Hong Kong enters high-speed rail era

By Luo Weiteng and Li Bingcun in Hong Kong | chinadaily.com.cn/Xinhua | Updated: 2018-09-23 06:53
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Two passengers enter the platform to board the train at West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, south China, Sept 23, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Tickets for the two long-haul journeys – one from Shanghai and the other from Beijing to Hong Kong – had been sold out well in advance.

Feng Yan, a 36-year-old associate professor at the Communication University of China in Beijing, took the first high-speed train G5711 from Shenzhen North to West Kowloon Station.

As a big railway fan, he went to Shenzhen from Beijing to witness the historic moment, taking along with him dozens of old train tickets spanning different ages, as a small part of his collection.

Besides the fast speed and upgraded facilities, other highlights of the bullet trains include Hong Kong-flavored food and drinks in long-haul services provided to passengers after strict quality inspections.

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