Here’s how to travel without a ticket on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen train – Thatsmags.com

ByRochelle W. Stone

Dec 2, 2019

Traveling between Guangzhou and Shenzhen has become much more convenient.

Travelers who wish to take the Guangzhou-Shenzhen intercity train can now scan to ride as if using the subway or bus. A mini-program called “Guangshen Chengjitong” (广 深 子 际 通) allows WeChat users (so everyone) to pay for a train ticket by scanning their phone at the station.

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Railway authorities and WeChat have developed a convenient transportation payment method to improve the efficiency of passenger flow, according to a WeChat article by 广铁 e 行. The service, which officially launched on December 1, is expected to save travelers more than 15 minutes on average. Fortunately, you will no longer need to queue for what piao (collect your ticket) when traveling between the two cities. It should be noted that travelers using the mini-program can only receive a second-class train ticket and discounted prices do not apply, according to Southern Metropolis Daily.

Below we give you a breakdown of the ticketless travel between these two cities.

1. Register for the mini-program

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On WeChat, type “广 深 子 际 通” or scan the QR code below to access the mini-program. Then click on “立即 开通” to register. A pop-up will appear asking for your permission to use your phone number, click “allow”.

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2. Choose a payment method and verify the personal information

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The next page will ask you to choose an automatic payment method. You can choose between your WeChat account balance or a WeChat linked bank card. After choosing a payment method, you will need to confirm your name and identification (or passport) number.

3. Registration completed

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Once all your information has been verified, your registration is complete. We have learned that the registration process is slightly different for Chinese nationals and foreigners. For Chinese citizens, enrollment in the mini-program includes an additional step to scan your face while foreigners will need to bring their passport to the station and scan their face at the station gate.

At the gate, travelers will see the train number, and after scanning to enter the station, the train number and seat information will appear in the mini-program. Once at their destination, passengers will have to scan again to exit the station and the ticket price will be automatically deducted from the WeChat account balance or the bank card.

Currently, the Guangzhou-Shenzhen intercity train includes stops in Guangzhou, Dongguan, Changping, Zhangmutou, Pinghu and Shenzhen. Trains run every 20 minutes, on average, and take a little over an hour to complete the journey.

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[Cover image via @广铁e行/WeChat]


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