How to travel between Hong Kong and China by train
If you’re looking to extend your Hong Kong trip with a visit to China, the High Speed Rail is the fastest, cheapest and most efficient way to do it! These trains come fully equipped with WiFi, charging sockets and even washrooms. For those of us who dislike long car rides, this is the perfect option.
Destinations covered by the high speed rail and travel time
There are 2 types of high speed rail journeys from Hong Kong to China. The short haul train will take you from Hong Kong to Guangdong province whereas the long haul train will take you to Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Changsha, Kunming, and Hangzhou.
Getting Tickets for the High Speed Rail
Klook your high speed rail tickets and you won’t have to worry about not having a ticket for the train timing you’d like. Simply flash your mobile voucher at the redemption ticket along with your passport and you’re all set!
Be sure to check out the schedule for the short haul trains before booking your ticket as you will be asked to select the train departure time you’d like.
Child tickets are valid for children aged 0-18 with a height between 1.2-1.5m. Children measuring below 1.2m in height can travel for free provided they do not occupy a seat and are accompanied by an Adult ticket holder aged 18+. All Child ticket holders must be accompanied by an Adult ticket holder.
You will need to pick up your tickets at the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station where the train will depart. Do note that ticket collection cuts off 45 minutes before the train is scheduled to depart.
Getting to Hong Kong West Kowloon Station:
By subway: Take the MTR to Austin Station, go to Exit B1 then walk for about 4 minutes By Hong Kong Airport Express: Take the airport express to Kowloon Station then walk for 12 minutes
For Non Hong Kong and Macau Residents :
Once you’ve booked your tickets, you will need to head to the redemption counter to pick up the physical ticket. We’d suggest going at least 45 minutes to 1 hour before your stipulated departure time as ticket collection cuts off 45 minutes before train departure. You will also be required to clear immigration.
For Hong Kong and Macau residents with a Mainland Travel Permit or Chinese Resident Identity Card
Prepare your booking number as well as customized ticket collection password and head to the Ticket Machine in West Kowloon Station to redeem your tickets. You can also opt to redeem them at the ticketing counters.
Each travelling adult is limited to 20kg of luggage allowance while children are limited to 10kg. Furthermore, the combined length, height, and width of bags cannot exceed 130 cm (51 inches).
Upon redemption of tickets at the ticketing concourse at B1, you will then go through a set of gates for luggage checks. After which, head to the Departure Concourse on Level B3 to complete both the Hong Kong and Mainland clearance procedures in one go.
Real name policy
You will be required to input your full name as per your travel document (passport). In order to exchange for the ticket, your name must match the one on your passport. The passenger’s name (in whole or in part) and partial identification document number will be printed on the ticket.
Places to visit in Guangdong,China
1. Chimelong Safari Park Guangzhou
Visit the world’s largest wildlife theme park, the Chimelong Safari Park! There are over 20,000 animals spanning across over 500 species. Get up close and personal with these wildlife creatures in feeding opportunities around the park and even get to see newborn animals in the animal nursery!
Address: Yingbin Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 9:30am-6:00am | Saturday-Sunday: 9:30am-6:30pm
2. Sunflower Garden
You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a fairytale upon entering the Sunflower Garden in Guangzhou. Witness millions of sunflowers and other floral varieties like roses and lavenders. These flower fields not only provide a great backdrop to your photos but they’re an incredible sight to behold.
There are also opportunities for animal encounters where squirrels roam about searching for a treat or you might even be lucky enough to spot ducks racing across the pond.
Address: 15 Cong, Xinken, Nansha Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China Opening hours: Daily 9:00am-5:30pm
3. Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou
There’s no better way to end the day than with a cruise along the largest river in Guangzhou, the Pearl River! As night falls, watch as the city lights reflect on the surface of the water. You can even opt to have dinner on board while you cruise along the city skyline.
Address: Dashatou Wharf Ticket Office, No.466, Yanjiangdong Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou Time of departure: 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:20pm, 7:40pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, 9:20pm
Places to visit in Shanghai, China
4. Shanghai Disneyland
Number one on the must visit list is definitely Shanghai Disneyland! The newest of the Disney theme parks, get ready for a magic filled day ahead. Climb aboard Captain Jack Sparrows boat in search of Captain Davy Jones or step into the cyber-fi world of TRON in one of the world’s fastest indoor roller coaster.
Check out our Shanghai Disneyland guide for what else to expect as well as learn some tips and tricks to conquering the park!
Address: Shanghai Disneyland, 310 Huangzhao Rd, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Opening hours: Daily 9:00am-8:00pm
5. Oriental Pearl TV Tower
If you’re looking for an aerial view of the city, why not head up to Asia’s tallest TV tower, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower! Arguably the most iconic building in Shanghai, head up to the 259 metre suspended transparent viewing corridor and admire the panoramic views of the city skyline.
Address: Oriental Pearl, 1 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai Opening hours: Daily 8am to 9.30pm
6. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Visit one of China’s most famous ancient towns Zhujiajiao! If you find this place familiar, it’s because it has been featured in countless movie and tv series. With unique bridges, bubbling streams and small rivers, this well preserved ancient town is a perfect escape from the city!
Address: Xijingjie (西井街), Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, Qingpu Qu, Shanghai Opening hours: Daily 8:30am-4:00pm
Places to visit in Beijing, China
7. Beijing Palace Museum ( The Forbidden City)
Dating all the way back to 1420, the Forbidden City is one of the most well preserved royal residences in the world! Discover the rich history behind this breathtaking palace and admire the huge array of collections of ancient Chinese artifacts. There are over 9000 rooms within the palace grounds so be sure to set aside sufficient time to see these grounds!
Address: No. 4 Jingshan Qianjie, Dongcheng District, Beijing City Opening hours: 1 Apr to 31 Oct, 8:30am-5:00pm | 1 Nov to 31 Mar, 8:30am-4:30pm
8. Mutianyu Great Wall and Cable Car
If you ask anyone what the most popular or iconic attraction in China is, the first one that comes to mind is of course The Great Wall! Check this off your bucket list with a visit to the Mutianyu Great Wall! Surrounded by beautiful rich greenery, this gate is less busy than the rest of the gates along the walls but still equally stunning.
With such great popularity, you will surely expect long queues for tickets. Be sure to Klook your tickets to skip the lines! Just flash your mobile voucher and head right in. If you’re not keen on hiking, you can even opt for the cable car ride for a relaxing way to enjoy the views.
9. The Grand View Garden (Daguanyuan)
Inspired by the Chinese masterpiece Dream of Red Mansions, the Grand View Garden is one of Beijing’s top attractions! Walk through this dreamlike compound with over 40 different scenic spots. Catch the many parades and performances inspired by events in the book or just stroll around the garden and get ready to snap many photos.
Address: Mu Tian Yu Lu, Huairou Qu, Beijing Opening hours: 16 Mar-15 Nov 8:00am-5:00 pm | 16 Nov-15 Mar 8:30am-4:30pm
10. Chaoyang Theatre Acrobatic Show
We all know the Chinese are famous for having some of the best acrobats in the world so you surely can’t miss out on an acrobatic show while you’re in Beijing! The Chaoyang Theatre Acrobatic Show has some of the most mind-blowing acts! Witness the graceful choreography filled with death defying stunts as the performers come out in their colorful costumes.
Address: No.36 North of Dongshanhuan Chaoyang District, Beijing Opening hours: 7:00pm-8:00pm