China will provide foreign travelers with more convenient railway services, including easier online ticket purchasing and self-check-in service, according to the China State Railway.

The measure was taken after the country decided to issue a new version of the foreign permanent resident identity card from Friday. Holders of the new card will enjoy the same self-service and online services as Chinese citizens, the company assured.

Furthermore, railway authorities also launched an online identity verification service for foreign passport holders on Tuesday. Previously, foreign passengers who purchased tickets on, China’s official railway ticket booking website, had to take their passport to counters at railway stations to verify their identity information.


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