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Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area | WeChat and Alipay accepted at GZ-SZ-HK High Speed Station
Update: 2018-08-23     Source: newsgd.com

Hong Kong West Kowloon station. (Photo by Southcn.com)

As the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area continues to develop, Shenzhen and Hong Kong are establishing closer links.

In late September, the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Line will open. 28 ticket counters in the West Kowloon terminal in Hong Kong will accept WeChat and Alipay, according to the spokesperson for the Hong Kong Railway Group. Ticket machines are not yet providing this service, however.

The spacious West Kowloon Station features clear multilingual signage, guiding passengers onto the high speed train, which cuts travel time from Guangzhou South Railway Station to West Kowloon Station from the current 100 minutes to a mere 48 minutes. The time traveling to Hong Kong from Futian Station in Shenzhen will drop to 14 minutes.

At opening, a total of 114 services will run daily between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, among which 84 will stop at Futian Station and Shenzhen North Station, and 30 at Humen Station and Guangzhou South Station. A train will be available every 15 to 30 minutes.

Moreover, West Kowloon station will connect to 14 cities in mainland China with 13 services every day, the destinations being: Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Guilin, Guiyang, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Fuzhou, Xiamen and Shantou.

To travel from West Kowloon Station to the mainland, passengers who enter the station at the ticket office on floor B1 can head down to B3 for the border crossing out of Hong Kong, before going down again to B4 to board the train. For mainland travelers to Hong Kong, they need to go through Mainland exit and Hong Kong entry procedures on B2 before exiting the station.

The Red line is the departure passenger flow and the blue line is the arrival passenger flow.[Graph by Newsgd]

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