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I remember my first time going through the high speed rail station, I bought the ticket through Ctrip and lined up for the automated machine. I was a little worried when I saw everyone scanning their ID cards, and it didn't look like a scanner for passports. Yet, I thought this is a brand new station and the pride of China! Surely I would be able to enter my passport number.

 

We all know how that ended up, but there was a bright side to it. Man behind me tried to help asking if I had my 身份证, which I replied that I only have a passport. He seemed confused that I'm probably the only person he has ever met that doesn't have a 身份证. After the puzzled look he repeated if I had my 身份证?

 

I opt for the mail delivery, but I'm sure many of you have had the misfortune to wait in line for window service only to listen to 90% of people in line for services they can easily do at the automated machines.

 

 

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889

To update that, there are now ticket machines at some stations that claim to accept passports: there's a slot where you slide through the machine-readable text on the bottom of your passport page. I haven't gotten it to work yet, but I hear some others have.

 

Exiting stations, there are now some places where exit control is by machine only, and there's a window in the gate for passports. It scanned my passport and the gate opened. Perhaps station entrances will soon have similar gates.

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1 hour ago, 889 said:

Exiting stations, there are now some places where exit control is by machine only, and there's a window in the gate for passports. It scanned my passport and the gate opened. Perhaps station entrances will soon have similar gates.

 

Machines are set up to scan either 身份证 or foreign 护照 as you exit baggage claim and enter the customs area 海关 at Kunming's airport 长水国际机场。They are in the part of baggage claim used for international arrivals (not domestic.) I've used them several times without any difficulty with my US passport. 

 

These machines, and their programming, seems to be getting smarter. 

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suMMit

There are a few stations in South China that you can pick up your tickets at the machine with your passport. My colleague tried at zhongshan and didn't work for him, his passport was very ragged though. I do it every time at Shenzhen Luohu. So far I know Guangzhou east station and SZ Luohu let you scan passports to get through. 

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suMMit

As of the last couple weeks, picking up train tickets at automated machine not working for me anymore👎

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I just picked up an airline boarding pass using one of those machines, the sort with a slot where you slide through the bottom of your passport data page.

 

I first tried several times and, like the train station machines, it wouldn't read my passport. Then as I was about to give up and head like a hopeless foreigner to the check-in counter, an attendant came over to help the hopeless foreigner at the machine. It seems there's a knack to using the slot -- you have to slide the passport through pretty quickly -- and when she did, it worked.

 

I'll try this approach with train station machines next.

 

Note it's the slot machines that seem finicky; the ones where your passport sits flat on a scanner are more reliable.

 

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