Hong Kong’s rail corporation MTR announced that it will provide overnight services on Chinese New Year’s Eve on February 9 on all of its heavy lines except for the Airport Express and Disneyland Resort Line. There will also be 1,850 additional trains during weekends and public holidays until February 18.

Since the Lo Wu Border Control Point will be open until 2am on February 9 and 11, the Lo Wu MTR Station will also extend its operating hours on these days. The last train heading north on the East Rail Line from Admiralty Station will depart at 12:56am and arrive at Lo Wu at 1:46am. The final train going south from Lo Wu will leave at 2:30am and reach Admiralty at 3:20am.

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However, Lok Ma Chau Station will maintain its usual operating hours, with the last train from Admiralty departing at 9:29pm. Passengers should note that only the East Rail Line will be open longer on February 11 (the second day of the Lunar New Year), and that all other local MTR lines will run according to their regular schedules.

On February 9, MTR trains on seven lines will also run more frequently between 3pm and 5pm before they begin their overnight services. Seven Light Rail routes — 505, 507, 610, 614P, 615P, 706, and 751 — will also operate throughout Lunar New Year’s Eve. MTR buses 506, K51, and K54 will extend their service hours on these days, running every 15-20 minutes between 11:15pm and 1:50am.

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This year, the border crossing at Shenzhen Port Bay will stay open for 24 hours during this month’s long weekend from February 9-13, 2024, for Chinese New Year. This move was a response to reports of Mainland tourists being stranded in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve when they came to the city to watch the fireworks show. Hong Kong will stage its first Lunar New Year fireworks display in five years on February 11, the second day of the Year of the Dragon.

For more information about the MTR schedules until February 18, click here.

Image credits: The HK HUB

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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