under Yau Tsim Mong, Sham Shui Po, Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan and Yuen Long. It’s the fastest option for land-based, cross-border transport between Hong Kong and the Mainland.
It also connects directly with the Mainland’s high-speed rail network in Shenzhen, linking Hong Kong with six short-haul destinations in the Guangzhou-Shenzhen section and several stations throughout the country, including Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin, Kunming and Urumqi. Combined, the Hong Kong and Mainland rail links form the largest high-speed rail network in the world.
Hong Kong’s excellent transportation provides easy connection to cities across the GBA and our handy guide offers details to help you explore more.
So how fast does it go?
Travelling at 200 km/h, the high-speed rail takes just 48 minutes to go from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to Guangzhou South Station.
Inside the trains
Each row of seats rotates and each seat has a light, power socket and video display screen.
Passengers by train
Each full train carries 581 passengers — that equates to 117 cars, each containing five people.