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Our Connectivity

Come and learn about Hong Kong's global connectivity and how this places Hong Kong at the hub of economic activity in East and Southeast Asia.

HKIA

Hong Kong is a major international and regional aviation hub. Hong Kong International Airport, one of the busiest in the world, is served by around 90 airlines providing passenger and freight services to about 150 destinations worldwide, including some 40 cities in the Mainland.

Annual passenger volume and air traffic movements reached 44.97 million and 279,429 in 2009. Air cargo volume in the same period was 3.35 million tonnes.

Since its commencement in July 1998, HKIA has been named the world’s best airport over 25 times by 10 entities. In 2009, HKIA was again recognized by the Airports Council International as the world's best airport serving over 40 million passengers annually.

Container Port

Trade and logistics are vital pillars of Hong Kong's economy.

In 2009, the Hong Kong container port handled 21.04 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) of containers, making it one of the world's busiest container ports. The nine container terminals at Kwai Chung - Tsing Yi are managed by five operators, covering an area of 279 hectares and providing 24 berths with a frontage of 7 694 metres. The water depth at Kwai Chung - Tsing Yi basin is 15.5 metres and total handling capacity of the terminals is over 19 million TEUs per year. During 2009, about 33,160 ocean-going vessels and 172,350 river trade vessels called at Hong Kong. These vessels handled 243 million tonnes of cargo and carried about 24 million passengers.

Shenzhen Bay Bridge

The Shenzhen Bay Bridge, also known as the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor, opened on 1 July 2007 to further boost inter-connectivity between Hong Kong and neighbouring Guangdong province.

Hong Kong is a key gateway to the Mainland for business and tourism.

In 2009 about 68 million trips were made by Hong Kong residents to the Mainland by land. Additionally, over four million foreign visitors made trips to the Mainland through Hong Kong. There were on average every day about 160 ferry trips, 200 flights, 540 train connections and 41,000 vehicle crossings between Hong Kong and the Mainland.

HK-Gdong railways

Railways form a vital part of Hong Kong's transport network and are essential to its continuous economic, social and land development. They account for about 35 per cent of daily public transport passenger travel and about 62 per cent of land based cross-boundary trips to the Mainland.

The Lo Wu land crossing handled an average of 238,900 rail passengers daily travelling to and from the Mainland. The Lok Ma Chau Spur Line – the second rail crossing to the Mainland – handled an average of about 66,000 passengers a day (including rail and local public transport) in 2009.

In addition, 12 pairs of through-trains operate daily between Kowloon and Guangdong cities. Through-train services to and from Beijing and Shanghai operate on alternate days.

The Hong Kong section of Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong Express Rail Link is one of the 10 major infrastructure projects announced in the Chief Executive's Policy Address in October 2007 and construction started in January 2010.

The project involves a terminus at West Kowloon and a dedicated underground railway tunnel from West Kowloon to the boundary at Huanggang where the railway will join the Mainland grid.

The rail line will provide fast, convenient and reliable services to and from Hong Kong and Guangzhou via Shenzhen. Passengers will be able to travel to Shenzhen in about 15 minutes and to Guangzhou in about 50 minutes – twice as fast as the current inter-city through train between Hong Kong and Guangzhou.