China has commissioned a high-speed railway Guangzhou-Hong Kong

© RIA Novosti / Jeanne Monokaryotic high-speed trains in China. Archival photoChina has commissioned a high-speed railway Guangzhou-Hong Kong© RIA Novosti / Zhanna Manukyan

High-speed railway Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Sunday fully up and running, said in a statement on the website of the government of the special administrative region of Hong Kong.

The official opening ceremony of the Hong Kong footage took place on Saturday and first train at number G5736 went from the station «West Kowloon» in the direction of the North railway station of Shenzhen city in China’s Guangdong province on Sunday at 7.00 am local time (2.00 GMT), and in 7.19 (2.19 MSK) has arrived at the destination. Almost simultaneously, 6.44 (1.44 MSK) to meet him left the train G5711 from Shenzhen. On a trip to Hong Kong to Guangzhou now takes only 47 minutes.

The idea to combine high-speed railway in Hong Kong, the two most developed metropolis of southern China occurred in 2008. The construction of the Hong Kong section of the length of 26 kilometers, started in 2010, but was delayed because of the protests of the opposition and lack of funding. The section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen put into operation in 2011.

Thanks to the opening of the new railway section of Hong Kong has direct rail service with 44 stations in mainland China. For example, the trip from Beijing to Hong Kong, which are located at a distance of nearly 2 thousand kilometers from each other, now only takes 8 hours 58 minutes. Ticket price in economy class is approximately 1 thousand yuan (about 150 dollars).

At the same time, as reported by the Consulate General of Russia in Hong Kong, «for the convenience of passengers, the border and customs control of Hong Kong and mainland China, located in the railway terminal, Hong Kong in this regard, the station is divided into two areas: «the Port of Hong Kong» and «Port of mainland China».

Russian diplomatic mission noted that «it will affect the order of rendering consular assistance, consular assistance if you will need the Russian citizen who is in «Port of Hong Kong», shall be reported to the Consulate General of Russia in Hong Kong, if the passenger will be in the «Port of mainland China» in Consulate General of Russia in Guangzhou».