China: Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Connecting with Mainland China to Open Soon

On September 23, the final phase of the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong express rail link (XRL) will be completed, connecting Hong Kong with mainland China’s high-speed rail system, according to an article from China Briefing.

Travelling from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, in the neighboring Guangdong province in South China, will now take less than 50 minutes – down from two hours currently.

The project is expected to strengthen Hong Kong’s status as an international logistics hub.

The high-speed rail project was first proposed in 2000, alongside other mega-infrastructure initiatives, to boost GDP and employment.

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