In this file photo dated Jun 12, 2021, tourists wait to take a ferry at the Central Ferry Pier, in south China's Hong Kong. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

New ferry routes are expected to open between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, in April. The Pazhou Ferry Terminal in Pazhou, Haizhu district of Guangzhou, will connect with Hong Kong International Airport and Tsim Sha Tsui, and the traveling time will be about two hours with an annual capacity of 1.71 million passengers.

Passengers who plan to fly out of Hong Kong International Airport can check in and hand over their baggage at the terminal in Pazhou. The terminal can also handle customs clearance so that travelers can board their planes directly upon arrival at the HKIA.

Chen Hua, general manager of the Pazhou Ferry Terminal, said they will gradually increase round trips to a dozen every day and open new routes between Pazhou and Macao International Airport.

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One-way tickets are priced at 320 yuan ($46.35) and passengers can also receive HK$120 ($15.28) tax reimbursement on departure.

The new service will facilitate international visitors to participate in the China Import and Export Fair Complex, a trade event widely known as the Canton Fair and which will begin on April 15 this year, as the terminal is right next to the venue of the fair.

The terminal features a three-story building, including a duty-free store and restaurants, and five 500-GT berths along a 280-meter-long shoreline.