This video shows Chinese soldiers at a railway station in Guangzhou, China

A video of Chinese soldiers walking through a railway station has been viewed thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts which claim that Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) are entering Hong Kong. The claim is misleading; the footage actually shows PLA soldiers walking through a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

The video was published here on July 26, 2019, where it has been viewed more than 11,000 times.

In the 10-second clip, a group of soldiers in camouflage uniform can be seen walking through a railway station.

The post’s Chinese language caption translates to English as: “Chinese People's Liberation Army has entered Hong Kong”.

Similar versions of the video and claim have circulated widely online, for example here and here in Chinese, and have also appeared around the region, for example this Indonesian-language Facebook post.

Below is a screenshot of the misleading Facebook post:

Screenshot of the misleading Facebook post

The misleading post appeared online two days after China said its army could be deployed in Hong Kong if city authorities requested support in maintaining "public order". Here is an AFP report on the issue.

The PLA has maintained a garrison in Hong Kong since the former British colony was returned to China in 1997.

In Hong Kong's Basic Law, a copy of which can be seen here, article 14 says: "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region may, when necessary, ask the Central People's Government for assistance from the garrison in the maintenance of public order and in disaster relief." 

But the video does not show PLA troops "entering" Hong Kong -- the footage was actually filmed at Guangzhou South railway station, in mainland China.

Photos of the terminus published here by Hong Kong-based online news portal HK01 and here by Hong Kong’s Chinese-language newspaper Wen Wei Po show the exact same ceiling design as the building in the misleading video.

Below is a screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading posts (L) and the photos from HK01 (C) and Wen Wei Po (R) with areas that show a similar design circled in red:

Screenshot comparison of the video in the misleading posts (L) and the photos from HK01 (C) and Wen Wei Po (R)

This video uploaded to the YouTube channel of China’s Heilongjiang Television with the title: “Guangzhou South railway station: the high-speed rail station with the highest volume of traffic in the country” also shows the same distinctive roof design.

The video is embedded below: 

Below is a screenshot of a section of the video, showing the same distinctive roof design as can be seen in the video in the misleading clips:

Screenshot of the video
Rachel Yan