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Old 28-10-2018, 01:43 PM   #286
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netspay setup was quick and easy.
Going to try it in China.

Unionpay is commonly available alongside alipay and wepay righT?
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Old 30-10-2018, 10:08 AM   #287
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This is for the convenience of the PRC tourists as they face the same problem when we go China.

Many local & almost all worldwide would not give a damn about these China cashless .

BTW , Malaysia WeChat Pay also is invalid to use in China .
空欢喜 for some Malaysians.

http://str.sg/ohQM

Another day, another news of Singapore retailers accepting wechat payment. Again, no reciprocal plans whatsoever for Singaporeans to use Wechat in their homeground. What the hell is this man??
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Old 30-10-2018, 11:43 AM   #288
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netspay setup was quick and easy.
Going to try it in China.

Unionpay is commonly available alongside alipay and wepay righT?

Yes. Unionpay is a lot more widely accepted in China than Visa/Master.
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Old 30-10-2018, 04:48 PM   #289
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And not many outside China PRC can use it .

Yes. Unionpay is a lot more widely accepted in China than Visa/Master.

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Old 31-10-2018, 01:34 AM   #290
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For the netspay not all retailers accept. For the QR code mostly still only wechat and alipay.

They accept only union cards. Some retailer saw non local union card some will say not accept.
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:12 AM   #291
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For the netspay not all retailers accept. For the QR code mostly still only wechat and alipay.

They accept only union cards. Some retailer saw non local union card some will say not accept.
That’s true. I tried to use my BOC union pay credit card in China, only the international hotels accept the payment. So it’s best to book hotels first and pre-pay online.
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Old 06-11-2018, 02:23 PM   #292
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To use WeChat, you need to link to to a China issued debit card and have a local number.

For alipay, I managed to link it to my Citibank credit card to TOP up my China mobile phone, but I could not transfer money or make payment in China at the roadside stalls. Not sure why.

Even if you have union pay cc, it has to be a China issued one, it is not accepted in most places unless big international hotels.

When I travel to China, I will park a sum of money in BOC dual currency debit card. Then go over there to withdraw small amounts if the need arises.
IMHO, above summarises the current situation nicely.
WeChat/Alipay requires China bank account and mobile to be able to pay cashlessly in China.

This means for tourists to China like us, we have to rely on cash still, and on occasion, UnionPay, Visa/Master, Amex in order of availability.

Suck thumb. We just have to accept their norms.
UP is the only cashless alternative to Wechat Pay or AliPay, which most of us in Singapore have no access to unless we have a China-based bank account and mobile number. UP is widely accepted in major cities. It saved me the trouble of withdrawing cash from the ATM (not all of them are on the Plus or Cirrus network).

are foreign tourist allowed to get a china mobile number and subsequently a bank account?

i have heard that people usually spend their first day in china doing that
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:17 AM   #293
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You can easily get a chinese local mobile phone subscription plan. Just walk in to any 营业厅, and you can sign up for one. You need to produce your passport though.

As for bank accounts, depending on your luck, you may able to open one. Try ICBC in those 2nd tier cities, think they are not so strict with foreigners who have no residency in China. Do note that you need to have a local mobile phone number.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:25 AM   #294
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are foreign tourist allowed to get a china mobile number and subsequently a bank account?

i have heard that people usually spend their first day in china doing that
Do tourists spend their first day in China getting a mobile number and a bank account? I don't think.
You can get data-roam for a fixed rate without restrictions on websites/apps that you can use. You can also simply purchase a pre-paid card at the airport or some sellers on the street with your passport.
Why would you need a bank account there as a tourist? I didn't. I have always brought my RMB with me.
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:47 AM   #295
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hello! did u managed to clarify your situation yet?
i am currently in SH now and i realised i am edging towards the 1K limit and i have personally tested that i cannot make payment or transfer any amount once the value exceeds 1k.

now i got some balance amount in my Wallet and i am kinda stuck on what is my next steps (since i wont be able to open a china bank account too)

Thanks to anyone who can help.
Hi, sorry for the late reply. Nope. Mine not clarified yet.

for some reasons, i tried again 2 days ago and my limit was lifted!
so i could use my wallet again
Did you do anything during those few days? Added any additional credit/debit cards? How long was your account registered (I mean, was it very recently like just within a week or something)?

Mine is also going to the 1k mark...That's why I'm also worrying...

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Old 08-11-2018, 04:22 PM   #296
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Just back from china.. didn't got the chance to use netspay. Wechat wallet is a savior.. use wechat to pay for my train and flight booking (Chinese version) -no admin fee. Kfc also encourage wechat purchase. They open only 1 counter for cash.

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Old 08-11-2018, 06:49 PM   #297
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those who have problem using wechat

can consider to switch to alipay.
was in shanghai last weekend. my friend's friend sent her 500RMB but unable to use as usual (no verification yet)

She took some picture of her passport and got her verification done within an hour. She registered the alipay using her singapore mobile number.

Successfully made couple of payments after that.
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Old 08-11-2018, 09:57 PM   #298
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those who have problem using wechat

can consider to switch to alipay.
was in shanghai last weekend. my friend's friend sent her 500RMB but unable to use as usual (no verification yet)

She took some picture of her passport and got her verification done within an hour. She registered the alipay using her singapore mobile number.

Successfully made couple of payments after that.

Good to know that it works. Thought they will reject the verification seeing you're a foreigner with foreign passport and number.
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Old 09-11-2018, 07:14 AM   #299
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those who have problem using wechat

can consider to switch to alipay.
was in shanghai last weekend. my friend's friend sent her 500RMB but unable to use as usual (no verification yet)

She took some picture of her passport and got her verification done within an hour. She registered the alipay using her singapore mobile number.

Successfully made couple of payments after that.
Can share how your friend get registered? And she made payment via her Singapore credit card that linked to alipay?

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Old 09-11-2018, 09:02 AM   #300
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I think itís very difficult or near impossible to use it with foreign cards
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