Chinese Spring Festival travel rush, the world's largest annual human migration, kicked off on Monday this year, with nearly three billion trips expected to be made in the 40 days from January 21 to March 1.
New technologies were introduced this year to increase efficiency during the travel rush. In Guangdong province, some railway stations pioneered ticketless travel to which Alipay’s mini program makes a significant contribution.
Starting from Monday, passengers could have their payment QR code on the phone screen scanned to board the high-speed intercity trains connecting the provincial capital of Guangzhou with the nearby city of Shenzhen.
Passengers are issued QR codes valid for entering the train station after passing the identity verification via Alipay. A message will be sent to the passenger to double check the train number and the seat number. The fare is according to the second-class ticket price, and the seat is randomized among the second-class seats.
The QR payment only takes a few minutes, compared with 20 to 30 minutes time for ticket purchasing before entering the station in the past and also alleviate crowding in front of the ticket booths.