Hong Kong dollar up about 0.2%, hits highest level since late Feb

23 Septembre, 2018, 22:09 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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In an effort to further strengthen Hong Kong's position as a gateway to Greater China, the city's Transport and Housing Bureau is getting ready to introduce the long-awaited - nearly a decade in the making - High Speed Rail system connecting Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Trains on the system will reach speeds of up to 350km per hour, meaning that a popular but distant city like Wuhan will be accessible from Hong Kong in just five hours, while the journey time to a major hub like Guangzhou will be reached in around 50 minutes.

"The connection by high speed rail will enable visitors to take advantage of luxury train holidays throughout China, using our city as the starting or finishing point for their holiday". Once completed, the station will be one of the largest underground high speed rail stations in the world, and features a pedestrian skywalk with views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline.

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Designed by Andrew Bromberg, it has received 19 global design accolades to date including winning the Future Infrastructure Projects award at the World Architecture Festival Awards 2010. It boasts a magnificent glass façade comprising 4,000 glass panels varying in size, shape and curvature.

Some 8,000 tonnes of steel have been used to support the glass walls of the station (approximately the weight of the Eiffel Tower) and 700 trees and shrubs have been planted to create an urban oasis.

The XRL is set to go into service on 23 September to connect Hong Kong West Kowloon Station with six stations in Guangzhou. AU$40) to Guangzhou South; and tickets to long-haul destinations, such as Beijing will start at HK$1,240 (approx.

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