The subway system in Beijing has integrated the Bank of China digital currency (CBDC) with the payment ecosystem.
China’s digital yuan, also known as e-CNY, is now fully supported as a payment or top-up option at 428 subway stations on 24 lines, Beijing railway announced on Tuesday.
This is a major update after the trial of the metro system launched in June, where e-CNY was initially only supported for the Yitongxing mobile app. With the latest update, e-CNY is practically launched for 10 million daily riders of Beijing subway to top up their physical transportation cards, buy one-time tickets online or offline.
A review video taken by a local commercial media outlet on Tuesday shows that ticketing terminals at a Beijing subway station now have the option to pay e-CNY alongside cash, WeChat Pay or AliPay when users choose to purchase a single ride. Users who choose the e-CNY payment method will use their e-CNY wallet to scan the payment QR codes displayed on the terminal screen.
To top up their transportation card balance, people will need to go through a similar process by choosing the e-CNY payment option and scan QR codes for payment with their e-CNY wallet.
In addition to automated ticket machines, all staffed service counters will allow users to top up their cards or purchase tickets using their e-CNY wallet.