The transportation smart card acceptable in Guangdong and Hong Kong will be available for sale in both places as of July 18, to unify Hong Kong’s Octopus and Guangdong’s Lingnan Tong into one card.
The card contains two separated accounts for RMB and HKD to comply with the different currencies of the two places. The cardholders can use the card freely in the metro, buses, taxis, ferries and any other retail outlets accepting Octopus or LNT.
The two-in-one card will be available at the customer service centers of Hong Kong’s MTR and Guangdong’s LNT retail counters for RMB 80 or HKD 98 without a refundable deposit and initial value, meaning the new cardholders will have to add money before use. Cardholders can add money to the card in both places with corresponding currency. The card is anonymous, so reporting it as lost is not applicable.
The operators of the card in both places will also issue 3,000 sets of limited edition card at RMB 238 or HKD 298 as of July 2.
According to Liu Xiaohua, deputy director of Guangdong Communications Department, as the LNT card will be accessible in cities like Shenzhen and Dongguan at the end of the year, the new card can be used throughout the province and Hong Kong, and even in Macau in 2013.
(By Lynus Tan and Richard Glauert)