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).
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.
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.
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)
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.
I received a sum of RMB from a friend cus we went out then he no SGD -.-
Stupidly I said yea yea I got wechat can receive.
After awhile, now wna cash it out I realize I can't...
balance requires verification of real-name identity info
All this while I'm thinking if i can receive i should be able to send out as well ma and I added a dbs debit card in it, no issue. Never say not supported or what till now.
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