South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Hong Kong railfans flock to take first train of new cross-harbour rail” – below is their description.
Hong Kong’s fourth cross-harbour rail line, an expansion of the East Rail Line, opened on May 15, 2022. Hundreds of rail enthusiasts flocked to the new Exhibition Centre Station in the early morning to take the first train to travel from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon. The 16-station line connects the border with the Chinese mainland and northeastern New Territories with the central Kowloon and Hong Kong Island lines.
(Photo: SCMP / Sam Tsang)
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In This Story: Hong Kong
Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.