CHINA: MTR Corp and electronic wallet company AlipayHK are to launch QR code payment on Hong Kong’s rail network on January 23.

Passengers will be able to tap the entry/exit gates with a QR Code Ticket generated by an MTR Mobile or EasyGo app linked to an AlipayHK account.

AlipayHK has a 12 month period of exclusivity from the launch, but the system is also compatible with e-wallets from other service providers.

‘Mobile payment has been an important focus of the corporation’s digital transformation and the launch of QR code payment for travelling on the MTR is a major milestone’, said MTR Corp Commercial Director Jeny Yeung. ’Moving with the times, we will continue to introduce more mobile payment options in the future making the travelling experience smarter, providing further convenience to passengers.’