There are 5 different distance groups for the “East Rail Line Cross Harbour Virtual Run”, including:46KM, 23KM, 18KM, 10KM and 5KM. Participants can decide your own route and complete the target distance specified by each group. Participants can also choose to complete the target journey in a single session or separately according to your own consideration.
Participants can also refer to the following suggested reference routes for different journeys. The starting and ending areas are near to the East Rail Line and MTR station, which is relatively convenient.
|1) Sheung Shui Station to Admiralty Station*||approx.46KM**|
|2) Sheung Shui Station to Sha Tin Station||approx.26KM|
|3) Sha Tin Station to Admiralty Station*||approx.20KM**|
|4) Sheung Shui Station to Tai Wo Station||approx.10KM|
|5) Kowloon Tong Station to Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier||approx.7KM||6) Fortress Hill Station to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park||approx.8KM|
|7) University Station to Sha Tin Station||approx.5KM|
|8) Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to Admiralty Station||approx.5KM**|
*For your own safety, participants are suggested to avoid going to the trail section alone, and recommend finishing the trail before sunset.
**NOT Including the train ride on East Rail Line cross harbor extension, from Hung Hom Station to Exhibition Centre Station, participants are suggested to stop your running records during the train ride to ensure the accuracy of the running data.
East Rail Line Stations Check In Poster
Sheung Shui Station
Station Concourse Exit A (Unpaid Area)
Station Concourse Exit A (Unpaid Area)
Tai Wai Station
Station Concourse Exit A (Unpaid Area)
Exhibition Centre Station
Outside of Exit B1
Railway Signs of Times
The East Rail Line (EAL) has served the people of Hong Kong for over 100 years, during which it has undergone various changes to provide better railway services and better passenger experience. The "East Rail Line Cross Harbour Virtual Run" not only allows participants to run along the route of the century-old railway, but also aims to allow participants to savour the long history of the EAL and travel between the past and present eras of the railway. Here are 15 Railway Signs of Times, let’s run from the past to the future, cross the harbour with the EAL and witness the transformation of the railway.
Spot 1: “The oldest station” - Hung Ling Station
Location: Remains of Hung Ling Station of the former Sha Tau Kok Branch
(About 50 minutes’ walk and approximately 4.1km from Fanling Station)
Hung Ling Station located in the lower section of the Sha Tau Kok Highway near Ma Mei Ha in Fanling was constructed in 1911 and opened in 1912 as one of the stops on the Fanling - Sha Tau Kok branch. It was suspended in 1928. This is the only remaining building from the Sha Tau Kok branch and it was declared a Grade III historical building in 2010.
Spot 2: “Station of Life and Death” - Wo Hop Shek Station
Location: Chinese-Style Pavilion of Remembrance
(About 15 minutes and approximately 1.4km from Fanling Station)
A Chinese-style pavilion of remembrance located near the office of the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery in Fanling. The site was formerly Wo Hop Shek Station on the Fanling - Wo Hop Shek branch of the East Rail Line. The Wo Hop Shek branch was operated from 1950 to 1983. Initially, it was mainly used for daily transportation of remains. Later, it only served during the Ching Ming Festival and Chung Yeung Festival to pick up citizens who were going to the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery to visit graves.
Spot 3: “Station inside a museum” - old Tai Po Market Station
Location: Hong Kong Railway Museum
(About 10 minutes’ walk and approximately 750m from Tai Wo Station)
Situated in the Tai Po Market town centre, the Hong Kong Railway Museum is converted from the old Tai Po Market Railway Station. Erected in 1913, the station building features the pitched roof of a traditional Chinese building. It was declared a monument in 1984. The Museum includes the historic station building and other old railway facilities. It also showcases a narrow gauge steam locomotive, a Diesel Electric Engine and historical coaches. In addition, artefacts, train models and historical photos are also displayed in the exhibition gallery.
Spot 4: "Station connecting sea and land” - Tai Po Kau Station
Location: Tai Po Railway Pier
(About 20 minutes’ walk and approximately 2km from Tai Po Market Station)
The Tai Po Railway Pier is situated next to the former Tai Po Kau Station (near Trackside Villas) in Tai Po District. In the old days, passengers could interchange between the railway and a kaito at this pier to go to other places or outlying islands around Mirs Bay.
