Sep 27, 2018

Hong Kong and China just recently launched their high-speed rail link, and it’s pretty impressive. Reports say that the previously one hour-long trip just to cross the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, China (with a distance of roughly 26 kilometers) now takes only 14 minutes.

That’s faster than most waits I’ve done just to book a freakin’ Grab ride.

Aside from the nearby province of Guangdong, the high-speed rail link also connects to various other cities in China. A trip from Hong Kong to the Chinese capital Beijing will take eight hours, while a trip to Shanghai will take nine hours.

Meanwhile, other major cities such as Changsha, Wuhan, and Xiamen would take three to five hours to traverse with the new train.

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Hong Kong to Shanghai by train will now take nine hours.

But while the new train is being lauded for the convenience and projected economic and business benefits it will provide, many are still wary.

As the train now easily connects Hong Kong to the rest of mainland China, there are fears about the blurring lines of separation between the two. Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous territory, and the new train (the stations of which are monitored and governed by Chinese law and mainland police, even on the Hong Kong side) may just be the beginning of a plan to further integrate Hong Kong into the mainland.

 

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