Users of high-speed railways in China will be able to access trains only with an identity document starting next year, without needing to have a physical ticket, the official China Daily newspaper reported today.
The state railway operator, China Railway Corporation, confirmed that next year – there is still no concrete date – this system will be applied nationwide.
Passengers can access the trains after scanning a Chinese identity document or, in the case of foreigners, a permanent residence permit, eliminating the need to have a ticket so far, even for users who had booked online.
For those who can not use this system, it is foreseen that they can use a QR code – a system similar to the bar code that stores information in a matrix of points that can be decoded with mobile devices.
As of 2019 this system can be used at any high-speed station in China, although since 2011 passengers have been allowed to enter the lines linking Beijing with Tianjin and Beijing with Shanghai with their identity document.
Today, obtaining the ticket with machines that read identity documents is available in most major cities in China, such as Canton or Shenzhen.