It will take just 45 minutes to travel between Guangzhou in Guangdong province, and Hong Kong when a high-speed railway service starts in 2017.
Chinese mainland and Taiwan are in communication on arrangements for a meeting between the two cross-Straits affairs chiefs, a mainland spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
A mainland spokesperson called on Taiwan's opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to uphold the "1992 consensus" and oppose "Taiwan independence" on Wednesday.
Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-Ying said on Tuesday that he had rejected a call for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government to take part in a televised debate on constitutional development.
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake jolted the sea off the east coast of Hualien, Taiwan at 6:13 pm Monday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
Residents from 11 more Chinese mainland cities can now visit Taiwan on individual tours, starting from April 15, authorities announced on Wednesday.
Taiwan's leadership and legislative elections will be held on Jan 16 next year, the island's election supervisory authority announced on Tuesday.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is calling for patience with the growing number of tourists coming from the Chinese mainland.
There is no need to worry that the central government will tighten its policies toward Hong Kong and the "one country, two systems" principle should not be changed at will, says Premier Li.
Taiwan compatriots are welcome to participate in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the anti-Japanese war victory on the Chinese mainland, says a spokesperson.
Forty-nine crew members on a Taiwan-registered fishing boat, including 11 from the Chinese mainland, have been unaccounted for since losing contact on Feb. 26 in south Pacific Ocean.
To strengthen ties between the Chinese mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, attention should be focused on legal cooperation and law education among youth, advisers of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said on Tuesday.