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Octopus card fare anomalies

Traveling on public transport in Hong Kong with an Octopus card is simple – load up your card with credit, tap on when you start every journey, and the lowest fare will be deducted each time – no more fumbling with coins! However it isn’t always that simple, as these are some anomalies in the Octopus card fare structure.

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Lift lobbies and miniature paid areas at MTR stations

On such a busy rail network as the Hong Kong MTR, it isn’t just the operation of trains that has to be optimised – the passenger flows inside the station have to be kept separated in order to avoid crowds and congestion.

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TV commercial for the 1997 launch of the Octopus card

Way back in 1997 the Octopus card system was introduced to Hong Kong, providing a fast and easy way for passengers to pay their train, tram and bus fares. Teaching passengers how to use the new system is an essential part of the rollout, so to get the message across, television commercials such the following were produced. Continue reading

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Common Stored Value Tickets: ancestor of the Octopus Card

When travelling around Hong Kong by public transport, virtually every mode accepts the ubiquitous Octopus card. All you need to do is touch your card to the reader on boarding, and the fare will be deducted from your balance. However this hasn’t always been the case – other ticketing systems predated it. Continue reading

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Octopus cards of Hong Kong: bilingual?

On my last trip to Hong Kong I did the same thing as every local resident, and picked up an Octopus card so that I could travel around the city by public transport. What most people don’t know is that the cards come in two versions: English and Chinese.

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