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 As China moves towards a cashless and cardless society, e-transactions have become a part of daily life. Mobile payment like Alipay, WeChat e-wallet and Apple Pay can be used in most malls, stores, supermarkets and even with street vendors. Having an account on one of these platforms will definitely make your shopping experience easier. Chinese people are increasingly less likely to carry wallets as most payments can be made by smartphone.

 Transportation

屏幕快照%202020-03-04%20下午4.40.31.pngBicycle: China has developed a bike-sharing system over the past few years to reduce air pollution and protect the environment. Major bike-sharing operators have their bikes scattered on university campuses and bike racks throughout the city, making short distance travel convenient. To borrow a bike, all you need is a smartphone linked to your bank account for mobile payment.

 

 

屏幕快照%202020-03-04%20下午4.42.35.pngRidesharing Transportation: Peer-to-peer ridesharing transportation is another common way to travel from point to point. Ride-hailing apps are able to carpool, call taxis and book limousine service and various types of vehicles are available to meet your travel needs. Typically, app-fares are generally cheaper than taxi fares.

 

屏幕快照%202020-03-04%20下午4.42.18.pngMetro/Subway: Each major city in China has its own metro system which provides convenient and timely transportation. Fares are inexpensive and differ from one city to another. Metro/subway transportation is recommended especially during rush hours to avoid heavy traffic.

 

屏幕快照%202020-03-04%20下午4.43.03.pngTrain & High-speed Railway: Trains are highly recommended for long-distance travel. They are both safe and economical and allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. High-speed trains are more expensive, but are able to get you to your destination much faster than a regular train as they can travel at around 350 km per hour.

 

Five Essential Apps for Traveling in China

WeChat

WeChat is omnipresent in China. With more than 1 billion monthly active users, the Tencent app is for more than just messaging. You can settle bills, shop online and order food delivery – all without ever leaving WeChat.

- Keep in touch with local friends

- Go cashless with WeChat pay

Alipay

Operated by Alibaba, Alipay is one of China’s two dominant payment apps. It’s accepted by most restaurants, supermarkets, and department stores. Friends also use it to send gift money known as red packets to each other during the Lunar New Year.

- Leave your cash at home

- Get exclusive discounts in select stores.

Didi

Traveling around China’s biggest cities would be harder without Didi Chuxing. The app is China’s answer to Uber and Lyft, providing users with on-demand cab services in various levels of comfort and luxury. Best of all, the app comes in various language and lets you pay with an international credit card –uncommon for most ride-hailing services in China.

- Available in hundreds of Chinese cities

- Choose from regular taxis and chauffeured sedans

Meituan

The app has a variety of functions, but food remains one of the main reasons for using Meituan. Whether it’s ordering bubble tea or finding restaurant deals in your neighborhood, locals go to Meituan whenever they’re hungry.

-      Make reservations during busy hours

-      Find deals in local restaurants

-      Get meals and groceries delivered to your door

 

Mobike

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore a new city. Services like Mobike allows you to pick up a bike whenever you see one, and just leave it at any destination. Best of all, the app is available in English!

-      Get around faster

-      Scan the QR code on a bike to get started.

 

 

 

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