Daily Archives: November 9, 2019


Recently both Alipay and WeChat Pay, the two leading mobile payment platforms, announced that they are enabling mobile payments for visiting foreigners. Previously foreigners could only use mobile payment if they had a Chinese bank account, which normally requires a visa that allows temporary residence in the country. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible to open a Chinese bank account if you don’t actually live in China. For the study tours that ChinaTalk organises we normally try to enable mobile payment for the participants since we consider it to be an important part of the Chinese digital experience. A […]

Abacus interview: thoughts on mobile payments for foreigners