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Ya i tried and it didnt work.

You need to have a working mobile number which link to the Bank card first. Then I believe it will work. Probably you can try during next travel to China.

This year everything becomes more difficult and it could be China side also gets more strict when activating WeChat Pay or Alipay.
 

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Do I need to “preserve” the China mobile number that is linked to my Bank card?
 

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Do I need to “preserve” the China mobile number that is linked to my Bank card?

Yes if you want to use it long term.

I am paying RMB18 per month to maintain my China Mobile number.

The mobile is also very useful for China app usages.
 

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The PC version that use to be able to accept transfer is not working anymore, can anyone confirm?
 

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Just read this article that it is possible to use transferwise to send money to Alipay users.

Anyone tried this before? What are the rates like?
 

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Just read this article that it is possible to use transferwise to send money to Alipay users.
Anyone tried this before? What are the rates like?
This is quite new and not so sure if there are people using it or not.

Rough rates are listed on their website.

https://transferwise.com/us/blog/new...o-alipay-users


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Managed to link my dbs card to WeChat wallet. Don't know if can use in china. Can't test right now.
 

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Managed to link my dbs card to WeChat wallet. Don't know if can use in china. Can't test right now.

It will be of limited usage. Most importantly you can not pay street vendor and you will not be able to top up by receiving transfer or red packet. But you may be able to pay certain services. You may be able to pay apps subscription as well.

You can test as well here in Singapore by paying for apps subscription, for example, try one month VIP of QQ Music, etc.
 

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It will be of limited usage. Most importantly you can not pay street vendor and you will not be able to top up by receiving transfer or red packet. But you may be able to pay certain services. You may be able to pay apps subscription as well.

You can test as well here in Singapore by paying for apps subscription, for example, try one month VIP of QQ Music, etc.

Ok thanks. Disappointing
 

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It will be of limited usage. Most importantly you can not pay street vendor and you will not be able to top up by receiving transfer or red packet. But you may be able to pay certain services. You may be able to pay apps subscription as well.

You can test as well here in Singapore by paying for apps subscription, for example, try one month VIP of QQ Music, etc.

Managed to link my master and visa cards to wechat pay.

For all china merchants big or small we will only know whether the transaction is approved after we tried right?

Higher probability in malls and restaurants for international cards to work this I understand.
 

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Managed to link my master and visa cards to wechat pay.

For all china merchants big or small we will only know whether the transaction is approved after we tried right?

Higher probability in malls and restaurants for international cards to work this I understand.

Visa/Master Credit card payment: no issues with more tourist oriented holes or shops in big cities. Limited usage in smaller cities or smaller shops. Not for street vendors.

UnionPay credit card: higher chance of acceptance in bigger shops across China, not for street vendors

Wechat Pay without link to China bank card: limited usages, not possible to top up, transfer or red packets, not able to pay street vendors.

Alipay Tour Pass: can be used to pay street vendors, but with many other restrictions.

Cash: still okay for street vendors.

Workaround: 3rd party top up services for Alipay or Wechat Pay
 
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Physical money: all the money changes
Wechat Pay or Alipay Top up: 3rd party services

Any recommend 3rd party service? Cant find anyone selling on Carousell now. I am looking for alipay top up
 

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Any recommend 3rd party service? Cant find anyone selling on Carousell now. I am looking for alipay top up

Sorry no idea as I do not use them. In the Alipay thread you can pm those who tried the services.
 

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This 2 same ?
Wechat Pay linked to visa/master but not China cards and accounts.

Visa/Master Credit card payment: no issues with more tourist oriented holes or shops in big cities. Limited usage in smaller cities or smaller shops. Not for street vendors.

Wechat Pay without link to China bank card: limited usages, not possible to top up, transfer or red packets, not able to pay street vendors.
 

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This 2 same ?
Wechat Pay linked to visa/master but not China cards and accounts.

Not the same. But basically Wechat Pay linked to foreign Visa/Master card has very limited use cases in China, like ride hailing and train booking, etc.

Edit to add:
A few users have also reported success in paying for VIP subscription of apps.
 
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Are we still able to top up wechat wallet via third party? I try 2 but they say cannot due to china policy.
 
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