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Alipay Rolls Into Shanghai Subway Stations

A passenger tries out facial recognition technology as he walks through a turnstile at the Shanghai subway on Tuesday during a ceremony to mark a tie-up among Alibaba, Alipay-operator Ant Financial and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, the city’s subway operator. Photo: Visual China
A passenger tries out facial recognition technology as he walks through a turnstile at the Shanghai subway on Tuesday during a ceremony to mark a tie-up among Alibaba, Alipay-operator Ant Financial and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, the city’s subway operator. Photo: Visual China

The race to go ticketless at Chinese subway stations is zipping ahead with a new tie-up between the Shanghai subway operator and electronic payments giant Alipay.

The pair signed a strategic agreement on Tuesday that could ultimately make current subway cards obsolete, and will also see a number of other new high-tech bells and whistles enter China’s second most traveled subway system, after only Beijing.

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