New Chinese train will make 1-hour Hong Kong trip in 14 minutes
Eat your hearts out, NYC straphangers.
Hong Kong on Saturday opened a new high-speed rail link to inland China that will vastly decrease travel times.
Costing over $10 billion and taking more than eight years to build, the system aims to transport more than 80,000 passengers daily between the Asian financial center of 7 million people and the neighboring manufacturing hub of Guangdong province.
The train travels the 16 miles through Hong Kong to Shenzhen across the border in China in just 14 minutes, down from about 1 hour currently. The through-train to Guangdong’s capital Guangzhou will take just over half an hour, about 90 minutes faster than current service.
The project has raised concerns about Beijing’s creeping influence over Hong Kong, which is semi-autonomous.
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