Express Rail Link between Hong Kong and China Now Open!

Exciting News for Rail Travellers!

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, a high-speed train service between Hong Kong and mainland China, has finally opened. After eight years of engineering, the line opened on Sunday 23 September 2018!

Travelling at more than 300 km an hour, the trains provide an alternative to air travel, for commuters between Hong Kong and some of China’s main cities. The new service connects Hong Kong to the China high speed railway network, with direct trains to 44 stations in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Guilin, Guiyang, Wuhan and  Hangzhou, amongst others. The service also operates between Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, via a 25,000 km railway line, with the journey time between Hong Kong and Guangzhou being just 48 minutes!

Enabling travellers to easily journey to and from Hong Kong, without having to wait around in airports, this is certainly the way forward for a fast and more environmentally-friendly way to travel.

 

A Sri Lankan Adventure

In late June 2018, we set off to the vibrant island of Sri Lanka, where we encountered some of the warmest people and richest culture we’d come across. Though quite varied in climate across the island, the weather there was definitely marked by the long hours of sunshine and calming sea breeze. When combined with its fresh and appetising cuisine, it definitely made for a very warm welcome! Perhaps the main takeaway from this stunning nation was its diversity; in people, in the landscape, in food and in its history.

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What to read this week

If you haven’t had the opportunity to read the Travel sections from the last week’s newspapers, our regular weekly feature shares some links to what you may have missed. Covering China, Japan, Indochina and general travel related articles, there’s something for everyone.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Chinese New Year 2018

Year of Dog (2018)

With Chinese New Year on 16th February, all of us in the office are getting really excited. Each year in the Chinese Zodiac is associated with an animal. This year will be the year of the Dog. It is traditionally celebrated for 16 days, from the Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival, which is on 2nd March this year. In China, celebration, custom and traditions are very different.

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Tea Horse Road - Dali

My journey on the Tea Horse Road (Yunnan branch) part 1

We spent eight days in Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Zhongdian (Shangri-la) exploring part of the Tea Horse Road in Yunnan. The Tea Horse Road is an ancient trading route starting in Yunnan province in the southwest of China, through the mountains to Lhasa in Tibet and beyond. In ancient times, traders trekked by foot and on horseback and took the coveted pu-er tea of Yunnan into Tibet to exchange for hardy, short-legged ponies and war horses, needed for their armies to protect its northern frontier and their trading caravans.

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