Wireless payment enters Shanghai maglev
Updated: 2017-11-03

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A woman uses her phone to scan a QR code and get into the Longyang Road maglev station in Shanghai on Oct 30. It is a new function on Shanghai Metro's official app "Metro Daduhui", enabling registered users to correlate their Alipay or UnionPay card with the app to make payments, making Shanghai the first city in China to introduce wireless payment for train rides on its metro system. Both the Alipay and UnionPay options allow users to top up their app account. To encourage people to try out the new method, 200 users can enjoy a free ride, every day from Nov 1 to Dec 31. The hope is, by the beginning of next year, passengers travelling throughout the network will be able to use the new paying method at every maglev station. [Photo by Ding Ting/Xinhua]

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A citizen shows the QR code on "Metro Daduhui", which can be instantly read by the turnstile machine in mere 0.5 second. The code will immediately change after the passenger enters the maglev station, preventing anyone else from trying to squeeze through. Passengers can simply press the "refresh" button to receive a new code and exit the station with the fare automatically deducted from their account. [Photo by Ding Ting/Xinhua]

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