The Kowloon-Canton railway line has provided a link between Hongkong and the People's Republic of China for the past 60 years.
The Kowloon-Canton railway line has provided a link between Hongkong and the People's Republic of China for the past 60 years. It's probable that President Nixon, when he visits China during the next few months, will be flown direct to Peking, however Western diplomats, businessmen and sportsmen usually enter China along this line. During 1970 an estimated 788,000 Chinese people used the railway to visit relatives, but prior to the 1949 Revolution four expresses a day headed inland from Hongkong for the southern Chinese city of Canton. Today the diesel trains leaving Hongkong travel only 22 miles to the inland border with China, and passengers are required to change trains, after walking across a covered bridge. Once the railway extended from Canton to Pekina, Moscow, and even Paris. Although today the journey is a mould shorter one, waiting trains across the Chinese border still provide an important transport link.
SYNOPSIS: During 1970, an estimated seven-hundred and eighty-eight thousand people passed through this railway terminus, on their way to the People's Republic of China. For sixty-years, the Kowloon to Canton railway has provided a major link between Hongkong and China.
Although most of the people using the rail line are Chinese going to visit relatives; diplomats, businessmen, and sportsmen also frequently make use of the rail link. The normal complement of diesel and six passengers cars travels the twenty-two mile journey to the border in fifty minutes.
Before the revolution in 1949, four expresses a day headed inland to the southern Chinese city of Canton. But now the diesel trains go only as far as Lowu, on the border. Passengers are treated to a preview of what they might expect to see in China, soon after leaving Kowloon.
Passengers can ride in luxurious first-class compartments, as they view the beautiful countryside of the British colony. Not all of them make the entire journey--some stop off at golf courses and some of Hongkong's more remote yachting harbours.
To get into China passengers have to leave their train at Lowu bridge and walk across the border. On the other side, another train is waiting to take them to Canton--and from there to Shanghai and Peking. Theoretically it is still possible today to travel by rail all the way to Moscow and Paris, starting with this rail link.
At the Lowu border post, a small stream separates the British colony from China.
Passengers continuing into China pass over a small covered bridge, to a waiting train on the other side. There they are greeted by loudspeakers playing revolutionary music and posters and slogans of Chairman Mao Tse-tung. Canton is four hours away.