You can now take a bullet train from Hong Kong to China
While it looks like we won't be seeing the fruition of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project anytime soon, it's a different matter somewhere in East Asia. Hong Kong recently launched the HK-China high-speed rail link despite much controversy and fears that this could lead to potentially more encroachment by Beijing in Hong Kong's affairs.
The 26-km Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-Speed Rail stretches from the island to nine neighbouring cities in Guangdong Province, specifically 44 destinations in Mainland China. To give an idea of how much faster and convenient the service would be for locals and travellers alike, imagine arriving in Guangzhou from Hong Kong in merely 48 minutes as compared to the traditional two hours.
The Hong Kong section of the bullet train network runs from West Kowloon Station, one of the world's largest underground high-speed railway stations and the country's new must-see landmark for its architecture. It has already picked up several international design awards, including one at the World Architecture Festival Awards.
Tickets for the High-Speed Rail network are available online, from ticket agents, and through a tele-ticketing hotline. For more info, visit their website.