The HSBC-sponsored train links the cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen

HSBC is sponsoring trains between the cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen in China’s fast-growing Pearl River Delta. The services carry commuters and connect businesses across one of the most dynamic regions in the country.

Peter Wong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, said: “The economic potential of the Pearl River Delta is significant. As China continues its economic transformation, the Pearl River Delta is once again reinventing itself by moving up the economic ladder to focus on advanced manufacturing, high-tech and service industries.

HSBC China and RMB Forum

More than 250 customers are expected to attend the HSBC China and RMB Forum in Hong Kong on 7 April 2016. The event, called Rising to the Challenge, Shaping a Different Future, is hosted by HSBC Group Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver and offers insight into the Chinese economy.

Attendees will hear presentations from senior industry figures and academics as well as the bank’s own executives and economists. Topics for debate include infrastructure, innovation and the growing international use of the Chinese currency, the RMB.

“This train sponsorship demonstrates our confidence in the economic prospects of the Pearl River Delta, as well as the whole of China. HSBC has built a strong foundation in the Pearl River Delta to capitalise on the business opportunities arising from the region and to help our customers realise their ambitions.”

Guangzhou and Shenzhen have a population of more than 10 million people each. The line between the two cities carries an estimated 60 million passengers a year. HSBC is sponsoring 11 of the 22 trains that run along the route.

Passengers in selected carriages will be able to watch stories on LED screens about some of the businesses driving growth in the region. The first train in the Pearl River Delta to carry HSBC branding makes its inaugural journey on 6 April 2016.