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Guangzhou plans 600km/h trains

Guangzhou’s development plan until 2035, which was released on Friday and covered in our newsletter, is still being dissected for interesting tidbits. One that has come up is the capital city’s plans for hi-speed railways of the future. They include building a second line between the region’s three mega-cities, powered by maglev technology that would have trains running at 600km/h.

The new line is being planned and will open in 2030. It would allow passengers to travel between Shenzhen Baoan International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in only 20 minutes, and would run southward through Qianhai to Hong Kong’s East Lantau Development (assuming it is built by then).

The new high-speed railway will also connect key innovation clusters like the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City and Dongguan’s Songshan Lake, before passing through Guangzhou South, Guangzhou East, and Huangpu. It will extend northward as far as Yongzhou in Hunan province.

No mention was made of how or whether this line will extend out to the Hong Kong International Airport, supposedly the “dragon’s head” of the GBA’s aviation market.

Read more in Chinese.

Qianhai-HK mixup highlights GBA challenge

Hong Kong media blew this story out of proportion, but it is a good example of why the Greater Bay Area needs a Steering Committee ASAP: Qianhai, the special economic zone set up to boost integration work between Hong Kong and Guangdong, jumped the gun on plans to link up via railway – at a point in the far-distant future – with Hong Kong’s East Lantau Reclamation project. It was an easy and simple mistake to make, publicizing an idea that had not yet been formally communicated yet, but it elicited howls of indignation in political and media circles because the HKSAR’s development chief had not yet seen the memo from his counterparts across the border.