Ten years after China’s very first high-speed rail service was established in August 2008 between Beijing and Tianjin, a high-speed connection between Beijing and Hong Kong is in its final stages of development. Travelers will soon be able to cover the 2,000 km (1,240 miles) between the two Asian cities by high speed rail in a record-breaking nine hours.
The current train journey between China’s capital and Hong Kong takes about 24 hours. The new rail journey will terminate at the expansive West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, which is in its final stages of preparation and includes 1,500 signs installed – along with a wide range of modern facilities. A port will also be established at West Kowloon Station where mainland Chinese and Hong Kong authorities will jointly carry out exit and entry supervision.