Dotting the lions' eyes at the Shatin to Central Link groundbreaking.

CHINA: A groundbreaking ceremony and lion dance officially launched construction of Hong Kong's HK$65bn Shatin to Central Link on June 22.

The Hong Kong government's Chief Secretary for Administration Stephen Lam Sui-lung officiated at the ceremony, saying SCL would 'enhance the entire railway network by linking up several existing railway lines'. Six of the 10 SCL stations will be interchanges.

SCL consists of two separate sections of new line. The 11 km Tai Wai - Hung Hom portion is scheduled for completion in 2018, connecting West Rail with MTR's Ma On Shan line.

The 6 km second phase from Hung Hom to Admiralty is to be completed in 2020, with East Rail services being extended under the harbour to Hong Kong Island.