Hong Kong's first high-speed rail line opens this weekend - CMW

Irving Hamilton
September 23, 2018

It will also be connected to the rail system via a dedicated underground corridor that reaches to the boundary near Lok Ma Chau, where it connects with the Mainland section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail.

The overall length of the railroad is 142 kilometers.

Border inspection procedures for the XRL are simplified, with exit-entry inspections by both sides being conducted at the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, the terminus of the XRL. "We believe that this rail system will be the missing link to connect Hong Kong to the main cities of China and beyond".

The XRL trains will slash the time it takes to travel between Hong Kong and the mainland and improve people's lives, Zhang said, citing that citizens from Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, can take the trains to Hong Kong on a weekend morning for shopping, dining and entertainment and go back to Guangzhou the same night. "The Basic Law (Hong Kong's mini-constitution) does not have an expiry date of 2047". Fans are speculating that the government is behind it because of tax arrangements.

"I hope all will be able to experience its convenience, including those who are anxious about the opening of the high-speed railway and the implementation of the co-location arrangement", he said.

"Now they've done this, once they've done this, they can declare any space in Hong Kong, this legislature for example, Chinese territory and they can say mainland Chinese laws apply here".

Hong Kong's first high-speed rail line opens this weekend - CMW

Kenny Koo, executive director and CEO of 3 Hong Kong parent Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH), said the operator is working closely with operators in mainland China to provide quality data connectivity for customers traveling between Hong Kong and the mainland.

He said Hong Kong risked losing its allure as a financial hub underpinned by strong rule of law, as Beijing steps up a push to fuse the city into a vast hinterland of the Pearl River Delta including nine Chinese cities dubbed the Greater Bay Area.

Lu said passengers suffered a lot, especially in summer, from having to move their luggage with the sun beating down. Similar restrictions do not apply to Chinese agents in Hong Kong.

Zhang said social conditions have improved, and Hong Kong people now have a more favorable outlook on the mainland.

And remember the visa requirements for visiting mainland China.

But legal experts like Philip Dykes, chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association, said the agreement differs in small but crucial ways from other countries, beginning with the full powers given to Chinese immigration agents, which could have a serious impact on residents.

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