Spot 5: “Century-old railway bridge”
Location: Centennial Railway Bridge
(About 3 minutes’ walk and approximately 300m from University Station)
Situated near the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Shatin alongside University Station, this is the only centennial railway bridge in Hong Kong that still has daily train traffic. It retains the design of the domed stone bridge from the time when the East Rail Line was commissioned in 1910. According to the numbers for highway structure from the Highways Department, the number of the bridge is UB17, thus it is also called "Bridge No. 17". Although the steam trains which once ran over the bridge have long since been replaced by electrified trains, this stone arch bridge is definitely a living witness to the century-old history of the East Rail Line.
Spot 6: “Station full of hipsters” - University Station
Location: University Station
The university station was named Ma Liu Shui Station. In 1956, the East Rail Line established a new Ma Liu Shui Station for Chung Chi College, which had just moved into the Ma Liu Shui area. Later, with the gradual completion of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the homophony of "Ma Liu Shui” in Cantonese sounded indecent, Ma Liu Shui Station was renamed as University Station in 1967.
Spot 7: “Clinic for trains” - MTR Ho Tung Lau Depot
Location: MTR Ho Tung Lau Depot
(About 1 minute’s walk and approximately 50m from Fo Tan Station)
Located in Fo Tan of Shatin District, the MTR Ho Tung Lau Depot between Fo Tan and Racecourse Stations on the East Rail Line is now the main depot for maintenance works to be carried out on the East Rail Line trains as well as the testing of new trains upon arrival to Hong Kong. The original site used to be the cottage "Ho Tung Lau", and it was rebuilt as a depot in the 1970s as part of the city’s transformation.
Spot 8: “Witness to the electrification” - Sha Tin Station
Location: Exit B of Sha Tin Station
Shatin Station was a first-generation station when the East Rail Line first commenced service in 1910. In 1980s, the East Rail Line was officially electrified and Sha Tin Station was rebuilt accordingly. The station connects to multiple housing estates nearby, making it a hub for Sha Tin residents to travel and go shopping. On 6 May 1982, the then Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, Sir Charles Philip Haddon-Cave, presided over the opening of the stage 1 electrified Inner Suburban Service of East Rail Line. A plaque marking the occasion is now exhibited at Exit B of Sha Tin Station.
Spot 9: “Wooden Station” - Tai Wai Station
Location: Tai Wai Station
In the 1980s, owing to the electrification of trains on the East Rail Line, it was expected the number of passengers in Sha Tin would increase significantly. Hence planning began for a new station in Tai Wai to divert the passenger flow in the district. In 1983, Tai Wai Temporaray Station was opened to provide railway service to residents of Sha Tin New Town before the construction of the permanent station was completed. Due to the temporary nature of the station, the platform was made of wood and could only accommodate 6-car or 9-car electrified trains so it was often called the "wooden station". In 1986, the permanent Tai Wai Station was completed and the temporary station next to it was closed.
Spot 10: "Station with Multiple Identities" Mong Kok East Station
Location: Mong Kok East Station
Mong Kok East Station was originally called Yau Ma Tei Station when the East Rail Line was first commenced in service in 1910. It is one of stations still currently providing rail services since 1910. However, the Station is far from the actual location of Yau Ma Tei and. Hence the name of the Station was changed to Mong Kok Station. In 2007, to avoid confusion with the Mong Kok Station in Tsuen Wan Line and Kwun Tong Line, it was further changed to Mong Kok East Station.
Location: Mong Kok East Station Platform 2 (end of the platform area, near the 11-car position)
This represents the measurement of distance on the East Rail Line and is used to calculate the number of kilometres between a station and Hung Hom Station. The number "2" on top and the number "5" at the bottom represents the distance from this milestone to Hung Hom Station is 2.5 kilometres.
Spot 11: "Trail of Myths" The Urban Council Centenary Garden
Location: The Urban Council Centenary Garden
(About 8 minutes’ walk and approximately 600m from Hung Hom Station)
The Urban Council Centenary Garden is located in East Tsim Sha Tsui. The original site was part of the Chatham Road Camp and also included as a section of the railway track connecting Ho Man Tin and the old Kowloon Station. In 1975, the terminus of the East Rail Line was moved to Hung Hom and the section of railway track was removed and rebuilt as a garden. In 1984, on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Urban Council, the garden was named the Urban Council Centenary Garden and officially opened. There is a long fountain in the garden and six Greek-style stone pillars next to it, which used to part of the old Kowloon Station building.
