oon, you will no longer have to bear the inconvenience of traveling directly to Hong Kong via snail rail with the upcoming opening of the much-anticipated Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.
This morning, high-speed train tickets to and from Hong Kong went on sale for the first time ever. The routes include direct links to 44 different locations in mainland China, including cities like Shanghai and Beijing.
A bullet train from Shanghai will take 8 hours and 18 minutes to reach Hong Kong and set you back 1,008 yuan ($146) for a second-class ticket. Meanwhile, a trip from Beijing to the former British colony will take 8 hours and 58 minutes and cost a minimum of 1,077 yuan ($156).
Shorter trips are also available from cities like Shenzhen (19 mins; 75 yuan) and Guangzhou (55 mins; 187 yuan).
These routes will all drop you off at the West Kowloon station — about 1 square meter of which has been put under the direct control of Chinese police and customs officials who will conduct immigration checks before passengers depart from Hong Kong.
The high-speed rail link will begin operating on the morning of September 23rd. Tickets are likely to sell out fast.