Hong Kong, Beijing, And Shanghai Now Connected Through New High-Speed Sleeper Train Servic...

A new high-speed sleeper train service is available in China for passengers looking to go from Hong Kong to Beijing or Shanghai. The new travel option officially began on June 15th.

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A new high-speed train service is adding a new option for travelers in China to go from Hong Kong to Beijing or Shanghai. The service itself began on June 15th, and involves two overnight routes that take around 11 to 12.5 hours, according to reports.

The two trains depart from Hong Kong’s Kowloon Station in the evening, and arrive in Shanghai at 6:45 a.m. and Beijing at 6:53 a.m., with return trips departing from Beijing and Shanghai around 8 p.m. to arrive back in Hong Kong around 8:47 a.m. and 7:29 a.m. The routes themselves run four different days a week, departing from all three stations from Friday to Monday. 

John Lee, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said in a press statement that this new connection between China’s famous cities, and expressed his excitement over the new convenience.

“It will be more comfortable and faster, reducing the travel time by about half, and will cover a wider range of destinations, including popular tourist attraction cities.”

The Beijing-Kowloon and Shanghai-Kowloon intercity railway services initially launched in 1997. The trip from Hong Kong to Beijing took about 24 hours while the one to Shanghai was around 19 hours at that time. 

Those train services were suspended in 2020 during the pandemic, and have now been replaced by the high-speed railways options which launched this month. The new railways are much quicker than their predecessors, however, the trips are still slightly longer than the daytime bullet trains that have been in service connecting Hong Kong to Beijing and Shanghai. 

The bullet trains have one daily ride to Beijing that takes about 8.5 hours, and one to Shanghai that takes about 7.5 hours, according to CNN. While the sleeper trains may be a slightly longer journey, they’re perfect for business commuters who need to be well-rested and arrive in their respective cities for a full work day. 

According to Maggie Wong, a travel writer for CNN, each of the electric trains have 16 carriages with 13 sleeper cars, two second-class seating cars, as well as one dining car. 

Wong wrote that there are three seating options for travelers to choose from: Second class which doesn’t include a bed, sleeper, and deluxe sleeper.

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A standard sleeper class cabin consists of two bunk beds, sleeping four passengers, in a cabin. The deluxe version, only available on the Hong Kong-Shanghai route for now, features a bunk bed, wardrobe and sofa.”

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The trip from Hong Kong to Beijing costs about $120 – $193 (HKD937 to HKD1,506), and for Hong Kong to Shanghai it costs around $88 – $273 (HKD682 to HKD2,128). 

You can book your reserved tickets on China Railway’s official ticketing site, 12306.cn. For international travelers, passengers can book through general ticketing platforms such as trip.com, or buy their tickets at the station itself.

“Costing more than $10.7 billion to build, the Hong Kong section connects the city with China’s 25,000-kilometer national high-speed rail network. But the project, which marked the first time mainland Chinese laws were given jurisdiction inside Hong Kong territory, stirred much controversy, even well before its opening,” Wong wrote.

The Hong Kong train station also offers trips to 78 different destinations throughout China, carrying around 70,000 passengers every single day.