Hong Kong MTR goes WeChat Pay and Alipay

Updated: 28 Nov 2017
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Hong Kong's MTR will allow passengers to use Tencent's WeChat Pay to purchase tickets, according to an agreement signed between Tencent and MTR Corporation on November 23rd, 2017.

Under the collaboration, mobile payment solutions including WeChat Pay HK and Weixin Pay will be offered to the customers of MTR, providing Hongkongers and travellers an expanded payment option.

MTR will commence the trial in mid-December at Lok Ma Chau and Lo Wu stations.

It is believed WeChat Pay is not the only partner in this trial scheme, according to South China Morning Post, WeChat Pay's rival Alipay is believed to be in talks with MTR to introduce an identical payment option.

MTRiders, an unofficial Facebook group set up by MTR staff, revealed that both WeChat Pay and Alipay will be accepted after the scanners are retrofitted into the ticket machines.

The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is the rapid transit railway system in Hong Kong. Currently, MTR passengers often use Octopus Card to buy the tickets. The Octopus Card is a reusable contactless stored value smart card for making electronic payments in online or offline systems in Hong Kong.

Earlier this month, Tencent Hong Kong said it's in talks with the Association for Taxi industry Development to launch the Wechat Pay feature in taxi rides, expecting a thousand taxi adopting the digital payment by the end of this year.
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Penny_XM Commented on 30 Nov 2017
WOW! That's brilliant!