International travelers can now use mobile payments in China as Alipay has launched a new version of its payment app designed for short-term overseas visitors.
After installing the Alipay app, international visitors can register with their overseas mobile phone number to access the “Tour Pass” mini-program through which they can use the “Prepaid Card” service provided by the Bank of Shanghai.
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The minimum top-up for each card is CNY100, with balance capped at CNY2000. The card is valid for 90 days, after which any remaining funds will be refunded automatically.
With the new Alipay service, visitors can pay through QR code or make online purchases through the app.