The direct train service between Hong Kong and the south China city of Canton has been restored after being suspended for thirty years.
GV & SV EXTERIOR Bystanders standing on overpass watching train arriving at Kowloon station (2 shots)
GV Canton train arriving at station (3 shots)
SV Hong Kong Governor Sir Murray MacLehose being greeted by Hong Kong officials (2 shots)
SV MacLehose and officials leaving platform
SV Passengers lining up at Immigration counter (6 shots
SV & CU Chinese locomotive surrounded by bystanders (3 shots)
Officials from China and Hong Kong are now holding talks on re-establishing a through cargo line between the two destinations.
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Background: The direct train service between Hong Kong and the south China city of Canton has been restored after being suspended for thirty years.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of bystanders watched the Chinese train pull into Hong Kong's Kowloon railway station on Wednesday (4 April). The journey from Canton to the British colony had lasted just two and a half hours. On board the train was Hong Kong Governor Sir Murray MacLehose, who was returning a twelve-day official visit to China.
Also on board the train were a delegation of Kwangtung Province officials and a group of Chinese reporters.
Sir Murray is the first Hong Kong Governor to visit China since the Communist take over. He described the inauguration of the direct express train service as symbolic of the improved relations between the colony and China. All seats for the once-daily train had been sold out for the first few weeks.
The first passengers to make the trip from Hong Kong began lining up at the temporary immigration and check-in counters hours before the train arrived from Canton. Previously, travellers from Hong Kong had to take a train to the border town of Lowu, walk across a bridge into Chinese territory, and then take another train to Canton. The whole process took up to five hours.
Apart from the one hundred and ninety kilometre (110-mile) rail link between Hong Kong and Canton, visitors from the colony can also travel to China by hovercraft and by plane.