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In Guangzhou, there is a convenient way to use Guangzhou Metro, you don’t need to buy tickets from the tickets machine. It is not using your Yangchengtong card, NFC, Apple Pay or credit (UnionPay) cards.

You just need to download the Guangzhou Metro official app, register the transit code feature and link your WeChat Pay or Alipay account to use it. It can pass the gates rapidly. When you exit the subway station, it will deduct your money about the subway fee automatically from your linked WeChat Pay or Alipay Account.

Right now, Chinese citizens knew this convenient feature, but only a few foreigners know this because this feature is not available in English, only Chinese. In this article, I am going to teach foreigners to use this feature.


Guangzhou Metro Official App:


Tutorial Video (With Chinese app translation):


Instructions:

1. Using official app:

First, download Guangzhou Official App and register an account.

  1. Go to http://www.gzmtr.com/APP/ to download and install (APK or App Store, this app is not available on Google Play Store).
  2. Change your app language to Chinese, English version does not support this feature.
  3. Register your account with your Chinese Phone Number. If you don’t have a Chinese phone number, you can use WeChat/Alipay Mini Program instead.
  4. Open the transit code feature at the center of the bottom bar in the app and click ‘立即开通 (Register Now)’, and then follow the instructions in the WeChat or Alipay to link your WeChat Pay or Alipay account.

Then, you can use it in Guangzhou Metro:

  1. Open your app’s transit code feature.
  2. Go to an orange gate (Since Jan. 15th, 2019, you can use it in any of the gates, not only the orange gates).
  3. Click ‘扫码进/出站 (Scan to Enter/Exit)’ on your phone. It will show a QR Code and it will update every 0.5 seconds.
  4. Put your QR Code on the gate’s scanner, the gate will open.
  5. You can pass the gate.

2. Using WeChat Mini Program:

First, get the mini program and register an account:

  1. Open WeChat > Discover > Mini Program.
  2. Type ‘广州地铁乘车码’ in the search bar (you can copy and paste it if you don’t have Chinese input or keyboard).
  3. Click ‘广州地铁乘车码’ in the search result.
  4. Click the center button ‘同意协议并开通 (I agree with the Terms and Conditions and register)’ to register and link your WeChat Pay Account (require payment password).

Then, you can use it in Guangzhou Metro:

  1. Open WeChat > Discover > Mini Program > ‘广州地铁乘车码’.
  2. Click ‘扫码进/出站 (Scan to enter/exit)’ button.
  3. Put your QR Code on the gate’s scanner, the gate will open.
  4. You can pass the gate.

3. Using Alipay Mini Program:

First, get the mini program and register an account:

  1. Open Alipay > Friends > Mini Program.
  2. Type ‘广州地铁乘车码’ in the search bar (you can copy and paste it if you don’t have Chinese input or keyboard).
  3. Click ‘广州地铁乘车码’ in the search result.
  4. Check ‘我已阅读并同意《广州地铁乘车码办理协议》 (I have read and agree with the Terms and Conditions)’.
  5. Click ‘立即领卡 (Claim it now)’ to register and link your AliPay Account (require payment password).

Then, you can use it in Guangzhou Metro:

  1. Open Alipay > Friends > Mini Program > ‘广州地铁乘车码’.
  2. Click ‘扫码进/出站 (Scan to enter/exit)’ button.
  3. Put your QR Code on the gate’s scanner, the gate will open.
  4. You can pass the gate.

Caution:

  1. Please keep your app up to date to adapt the new lines.
  2. This feature does not support on the tram.
  3. Do not use different methods (Official app, WeChat Mini Program and Alipay Program) between entering the station and exiting the station at the same journey.
  4. The app is not available in Google Play Store because it has been blocked in China.
  5. App’s English version does not support the transit code feature.
  6. There is an express train in Line 14, it only stops at Jiahewanggang, Xinhe, Conghua Coach Terminal, Dongfeng and Zhenlong station. Be careful when you take Line 14 in Guangzhou Metro!

Have any questions? Feel free to contact me! I live in Guangzhou!

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