One mode of transport I like other than plane is rail. So far I have been on KLIA Ekspres in Malaysia, Airport Express/MTR in Hong Kong, Intercity train from Hong Kong to Guang Zhou, Metro in Guang Zhou, HSR/Metro in Taiwan, NEX/Subway in Tokyo, Heathrow Express/Tube in London, Virgin Trains from London to Manchester and Milan Metro. So far more of modern rails or high speed rail and enjoyed them.
So on this recent trip to Hong Kong, I decided to venture into China for 1st time. 2 cities were considered: Shen Zhen and Guang Zhou which are both accessible by train.
Accessible by MTR.
Accessible by Intercity train. (2 hours approximately.)
Bigger city than Shen Zhen.
Ex colleagues are there.
So eventually decided on Guang Zhou. Here are some pictures and description on my rail journeys in Hong Kong and Guang Zhou.
Airport Express ticket. Return journey and 3 days of unlimited travel on MTR at HK$300. (HK$250 after HK$50 refund by returning ticket. HK$350 now for ticket after price adjustment. See this for more information.)
Airport Express platform directly accessible from Hong Kong International Airport concourse.
Airport Express luggage area.
Airport Express station Information.
Airport Express power socket. Good to see USB ports there.
Intercity Through Train to Guang Zhou at Hung Hom station. (Where stadium is.)
Intercity Through Train First Class tickets. Well, there is only First Class on this ride. HK$219 each way inclusive of booking fee. See this for more information.
Intercity Through Train Departure Hall Entrance.
Intercity Through Train Duty Free.
Intercity Through Train. Nice touch to have board to bridge gap between train and platform.
Intercity Through Train Cabin.
Intercity Through Train footrest and tray table.
Intercity Through Train magazines and tray table.
Intercity Through Train tray table set.
Intercity Through Train power socket.
Intercity Through Train Menu. Payment can be made by HK$ or RMB. Slightly cheaper in RMB.
Intercity Through Train Fried Ham Sandwich with Coffee.
Intercity Through Train Fried Ham Sandwich. Egg just the way I like.
On Intercity Through Train.
Guang Zhou East Station. Interchange for different type of trains including Guang Zhou Metro.
Since I have been to Hong Kong a few times, so I thought why not do something different this time. Time to venture up north: China! After thinking about options, went with GuangZhou instead of Shenzhen as it is a bigger city.
After doing some research, I went ahead and booked transport. Booking is done on MTR’s website for their Intercity Through Train service. I am making this a day trip so I booked the earliest train and a train for return in late afternoon/evening. Journey will be 2 hours per trip and there is only 1 cabin class: First Class. Ticket is priced at HK$219 per trip inclusive of HK$9 handling fee. (Approximately SG$40.) Shall do a review on this next week.
Update (1st February 2016): Price increased to HK$350. (SG$66.36)
Whenever visiting Hong Kong, will always travel by MTR. After all, even our government is looking up to them for their service quality and standards. It is also very comfortable and convenient. So I make a booking online for Airport Express Travel Pass – 2 Airport Express Rides for HK$300. (SG$56.88)
Airport Express Travel Pass
What this provides is 2 rides on Airport Express (Excluding travel between Airport and AsiaWorld-Expo stations.), 3 days of unlimited rides on MTR (Except additional travel on Airport Express, East Rail Line First Class, and travel to/from Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau stations.), Light Rail and MTR Bus. (Northwest New Territories.)
It is quite economical as return ticket on Airport Express can cost up to HK$180. (SG$34.13) At end of your stay in Hong Kong, you can refund ticket for HK$50. (SG$9.48) So that works out to HK$250. (SG$47.40) HK$70 (SG$13.27) for 3 days of unlimited rides is good.
They also run complimentary shuttle bus service to many hotels. (Including Dorsett Mongkok that I am staying at.) Check out here.