Note: It's not a confusing title, because it's a question, so that means there has to be something to answer.
Some background to what the Octopus is
Octopus is a stored value card that was invented by an Australian company, but turned down by Australia for being too advanced, and subsequently sold to Hong Kong, where now "everyone has one."
The idea is it has so many tentacles connecting to everything you can pay everywhere. It's really useful.
You can purchase at 7-11, convenience stores, MTR (subway and railway), big buses, small buses, some taxis, some McDonald's, some other food stores, and so on, using the badatong.
In Cantonese you say Octopus like: "bada tong"
Note: In Taiwan there is a similar card called an "Easy Card", or "yoyo cut" in Mandarin
Answer to difference between Tourist Sold and Standard On Loan cards
Here's a link with all the information on the difference between the two types.
A summary is:
- Sold means you purchased the card.
- On loan means they lent you the card.
- Sold means when you return it, they refund you all stored value greater than the cost of the card.
- On loan means they refund you all value, including the HKD50 deposit you paid for the load.
More details on the on loan card:
- On loan has a HKD50 deposit which you can "dip into" when you have 0 stored value on your card. Say you go through the MTR and the fare is 11.60, and you only have 5.30 on your card no problem if you have an on loan card, the balance will just go to -6.30 in that case.
- Some shops let you pay into the negative balance for the on loan cards, and others will not.
- On loan cards and sold cards cannot be refunded if they are lost.
Extra Notes: You can get refunds if you lose identity-linked octopus cards. These are AAVS cards and personalized cards. AAVS cards are linked to your bank account or card, and when the balance drops below a certain amount, automatically recharge from your account (awesome, right?). You can cancel these at MTR if you lose them, and transfer any balance to a replacement card. Personalized cards are linked to your identity, and you can get a refund for these and cancel them even if you lose the card, just by proving your identity.
You can top up badatong at 7-11, or in MTR, and some other places.
If you want to top up the badatong in Cantonese say:
Which means "top up HKD 200"
- zun zek - top up
- leung - two
- baak - hundred
So if you want to add 100 say:
If you want to add 300 say:
The aa pronounce like "a" in "are".