Passengers on high-speed train to Shenzhen face double security check as Xi may head south

Passengers traveling to Shenzhen by bullet train must pass two security checks as Chinese President Xi Jinping may pass through Shenzhen to attend the 25th anniversary activities of Hong Kong’s handover.

Xi was originally scheduled to attend the celebration in Hong Kong on June 30 and July 1, according to the Standard’s sister newspaper Sing Tao Daily. However, Xi can return to Shenzhen on the same day and will not spend the night in Hong Kong.

Shenzhen recently raised the security level to prepare for Xi’s visit. Fuzhou Railway Station in Fujian announced on Sunday that from June 26 to July 2, passengers traveling to Shenzhen from Fuzhou Railway Station and Fuzhou South Railway Station will undergo double security checks.

Before entering the station’s waiting hall, passengers and their luggage must first pass a security check. After that, they will be redirected to a designated security area to be checked with different security equipment and manual inspection.

Xiamen Railway Station announced that from June 26 at 8:00 a.m. to July 2 at 8:00 p.m., Xiamen Railway Station and Xiamen North Railway Station will conduct two security checks for passengers going to Shenzhen.

As the additional security check will take some time, passengers are advised to arrive at the station in advance to avoid any delays.

Separately, Hong Kong West Kowloon Station Green Plaza saw around 100 police on Monday morning, while numerous video cameras were seen installed on the tactical buses. There were also tents set up to stand guard.

It was understood that SAR government officials would gradually check into quarantine hotels from Monday.

The government also plans to hold a dinner at Government House on Thursday to welcome Xi, which will be attended by current and incoming officials.

Sha Tin Science Park saw crowd control barriers put up on Monday. Some restaurants said they received a notice to suspend operations on Thursday for unknown reasons. “We will close on June 30, but nothing specific on July 1, and we have been told to operate as usual on that day,” said a restaurateur.

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