The third high-speed train for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) arrived in Hong Kong on July 6 and, so far, the reception has been warm, with the Southern Metropolis Daily glowingly reporting that “it runs like a flying dragon.”
The three trains were open to visitors on July 9 to showcase their interior design and numerous amenities. Though it's still unclear when the XLR will officially begin servicing passengers, testing will commence in the second half of this year.
Passengers will be able to access Wi-Fi onboard the eight-compartment trains and power sockets are available at all 579 seats, which can rotate 180 degrees to allow for “more comfortable conversations” among passengers.
The trains' design also takes wheelchair users into consideration, with a capacious washroom and two dedicated spaces for the physically disabled.
The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong XRL runs from Guangzhou to Hong Kong in 48 minutes, stopping by Qingshen (Guangzhou), Humen (Dongguan), Guangmingcheng (Shenzhen), Shenzhen North and Futian. It takes only 14 minutes to travel from Shenzhen to Hong Kong.
As part of the Beijing-Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong XRL, Beijing passengers can now travel to Hong Kong in 9 hours.
[Images via Southern Metropolis Daily]