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China Offers Joined-Up Rail Ticketing to 'Belt and Road' Countries

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A smartphone app offering seamless rail travel across participating countries is based on China’s domestic train ticketing system, developers said.

Credit: Xinhua

The China Academy of Railway Sciences Corporation said researchers have engineered an all-in-one train ticketing system that unifies different ticket selling platforms in more than 140 countries in a single smartphone application.

The system is customized for member-nations of China's Belt and Road Initiative, with customers in initial adopter country Laos able to book tickets via smartphone since March 15.

The system's primary servers can handle requests from passengers in different languages, while the Swiss franc will be its standard currency for international exchange, according to the researchers.

The Belt and Road ticket system is the international iteration of China's 12306 domestic train ticket app.

From South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
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