Spot 12: "Landmark of Time" Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower
Location: Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower
(About 25 minutes’ walk and approximately 2km from Hung Hom Station)
The Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower was part of the old Kowloon Station and is now a famous landmark on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. With the relocation of the railway terminus to Hung Hom in 1975, the old Kowloon Station was demolished in 1978 but the clock tower was retained at the original site. It symbolises the early history of Hong Kong’s railway and was declared a Statutory Monument in 1990.
Spot 13: "The Border of Kowloon" Hung Hom Station
Location: Hung Hom Station
Hung Hom Station has a convenient location and is now an interchange station for the East Rail Line and Tuen Ma Line. It is also the terminus of the Intercity Through Train between Hong Kong and the Mainland. Hung Hom Station was opened on 30 November 1975 and replaced the old Kowloon Station in Tsim Sha Tsui, becoming the new terminus of the East Rail Line. At the time, it was still called Kowloon Station. Later, amid planning for a possible Tsim Sha Tsui Spur Line to extend the East Rail Line’s terminus to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, the station was renamed as Hung Hom Station.
Spot 14: "Strategic Station" Exhibition Centre Station
Location: Exhibition Centre Station
Adjacent to the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Exhibition Centre Station is an important station for the East Rail Line Cross-Harbour Extension. It will become an integral part of the Wan Chai North business area and bring railway service into the commercial hub. Together with the Public Transport Interchange connected to the station, the station enhances the transportation network to foster further development of the commercial, convention & exhibition and tourism industries. During construction in 2018, three bombs dropped by the U.S. Air Force during World War II were discovered during the ongoing works and were safely removed or detonated. After the opening of Exhibition Centre Station, a remaining part of one of the bombs will be displayed for passengers to learn more about the history of Wan Chai.
Spot 15: "Super Station" Admiralty Station
Location: Admiralty Station
Admiralty Station was opened on 12 February 1980 and has always played a role as an important interchange station. After the commencement of the East Rail Line Cross-Harbour Extension, Admiralty Station will become the new terminus of the East Rail Line and a junction for the Tsuen Wan Line, Island Line, South Island Line and East Rail Line, becoming the only mega interchange station in the MTR network with four-line interchange.
The "Most" of Admiralty Station:
Most platforms: 8
Most trains types passing by: 8-car, 3-car, 9-car
Most underground levels: 6 levels underground
To facilitate the service commencement of the EAL cross-harbour extension, new 9-car trains have already come into full operation to provide a better passenger experience. Here are 4 Photo-worthy Spots to get a closer look at the new trains and the modern railway system.
Spot 1: Fanling Station Kai Leng footbridge
Location: Kai Leng footbridge
(About 10 minutes’ walk and approximately 800m from Fanling Station)
Located next to Ka Shing Court, Kai Leng footbridge crosses Fanling Highway, San Wan Road and the East Rail Line. You can feel the trains passing under your feet!
Spot 2: Sha Tin Station Wai Wah Centre footbridge
Location: Wai Wah Centre footbridge
(About 5 minutes’ walk and approximately 500m from Sha Tin Station)
From Exit A3 at Sha Tin Station, take the right side road at the Citylink Plaza interchange, pass through New Town Plaza and Wai Wah Centre. Standing on the footbridge, you can clearly see the East Rail Line trains heading north and south.
Spot 3: Kowloon Tong Festival Walk footbridge
Location: Festival Walk footbridge
(About 2 minutes’ walk and approximately 100m from Kowloon Tong Station)
From this footbridge located at Festival Walk, you can get a glimpse of East Rail Line trains entering and leaving the platforms at Kowloon Tong Station.
Spot 4: Mong Kok East Station Exit D Prince Edward Road West
Location: Prince Edward Road West
(About 5 minutes’ walk and approximately 600m from Mong Kok East Station)
From Prince Edward Road West, the public can closely witness East Rail Line trains.