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3 Mobile Apps Optional for Bus and Subway Rides in Changsha

Updated: 2019-07-24

From the morning of July 22, the Changsha bus app, called Xiangxing Yikatong (“湘行一卡通”) is available for Changsha metro rides. Meanwhile, the Changsha metro app (“长沙地铁”) is also available for bus rides. This means that passengers can use either of these two apps to take bus or subway in Changsha.

There are 3 apps that allow QR code payment for both bus and subway rides in Changsha. They are: Xiangxing Yikatong; Changsha Metro; and, Hebao Pay (or He Bao Zhi Fu).

Xiangxing Yikatong

The app supports both Android and iOS operating systems. However, IOS system is now unavailable for subway rides on this app. Its online recharge service is limited to mobile phones with near field communication (NFC) function. The balance in the app can be withdrawn.

Changsha Metro

The app supports both Android and iOS operating systems. However, IOS system is now unavailable for bus rides on this app. It does not offer NFC recharge service. The balance in the app cannot be withdrawn. "When scanning a code to pass through a check-in machine, the screen often indicates ‘abnormal’. Then I have to reopen the app, and regenerate a QR code. Sometimes when I scan to check out, the gate doesn't open, but the system indicates that I’ve out," Passenger Xie said.

Hebao Pay

The app supports both Android and iOS operating systems. By the end of this September, the app users can enjoy a maximum 90% discount once a day for subway rides. A deposit of 10 yuan is needed to use the app to take subway. Some passengers complained that the QR code’s loading time is a bit long.

Translator: Kuang Zhenzhen
Chinese source: hn.xinhuanet.com