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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.

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Octopus card time limits and expiry dates

If you are going to visit Hong Kong for more than a day or two, then a Octopus card is an essential part of getting around. Just load it up with money and travel wherever you like! However if you are planning on spending days exploring the rail network like I did, then there are few things to keep in mind.

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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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