What? – FZ-HK Rail
When? – September
How long? -Under 6 hours
How much? – 330 kuai
A completion ceremony of the 17-mile Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) was held at West Kowloon station in Hong Kong late in March. At the ceremony, Vibrant Express was announced as the brand name for Hong Kong – Shenzhen – Guangzhou high-speed services. Since then, test runs of Vibrant Express trains have been taking place between HK and SZ/GZ regularly. When the service enters official operation in September, high speed trains will run at 15-minute intervals between West Kowloon and Shenzhen North, with alternate trains continuing on to Guangzhou South. There will also be 33 high-speed services a day from Hong Kong (West Kowloon) to 14 major cities in mainland China, and Fuzhou will proudly be one of them (along with Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Guilin, Guiyang, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Xiamen and Shantou). Per the schedule announced, there will be 1 pair of direct trains running between Fuzhou and HK (West Kowloon) daily, and 3 pairs of trains between Xiamen and the termninal in HK in a day. The entire running time between Fuzhou and HK (West Kowloon) is most likely under 6 hours. Existing train schedules between Fuzhou and Shenzhen North (there are 25 existing D and G class high speed trains linking Fuzhou with Shenzhen North) will remain unchanged, which means passengers from FZ could actually hop on a train to connect with the XRL (Guangzhou-Shenzhen-HK XRL) at Shenzhen North all day long. The ticket price for 2nd Class seating from Fuzhou to HK will be approximately 330 RMB.
The ceremony also marks the end of the 7-year-long, $10.7 billion construction project of West Kowloon station, as reported by The Hong Kong Free Press. One of the biggest attractions of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) is that passengers are allowed to pass through customs for both mainland China and Hong Kong at one location – West Kowloon station. Departure/Arrival clearance will happen on the same floor of West Kowloon Station, connecting a China Port Area with a HK Port Area.