Hong Kong is the known as the gateway city to the world, and yes indeed. Through Hong Kong, you can take the ferry to Macau, Shenzhen or Zhuhai in China. There are also bus options, train options and helicopter options as well. This time, we’re going to Guangzhou to see the world famous Canton Tower.
Getting to Guangzhou
Guangzhou is in the Guangdong region of China. It is slightly further from Shenzhen, however it is still easily accessible. There are 2 options that bring you directly to Guangzhou from Hong Kong itself: bus or train. For indirect options, you can make your way to China from Hong Kong via the ferry, bus or train, then take the intercity bus or train in China.
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Train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, China
The train is the most convenient method because it takes you directly from Hong Kong to China. You will cross the Hong Kong immigration in Hung Hom Station and China immigration in Guangzhou (East) Train Station.
How to Get to the Train Station
The train station is located in Hung Hom Station. Once you arrive in Hung Hom Station, leave at Exit A2. Walk up the stairs and turn around when you reach the top. You will see a huge mall like building. That is where the inter-country train is located. Walk towards the building and enter it.
Hong Kong Immigration
I can’t take any pictures of the immigration. But you enter this departure area, allow them to scan your bags then walk towards the immigration. Simple.
After passing the immigration, you will see this Boarding sign. That’s the waiting area. You can purchase food there like bread or chocolates and duty free shop. Then simply wait. There is Wifi hotspots there too.
Boarding The Train
When it’s time, go down the escalators to the cabin. You don’t have to worry about the time because everyone will literally rush to the escalators. There are 2 escalators, depending on your cabin. Get the right one, else you will walk a lot.
These are the train timings that run from Hong Kong to Guangzhou daily. Some trains have a stop at Dongguan Station. There are basically 2 types of trains that runs between the countries, operated by Hong Kong or China. Ktt is the train operated by Hong Kong and has free Wifi in some parts with Hong Kong power points. The one by China, 25T, does not have Wifi and uses China power point. Schedule from ChinaTravelGuide
Getting Your Train Ticket
2 methods: online of offline.
Online would be the easiest, as you log on to the website and purchase your tickets on the spot. The prices are the same as purchasing at the station itself, but you can secure a spot during peak periods. Do also note that purchasing your tickets online will incur a small processing administration fee, making the total prices slightly more expensive.
Offline would be purchasing it directly at the train station, China Travel Service or at official offices. The prices are all the same.
This is the official Train Office at Hung Hom Station with the train timings on the board. You can also buy your tickets at China Travel Service Office just 50 metres from this office. (I did this.)
There’s only 2 pricing available, depending on your destination.
Guangzhou (East): HK$190.00
Prices are one-way.
Reading Your Train Ticket
I feel extremely silly because I have no idea how this train ticket works. Luckily for you, I’ll teach you to read it from all the silly mistakes I’ve made.
This is what your tickets look like. The important things to note: Time, Coach and Seat Number.
Time: 0924. So they generally allow you to enter the train 5-8 minutes before the departure time.
Coach: 10. The coach number is important because there are a total of 10 coaches on the train and you have to be in your specific seat. I thought it was free seating, so I walked to the coach with less people at that point of time. Guess that coach? It’s Coach 1. So after walking to 1 end of the train, I had to walk all the way back to the other extreme end.
Seat: 59. I still thought that it was free seating within the cabin. I sat in a random seat by the window then wondered with people are sitting in weird pairs. So I asked the Chinese lady beside me and she explained it all to me. Thankfully there wasn’t anyone assigned to my seat, so here I am, typing this article as I sat in my unofficial seat on the train.
Your Seat in the Cabin
They call this train “Soft Seat”, which means that the seats are with cushion. There’s quite ample leg space (speaking as a 1.66m Asian lady), with charging point and tray table. There’s also “snacks” provided and food trolley. Depending on the train you take, the snacks are different. The Hong Kong operated one (Ktt) has better snacks and the China operated one has 1 bottle of Tibetan spring water.
The train ride is 2 hours and brings you to Guangdong (East) station. Hope you have fun on your train ride and that you’d meet lots of fun people. The train is currently crossing the railway borders to China now!
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