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A direct high-speed train service has been launched between Hong Kong and Chengdu

Overland travel time between the two cities is now just 10 hours, with officials hoping the new service will boost business links.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 6:49 am

Hong Kong and Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, are now connected by direct high-speed train services.

The first departure left Chengdu on the morning of 1 July and arrived in the Special Administrative Region around 10 hours later, after traversing a distance of some 1,650 kilometres.

A 46-year-old passenger from Chengdu told China’s Xinhua news agency that she planned to make the return journey by train. “I can have morning tea in Hong Kong and a hotpot later in Chengdu for supper,” she said.

[See more: The Greater Bay Area’s rail network is expanding fast]

Tickets for the service start at 796 yuan (890 patacas). The outbound service departs Chengdu at 8:48 am and arrives in Hong Kong at 6:55 pm.

Officials say the new service will help improve economic ties between the Greater Bay Area and Chengdu, a top logistics, commerce and finance hub in western China and a city of 20.9 million people.

China’s high-speed rail system is the world’s longest, spanning around 40,000 kilometres and deploying trains that can reach top speeds of 350 kilometres an hour.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 6:49 am

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