New smart Card Can be Used in Between Hong Kong and Six Mainland Cities

New smart card can be used in two citiesResidents traveling to and from Hong Kong and six cities in Guangdong will be able to use one smart card by next year when a deal between Lingnan Tong and Octopus begins.

A two in one card will be issued to card holders which can be used in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Foshan, Jiangmen, Shanwei, Zhaoqing anf Huizhou. The card will be equipped with two types of electronic purses that will allow holders to pay in yuan while in the Guangdong cities and Hong Kong dollars when they are in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang said that cross border cooperation between Guangdong and Hong Kong is doing well, and that this will be a stepping stone in the next stage of Hong Kong-Guangdong collaboration, proving the sincerity of the cities to reinforce cooperation between them.

A motoring scheme will also be implemented by March of next year, which allows a Hong Kong registered car with five seats capacity to drive in Guangdong when issued a one off permit at the border. Details of the scheme have not yet been released since pending discussions on a reciprocal agreement are still being debated. once approved, the scheme will benefit around seven million car owners.

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