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Published on : Thursday, August 31, 2017
Automated up-gradation system of ticketing in Hing Kong will ease to travel by railways. A recent video was posted by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, where the use of the new ticketing machines, which can scan the travel permits of the residents at the railway stations in the mainland China.
This will make the ticketing procedures more convenient.
The automation is part of a wider plan by the central government on equal benefits for Hongkongers.
Earlier this month, the railway administration of Beijing is planning to offer Hongkongers the same privileges as their mainland counterparts when studying, working or living across the border.
The report coincided with calls by President Xi Jinping in July to make it “more convenient” for Hongkongers to “study, work and live on the mainland” so that the city could take advantage of the national development opportunities.
Previously, the only mainland passengers could avoid the hassle of having to queue up to collect their tickets at stations.
They could purchase the e-tickets online or board trains with their personal identification cards.
As of end June this year, there are about 215 train stations in five provinces and the cities of Beijing and Shanghai which have received the technical upgrades on their machines.
This can enable the travellers from Hong Kong to buy the tickets by scanning their home return permits and avoid the long collection queues.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor when visited Tianjin and Beijing posted the video of her travelling to the Chinese capital.