Mainland-HK high-speed railway launches ticket pre-sale

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/9/10 20:03:39

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link officially launched a ticket pre-sale for the service on Monday. 

A second-class ticket for a trip from Beijing to Hong Kong takes nearly 9 hours and costs 1,077 yuan ($157), while a second-class ticket from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes about 8 hours and costs 1,008 yuan, according to kyfw.12306.cn, China's official railway ticket buying website.

On Monday, MTR Corp, the operator of the high-speed rail link, began a pre-sale for tickets on its official online platform.

Trains departing from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station will travel to 44 stations on the Chinese mainland. The service will run six short-haul journeys, such as from Hong Kong to Shenzhen North Station. The remainder of the journeys will be long-haul and will reach such cities as Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan Province and Xiamen, East China's Fujian Province, according to the MTR website.

The 26-kilometer-long Hong Kong section of the high-speed railway is set to be commissioned on September 23.

But China's netizens have differing opinions on the new service. Some think it will bring more convenience, while others argue that high-speed railways are not appropriate for long-haul travel, such as from Beijing to Hong Kong.

"If the flight from Beijing to Hong Kong costs 1,600-1,700 yuan, I would choose flying. High-speed rail is good only for short journeys," said Weibo user Junjianyuzijianghao.

"Nine hours ride, tough," said Weibo user Yiyibushe.

"I will give the rail a try. The high-speed rail ride to Hong Kong sounds convenient after all," user Natoxu said.



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